This rainbow formed a perfect backdrop to St. Clare of Assisi Church, O’Fallon, Illinois where the refracted and then reflected sun rays produced a visual treat from the storm’s last few raindrops. Although the physical church is new (designed by BCDM Architects and completed in 2007) the parish began 150 years ago under the Diocese of Belleville.
This picturesque scene captures northeastern St Clair County, Illinois, outside Lebanon IL. The Farmer’s Almanac states Native Americans call this October full moon the Hunter’s Moon, thereby marking the time they should begin their hunt in preparation for the winter months. The old tree which witnessed the passing of many seasons frames this classic farm scene while the tilled lines lead the eye toward the old shed and the farm house on the horizon.
This Forest Park (St Louis MO) image captured a colorful sunset as reflected by the Emerson Grand Basin. The unusual pink sky and the quickly changing red maples on the Art Hill pathway made for intriguing and colorful accents. On this evening, the basin fountains almost shine as bright as the generosity of Mary Ann Lee, who along with her husband Desmond, has given so much to the St Louis Community, to include these fountains in her name.
This steamy sunset took place over Carlyle Lake (US Army Corps of Engineers), Clinton County, Illinois in late August. Thunderstorms made their presence felt all day, but as the sun reached for the western horizon, the heavy clouds began to recede leaving behind soppy and humid lands. Knowing evening storm clouds can produce dramatic sunsets, at my daughter’s urging, we pressed the chase all the way to this scenic setting. For me, more incredible than this sunset, was my daughter’s spirit while spending a Friday night with her father chasing this fantastic sunset.
This image captures the 2016 rising of the Hunter’s Moon over northeastern St Clair County, Illinois, outside Lebanon IL. With the onset of cooler weather, our farmers were busy harvesting crops and clearing fields. These farmers were very friendly, but a little curious why I was standing on a quite country road. After offering their roadside assistance, I explained in the next few minutes, this scene would become even more picturesque with the rising of the full moon…a image I’d waited several weeks to capture.
Horseshoe Lake resides in the “American Bottom” (aka American Bottoms), which consists of floodplain lands on the western shore of Illinois. The curve “horseshoe” lake is a remnant of the meandering Mississippi River which became cut off from the main river channel, thereby forming an oxbow lake. Today, Horseshoe Lake is an US National Natural Landmark and hosts wildlife which stands in contrast to the development of the St Louis greater metropolitan area. In this winter sunset, the water normally large water lilies succumbed to early deep freezes, allowing the lake to mirror the colorful sunset above.
Built in 1859, this bridge aided 19th century residents who needed to cross the Kaskaskia River into Carlyle, Clinton County, Illinois. Given its enduring significance, its now on the National Register of Historic Places. Today its carries the name Major General William F. Dean Bridge; a Carlyle native who served in the Korean War. This night image captures a winter moonrise along with the decorative lights strung along the bridge.
St Louis’ Forest Park serves as one of our country’s best city parks. This image reveals Pagoda Lake reflecting the Nathan Frank Bandstand and the impressive winter sunset. I almost missed this image. At sunset, I found the sky dull and grey so I explored the rest of the park for future sunset possibilities. Ten minutes after sunset, I noticed the western horizon hadn’t darkened. In fact, the sky began to glow, so I quickly retraced my steps back to this view…catching the fiery transition.
St Louis’ Forest Park has many venues and this classic autumn scene is always a fall highlight. Years ago, the park planted Red Maples along this pathway between the St Louis Art Museum and the parking lot. The gloomy weather and tree lighting added to the pleasing scene and contributed to the leave’s rich red hues.
This stark winter scene from Coles Creek Recreational Area (operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Carlyle Lake, Clinton County, Illinois during sunset heightened the sense of isolation. Recognizing its inherited negative space characteristics, I framed the image resulting in an intriguing minimalist composition.
The fiery bright scarlet leaves of this Virginia Creeper greets visitors to Bellbrook Ohio’s Sugarcreek MetroPark (Green Co. OH). In this image, I desaturated the surrounding colors except for the creepers bright red hues.
This image captures an impressive sunset from the shoreline of Rend Lake in the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area, near Benton, IL. The US Army Corps of Engineers formed Rend Lake after its 1962 authorization, creating 162 miles of shoreline. In this image, the exposed tree roots serve as an intriguing foreground to an ice covered lake reflecting the sky’s impressive hues.
The Cascade waterfall lies hidden in the middle of West Milton, Miami County, Ohio. Although moving water resist freezing, the deep cold weather formed icicles which clung to various limestone layers resistant to erosion.
This portion of the Little Miami River in the Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve represents a classic Ohio winter scene. Many tourists enjoy the Little Miami River which is also a National Wild and Scenic River as declared by Congress. On this day, the fresh snow and frigid temperatures made for an intriguing scene along lands occupied by early mound builders and later the Shawnee.
The late afternoon skies hinted at a potential fantastic sunset, so I drove an hour to Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area on the shores of the Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, near Benton, IL. Rend Lake exists due to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer project which damned the Big Muddy Review in 1962, creating 162 miles of shoreline. The enduring frigid temps created a frozen shoreline where a spectacular sunset made for a memorable evening.