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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.

rainy day
My apologies to Bob Dylan on the song/title variant. When does an out-of-focus picture taken with a $5000 camera-lens combo become “art”?  Photo hint — don’t let the elements keep you from getting out and making pictures (D610 wrapped in simple plastic bag with draw string on the end of the 80-400mm lens).



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!

What to do when it is 15 degrees?  Look for  a discount inn.  In this case the Pere Marquette Lodge, built by hand (by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s) the facility features a 50ft limestone fireplace, a terrace overlooking the scenic Illinois River, an indoor pool, and a restaurant.
Of course for cheap-skate moi, the cost is what sold me. The Throwback Eagle Package included a room for two, dinner for two (including a glass of wine), breakfast for two and a guided tour of eagle watching by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Price – a sweet Franklin (plus tax).

Loop style snow
One of our favorite assignments in J-School was “people without people”.  Sometimes the suggestion of less is more.

Snow Day

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Photography, Weather
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Loop style snow
Winter is still nearly a month away, but weather respects no one. And if life gives you a snow day — photograph it.  Simple silhouette in my patch – the Delmar Loop.