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.

Flying People

I thought I would use this scene to give some photography tips. This is a gymnastic team at Circus Flora in St. Louis. Circus Flora is a one ring circus with interesting sets, costumes and acts. This makes it a good venue to photograph with continuing subjects and a lot of challenges. The good: oneContinue reading “Flying People”

Under the Big Top

Yoyo the Narrator opens Circus Flora, a one ring circus. Commissioned by famed Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti for the Spoleto Festival in 1986, Circus Flora immediately set about creating productions unlike most Americans had seen before – productions that melded the best elements of traditional European circus with modern theater techniques and sensibilities. FromContinue reading “Under the Big Top”

Waking the Beast

If someone woke you up, you would be grumpy too. Starting this Wright Twin Cyclone’s 14 cylinders is fun to watch as it kicks and backfires during the startup process. Here you see the co-pilot watch the engine as each cylinder comes in line until they all are working in unison.  Once all is running smoothlyContinue reading “Waking the Beast”

Spanish Lady

“Spanish Lady” is Nose Art on a North American Aviation T-6 Texan. The Spanish Lady is a 1949 North American T-6G Texan. She was originally manufactured by North American Aviation in 1944 as an AT-6D and was used to train allied pilots during World War II. The Texan is two-seat aircraft and served as theContinue reading “Spanish Lady”