Foggy St Louis Forest Park

February 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

On this evening, a dense fog permeated St LouisForest Park creating a moody and uniquely peaceful scene.  The still air and calm waters of Pagoda Lake formed a perfect reflection of the Nathan Frank Bandstand and surrounding lights. 

Foggy Forest ParkFoggy Forest ParkOn this evening, a dense fog permeated St Louis’ Forest Park creating a moody and uniquely peaceful scene. The still air and calm waters of Pagoda Lake formed a perfect reflection of the Nathan Frank Bandstand and surrounding lights.


Blue Hour Over Carlyle Lake

December 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This is a sister image of a previously release image where I lingered on a frozen shoreline well past sunset at Carlyle Lake, Clinton Co. Illinois.  As the sunset yielded to night, the scene required longer exposures to reveal the day’s fading colors.  The cooler hues captured in this blue hour image seemed to intensify the cold weather which embraced the area.

 

Blue Hour Over Carlyle LakeBlue Hour Over Carlyle LakeThis is a sister image of a previously release image where I lingered on a frozen shoreline well past sunset. As the sunset yielded to night, the scene required longer exposures to reveal the day’s fading colors. The cooler hues captured in this blue hour image seemed to intensify the cold weather which embraced the area.


Winter on Carlyle Lake

December 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Carlyle Lake was formed as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Carly Dam across the Kaskaskia River, thereby creating the largest lake in Illinois.  For the days leading up to this scene, cold north winds pushed waves onto this shoreline encasing the boulders in ice.  In this image, one icicle seemed savor the setting sun’s rays by refracting the warm hues.

 

Winter on Carlyle LakeWinter on Carlyle LakeCarlyle Lake was formed as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Carly Dam across the Kaskaskia River, thereby creating the largest lake in Illinois. For the days leading up to this scene, cold north winds pushed waves onto this shoreline encasing the boulders in ice. In this image, one icicle seemed savor the setting sun’s rays by refracting the warm hues.


Silver Lake Surprise II

December 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Many define Midwest winters as frequently cloudy and this day was no different.  In fact, the Prairie State experienced nearly two weeks of continuous overcast skies.  During this evening drive, satellite imagery suggested clearing skies might arrive with nightfall.  Anticipating a colorful sunset, I headed to Silver Lake outside of Highland (Madison County), IL.  Disappointingly, as the time of official sunset passed, the western horizon retained its muted hues.  Minutes later, as the sun sank further below the horizon, the break in western skies allowed distant sunrays to paint the underside of these overhead clouds in fantastic colors.

 

Silver Lake Surprise IISilver Lake Surprise IIMany define Midwest winters as frequently cloudy and this day was no different. In fact, the Prairie State experienced nearly two weeks of continuous overcast skies. During this evening drive, satellite imagery suggested clearing skies might arrive with nightfall. Anticipating a colorful sunset, I headed to Silver Lake outside of Highland (Madison County), IL. Disappointingly, as the time of official sunset passed, the western horizon retained its muted hues. Minutes later, as the sun sank further below the horizon, the break in western skies allowed distant sunrays to paint the underside of these overhead clouds in fantastic colors.


Peaceful RiverScape Evening

December 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

As part of Dayton Ohio’s riverfront development, the Five Rivers MetroParks and Miami Conservancy District reworked the Great Miami River removing a hazardous low dam and creating Kayak-friendly chutes now called RiverScape’s River Run.  This blue-hour image captures the river flowing through Feature 1 of the run forming a slow-moving eddy in the foreground while reflecting the park’s pavilion and CareSource’s warm office lights.  The balanced rocks made for a spiritual moment, but as to not spoil the view for subsequent visitors, I scattered the rocks back to their original location.

 

Peaceful RiverScape EveningPeaceful RiverScape EveningAs part of Dayton Ohio’s riverfront development, the Five Rivers MetroParks and Miami Conservancy District reworked the Great Miami River removing a hazardous low dam and creating Kayak-friendly chutes now called RiverScape’s River Run. This blue-hour image captures the river flowing through Feature 1 of the run forming a slow-moving eddy in the foreground while reflecting the park’s pavilion and CareSource’s warm office lights. The balanced rocks made for a spiritual moment, but as to not spoil the view for subsequent visitors, I scattered the rocks back to their original location.


Caesar Creek’s Horseshoe Falls

December 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Tucked away in Caesar Creek State Park lies a small geologic feature known as Horseshoe Falls.  The area served as home to the Miami Indians, then the Shawnees. Amid this autumn image, Flat Fork Creek lazily spills over fossil formations creating a small whirlpool at the foot of the falls before flowing into the Caesar Creek Reservoir.  

Horseshoe Falls at Caesar CreekHorseshoe Falls at Caesar CreekTucked away in Caesar Creek State Park lies a small geologic feature known as Horseshoe Falls. The area served as home to the Miami Indians, then the Shawnees. Amid this autumn image, Flat Fork Creek lazily spills over fossil formations creating a small whirlpool at the foot of the falls before flowing into the Caesar Creek Reservoir.


Stan Musial Bridge at Night

December 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge carries I-70 from Illinois to Missouri and serves as a St Louis landmark since its 2014 opening.  The bridge was designed by HNTB Corp and named after former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player as well as the region’s veterans.  Today, many nickname the structure the “Stan Span”.  As a cable-stayed bridges it utilizes A-frame towers and 1,000 miles of 0.6-inch cable, all which architects illuminate at night.  In this night image, the bridge lights rake across of the sandy eastern shore line of the Mississippi River.

 

Stan Musial Bridge at NightStan Musial Bridge at NightThe Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge carries I-70 from Illinois to Missouri and serves as a St Louis landmark since its 2014 opening. The bridge was designed by HNTB Corp and named after former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player as well as the region’s veterans. Today, many nickname the structure the “Stan Span”. As a cable-stayed bridges it utilizes A-frame towers and 1,000 miles of 0.6-inch cable, all which architects illuminate at night. In this night image, the bridge lights rake across of the sandy eastern shore line of the Mississippi River.


Chain of Rocks Sunset

November 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The Chain of Rocks Bridge carried traffic U.S. Route 66 traffic from Choteau Island, Illinois to St Louis, Missouri and holds its place on the National Register of Historic Places.  From this perch, two historic and architectural water intakes stand in the midst of the Mississippi River, which held crews controlling the flow of St Louis’ drinking water.  The distant rapids arise from a dam which mitigates a series of hazardous rock ledges to river traffic.  Colorful sunsets are often brief, but this evening the visual treat lasted 30 minutes. 

 

Chain of Rocks SunsetChain of Rocks SunsetThe Chain of Rocks Bridge carried traffic U.S. Route 66 traffic from Choteau Island, Illinois to St Louis, Missouri and holds its place on the National Register of Historic Places. From this perch, two historic and architectural water intake stand in the midst of the Mississippi River, which held crews controlling the flow of St Louis’ drinking water. The distant rapids arise from a dam which mitigates a series of hazardous rock ledges to river traffic. Colorful sunsets are often brief, but this evening the visual treat lasted 30 minutes.


Bridal Veil Falls in Autumn

November 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Bridal Veil Falls lies in the Bedford Reservation of Cleveland’s MetroPark and resides adjacent to Cuyahoga National Park.  The Bridal Veil name arises from the soft white splashes created as Tinker’s Creek flows over the thousand individual layers of the Bedford Shale formation.  On this rainy autumn day, sunlight begins to paint the overhanging leaves. 

 

Bridal Veil Falls in AutumnBridal Veil Falls in AutumnBridal Veil Falls lies in the Bedford Reservation of Cleveland’s MetroPark and resides adjacent to Cuyahoga National Park. The Bridal Veil name arises from the soft white splashes created as Tinker’s Creek flows over the thousand individual layers of the Bedford Shale formation. On this rainy autumn day, sunlight begins to paint the overhanging leaves.


Blue Hour over Eads Bridge

November 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The iconic Eads Bridge which spans the Mississippi River was completed by James B. Eads in 1874.  The bridge enjoyed many firsts to include the world’s first all-steel construction as well as becoming the longest arch bridge in the world.  To instill confidence of its sturdiness, builders led elephants across the bridge to the cheers of crowds.  Today, this St Louis landmark resides on the National Register of Historic Places.  On this evening, high clouds muted the sunset colors which encouraged the blue hour hues to take to the sky, while the warm glow of Laclede's Landing and the new completed Gateway Arch grounds occupy the distant shore.  

Blue Hour over Eads Bridge PanoramaBlue Hour over Eads BridgeThe iconic Eads Bridge spans the Mississippi River was completed by James B. Eads in 1874. Today, this St Louis landmark resides on the National Register of Historic Places. On this evening, high clouds muted the sunset colors ushering in the hues of blue hour while the warm glow of Laclede's Landing and the new completed Gateway Arch grounds.


Spiritual Sunset

November 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Caesar Creek was named for a black slave captured by the Shawnee on a raid along the Ohio River.  The Shawnee adopted Caesar and gave him this valley as his hunting ground.  Nearly 200 years later, the US Army Corps of Engineers constructed a dam over Caesar Creek creating a 2,800-acre lake under authorities embedded in the Flood Control Act of 1938.  With the completion of the dam in 1978, the dam began impounding water forming the deepest lake in Ohio and a haven for outdoor enthusiast.  In this image, the balanced rocks made for a spiritual moment, but as to not spoil the view for subsequent visitors, I scattered the rocks back to their original location before leaving the scene.

Spiritual SunsetSpiritual SunsetCaesar Creek was named for a black slave captured by the Shawnee on a raid along the Ohio River. The Shawnee adopted Caesar and gave him this valley as his hunting ground. Nearly 200 years later, the US Army Corps of constructed a dam over Caesar Creek creating a 2,800-acre lake under authorities embedded in the Flood Control Act of 1938. With the completion of the dam in 1978, the dam began impounding water forming the deepest lake in Ohio and a haven for outdoor enthusiast. In this image, the balanced rocks made for a spiritual moment, but as to not spoil the view for subsequent visitors, I scattered the rocks back to their original location.


St Clare Rainbow O'Fallon IL

April 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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

 

St Clare RainbowSt Clare RainbowThis 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.


Hunters Moon Over Lebanon IL Farm

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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. 

Hunters Moon Over Lebanon IL FarmHunters Moon Over Lebanon IL FarmThis 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.


Autumn Evening at Forest Park’s Grand Basin

March 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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. 

Autumn Evening at Forest Park’s Grand BasinAutumn Evening at Forest Park’s Grand BasinThis 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.


Carlyle Lake Illinois Sunset

March 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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. 

Carlyle Lake SunsetCarlyle Lake SunsetThis steamy sunset took place over Carlyle Lake, 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.