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.
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.
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.