The Grove is a revitalized business district in St Louis, MO which runs along Manchester Avenue. As visitors frequent its bars and restaurants, they also discover many unique shops and art murals which enrich the Grove’s experience. In this image, a recently hung neon sign illuminates the damp evening and empty street.
While sharing multiple photos of the same image may cause confusion, my closest advisors are torn between the black and white version and the color version. In light of the challenge, I've elected to release the color version as well. Which version is your favorite?
This colorful sunset served as a visual reward following a winter visit to Caesar Creek State Park, near Waynesville, Ohio. Over the previous weeks, I witnessed ice trying to form over one of Ohio’s deepest lake. On this day, as I discovered a new overlook, I was taken back by the view before me. This particular winter was so cold that Caesar Creek developed pressure ridges of ice. I found the spectacle compositionally intriguing as the broken ice formed leading lines towards the sinking sun.
The Army Corps of Engineers dammed Caesar Creek in response to the Flood Control Act of 1938 thereby forming a 3,741-acre state park near Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio. Prior to this work, the area hosted dry land and even a Quaker village. Today, the reservoir stores storm waters until engineers can release its waters in a controlled fashion. As a result, the reservoir fills formerly wooded lands as captured in this late autumn scene. In this image, it was well after sunset where the damp air and dark skies had long chased away visitors thereby creating a sense of isolation and peace.
The iconic Eads Bridge spans the Mississippi River and connects Illinois to St Louis. Today, this St Louis landmark resides on the National Register of Historic Places. In this image, the late evening light created a contrasting effect as the day’s last rays reflect off the bridge’s steel surfaces.
As part of Dayton, Ohio’s riverfront development, the Five Rivers MetroParks and Miami Conservancy District reworked this portion of the Great Miami River. In creating RiverRun, a feature within RiverScape MetroPark, planners replaced a hazardous low dam with Kayak-friendly chutes. These and other developments led to Outside Magazine adding Dayton to its “America’s best towns ever” in 2017. During this blue-hour image, the river flows through one of the kayak chutes forming a slow-moving eddy in the foreground while reflecting the park’s pavilion and the city’s office lights.
On 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.