Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Sign of the Times

Posted: January 4, 2016 in Environment, Weather

Stating the obvious to the oblivious…

This is the spot where two great rivers converge- the Mississippi on the left and the Missouri on the right. This location – the Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park – is now well submerged as intense storms batter the midwest of the United States. This gigantic river system is not doing well, getting a grade of D+ from America’s Watershed Initiative report card.

Surf’s Up, Suit Off

Posted: December 21, 2015 in Environment, Travel

Naked swimming
Don’t even think about skinny dipping here!  First day of winter and I am ready for a nature swim – I suspect I would not be the first to take the waters while wearing my birthday suit. Meet me at this little lake in Eureka Springs Arkansas at the Summer Solstice.

Billion Here and There

Posted: November 21, 2015 in Environment

city warehouse
First snow fall of the season and I took the opportunity to cruise in downtown St. Louis. This old freight depot is destined for the wrecking ball to be replaced by a monster-size publicly-funded football stadium.  Scheduled to cost close to a billion dollars — guess there are no more pressing issues in the St. Louis Metro area.


Funky Fall Foliage

Posted: November 4, 2015 in Environment, Photography

Big Spring Missouri

The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is prime leaf-peeping country and like any photographer — who can resist the lure of Fall color everywhere. Apparently, not me. Upon seeing Big Spring, which releases an average daily flow of 286 million gallons of water into the Current River near Van Buren, Missouri, I chose to accent the color of the water. This was done by setting the white balance on the camera to “tungsten” which adds the monochromatic blue cast to the background and emphasizes the H2O. A slow shutter speed on a tripod mounted Nikon D90 shows the powerful motion of the water. I drew attention to the foreground by using an a Nikkor 10-24mm wide angle lens and retained the natural color of the moss-covered rocks by using an off-camera SB600 speedlight with an 81B gel (what photographers now call CTO “color temperature orange”) to match the exisiting white balance/color temperature.



One of the delights of being a freelancer is the lack of clock-punching. The other morning I was up at five and had the urge to hit the street. Spring in St. Louis brings rain and between downpours I took the tripod out for an outing. Wet weather is great for photography – even the concrete ‘pops.’  I was trying a little HDR here – got three bracketed frames and the scene was spoiled (a huge delievery turck pulled up) before I could recompose and then one minute later the rain came back with a vengeance.  Wait — is that thunder I hear — got to get back to the street!

Sunrise Surprise

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Environment, Photography

water contest
Really not a surprise, cold dry air and moist ground = fog.  Actually, it is more complicated — but you had to be up at six to capture it.

Dry Times

Posted: October 23, 2014 in Environment, Essentials, Photography

Yuma river bed_
While traveling through Arizona Paul noted that the Colorado River is fickle – at least when it comes to flowing through Yuma and then (not flowing) into Mexico. And I saw the USDA drought map. Good combo for ‘third effect” but not so good for our planet and anything on it that needs moisture.