Canyons

The Chicago River has endless opportunities for interesting photographs. You can scroll down and see a few taken from a higher level. Walking the streets around the river, I found that the bridges are places for getting a great perspective of the area. This photo was taken from the Michigan Avenue bridge looking through aContinue reading “Canyons”

Sunrise on the Chicago River

View of the Chicago River at sunrise. To the left is the Chicago Tribune Building with the colorful lights on top and to the right of the river is the new St. Regis hotel. At 101 stories, the Super Skyscraper is the third tallest in Chicago. In the early morning you can watch the darkContinue reading “Sunrise on the Chicago River”

Rural America

If you are traveling by by car for vacation this summer, this may be a scene you see repeatedly on the highway. Our Midwest can be a place of beauty with interesting scenes around every corner. Be sure to visit: Rural Missouri for more scenes like this. Click on the photo for purchase options.

Pere Marquette Cabin

Driving up the The Great River Road outside of Alton, Illinois is a great experience. Driving from Alton, though Grafton on to Pere Marqutte State Park you will find great restaurants, wineries, bed and breakfasts and a spectacular view of the Mississippi River. Be sure to stop along the way to see the Bald EaglesContinue reading “Pere Marquette Cabin”

Mississippi River Sunrise

One of the best places to observe spectacular sunrises is at the White House Retreat in South St. Louis County. This is on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River valley and early morning risers are rarely disappointed.

High Horse

This gift shop was built in 1856 according to the sign. However, I suspect it did not start out as a tourist trap. This is a building in  Elsa, Illinois, an old village along the Mississippi River between Alton and Grafton. This 18th century enclave is fun to explore with lost of classic old buildings.

Elsah Church

Tucked away in the bluffs along the Mississippi River is the little village of Elsah, IL. The entire village of Elsah is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This village, with a population of around one hundred people, is often referred to as the “village where time stood still.” Visitors to Elsah can escapeContinue reading “Elsah Church”

Elsah Church

North of St. Louis is a scenic area near the convergence of the Illinois and Mississippi. The drive along this area is called The Great River Road and visitors can take days to explore the area. One feature of the area is that the highway runs through a narrow area between the river and the bluffs.Continue reading “Elsah Church”

Scenic Barn

This was taken off Interstate 39 just North of Bloomington, Illinois. This is one of those situations where you are driving along the highway and you see one scenic barn after another and finally have to stop and take a photo! This is a 3 shot HDR photo using the corner of my car windowContinue reading “Scenic Barn”