Observation Deck

4,256-acre Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is a  preserve located on the south side of the Missouri River at its confluence with the Mississippi River. Annually they plant Sunflower fields for residents to explore and photograph. In the photo is an observation deck that makes an interesting addition to the photo. Columbia Bottom is for thoseContinue reading “Observation Deck”

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”

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”

Stearman

Commemorative Air Force’s P-17 Stearman. The Army and Navy both used the trusty Stearman where they were referred to primarily as a PT-17 with the Army and a N2S-3 with the Navy.  Although the Stearman was challenging to fly in the hands of a student pilot with no previous experience, it allowed instructors to quickly evaluateContinue reading “Stearman”

Show Me

B-25 Mitchell “Show Me” taxis in after a short flight. Following is a PT-17 Stearman. St. Charles’ Smartt Field is home of the Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force which has the B-25, the Stearman and a TBM-3 Avenger. The Wright Twin Cyclone engines power this beast to the delight of air show attendeesContinue reading “Show Me”

Goslings

More Spring in Forest Park. Post-Dispatch Lake in Forest Park is the best place to see wildlife. Ducks, geese, egrets and other creatures are abundant in this area. Here are a pair of geese with their newly hatched goslings. 

Springtime

All seasons in Forest Park are worth a visit. This section between the Grand Basin and Post Dispatch lake is particularly scenic. It has multiple streams, bridges, wildlife and flowers. You can view the St. Louis Art Museum from the Grand Basin and walk over to the Boat House for lunch. A nice way toContinue reading “Springtime”

Country Road

On of the most scenic areas in St. Charles County. This is a private shooting and hunting site but represent much of this scenic area. Across the road is Busch Wildlife, a public wildlife preserve that gives you access to this rural area in Weldon Spring, MO.

Dusk in St. Louis

The sun has set behind downtown St. Louis and the lighting system for the Arch has just turned on. 100 years ago the Mississippi River levee would have been lined with riverboats and the area in front of me would have been packed with warehouses. Freight trains were already replacing river trade and trucks wereContinue reading “Dusk in St. Louis”