Middleton Mill

About 15 mile northwest of Charleston South Carolina, along the Ashley River, is a plantation called Middleton Place. This is a National Historic Landmark, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America, scenic lakes, old buildings and wildlife. This is an old mill on one of the lakes. The lake is surrounded by manicured lawnsContinue reading “Middleton Mill”

Garden of Harmony and Peace

Zig Zag Bridge at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden Dedicated in 1977, our 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences. Incorporating carefully designed plantings, waterfalls, beaches and islands, the Japanese Garden invites visitors to experience theContinue reading “Garden of Harmony and Peace”

Linnean House

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri. It is also known informally as Shaw’s Garden for founder and philanthropist Henry Shaw. Built in 1882, the Linnean House (also “Linnæan House” in some historical references) is the oldest continuously operated public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River. ItContinue reading “Linnean House”

Daylilies at The Cascades

Daylilies in front of another Forest Park icon. In the background is a waterfall which may be the parks most prominent feature. Some of my earliest memories are of climbing up to the top to see where it was coming from. Now every photographer in the world is here doing wedding shots for their clients. Continue reading “Daylilies at The Cascades”

Bandstand

The Nathan Frank Bandstand is one of the interesting in St. Louis’ Forest Park. The original bandstand on this site was built around the time Forest Park opened in 1876. Constructed of wood, it was renovated for the 1904 World’s Fair and was one of the Fair’s most photographed structures. Concerts held there were popularContinue reading “Bandstand”

Great Egret

Forest Park in St. Louis has an open air theater with a lake in front of it. I was walking to the lake when, coming around some shrubbery, I almost ran into this Egret. The Egret did not flinch. He gave me some poses and then flew down into the lake. A very obliging bird.Continue reading “Great Egret”

Saint Boogie

A crowd in downtown is serenaded as they had a quick breakfast and organized for their  annual parade. In the background is the old St. Louis Courthouse.  This is the site of the Dred Scott case which contributed to the start of the Civil War and now acts as an historic museum sitting in frontContinue reading “Saint Boogie”

Old Barn

This is a follow-up to the previous post. The Midwest is filled with very flat farmland as shown in the previous post and gentle rolling hills as shown here. As our old barns are disappearing, our scenic landscape is changing. Regardless, driving through our picturesque Midwest is a way to experience spacious farmlands,  old structuresContinue reading “Old Barn”

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.

Backyard Cardinal

Playing with my Nikkor Z 70-200mm lens today in the backyard. There are a lot of Cardinals back there and this turned out to be one of favorite photos. The Cardinal is about 120 ft away sitting on an old log. The settings were: 310mm (using a 2x Teleconverter), f6.7, 1/180sec, ISO 800. Camera NikonContinue reading “Backyard Cardinal”