Archive for November 2011

September 16, 2011 Forest Park Balloon Glow   Leave a comment

Another great photo oppertunity Forest Park Balloon Glow.  We met friends at the park and enjoyed the glow and then dinner on the hill.  We need to get together soon Adam and Julia!  There was a storm to the north that threatened to spoil the evenings plans but all in all it was a great night for a glow. 



I love the ghosting effect when people moved when I took this shot in low light.

Next: Black and Whites of this colorful event


Posted November 20, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

September 11, 2011   Leave a comment

We decided to participate in Lafayette Fire Company’s Burn Camp Breakfast fund-raiser for Missouri Burn Victims.  While we were out and about we decided to see if we could find the Missouri side of the New Mississippi Bridge. While at breakfast we ran into Representative Carnahan out for breakfast after the St. Louis Forest Park Art Hill Tenth Anniversary  of 9/11 Remembrance.  Russ urged use to go to Art Hill to view the 3,000 flags. 

After breakfast we headed downtown to the water front to figure out where the new bridge would cross on the Missouri side.  We discovered a glass recycling center.  The gravel drive leading into the plant was very interesting with gravel and glass.  We also discovered an old dock or pier that is no longer being used but was a great place to stand and watch the river traffic and a great view of the McKinley Bridge and Merchants Train Bridge.  We found the Missouri side of the New Mississippi Bridge.  We also found the Continental Cement Company plant.  It is a domed space age looking facility.  We were so close to Mount Grace, and I’ve always wanted to see their chapel.  We stopped (a MUST see – it’s amazing!) and I took a picture from one of their gardens.  If you need to slow down, get centered stop in for a big dose of clam.

On the way home we tried stopping by Forest Park.  Traffic was crazy!  I hopped out of the car and tried pretty unsuccessful to take a picture of the flags in front of the Art Museum.  I think the western view of the field was more interesting because I was able to capture it without someone walking in front of my attempted capture.  Ahhh you know stuff happens and I wasn’t the only person wanting to see the memorial.  I knew I could return at a less busy time like sunrise, if I wanted a people free photo. 

The weekend of September 10 and 11, 2011 turned into an intense photography weekend.  It was great spending time together discovering new things and revisiting familiar things all in our own back yard. 

Lafayette Fire Company Restaurant

Glass & Gravel Road

Looking North towards McKinley and Merchants Train Bridges

Continental Cement Company

Mount Grace Cloistered Convent

Western View of 9/11 Memorial

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Posted November 11, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

September 10, 2011 Part 5 Finale Destination Hannibal   Leave a comment

We reached our destination Hannibal, MO mid-afternoon.  While driving to Hannibal waterfront park, we noticed the lighthouse on the hill, watched a riverboat cruise by and admired the Mark Twain statue.   We decided to take the long steep uphill trek to the lighthouse. We didn’t realize that it was 244 steps up for a beautiful view of Hannibal and the Mississippi river

We stopped at “Lover’s Leap” for a spectacular view of the Mississippi River, recently cut fields across river and a rainbow  

 On the way out-of-town, we discovered a tree full of Turkey vultures, a beauty and beast opportunity with rainbow and train cars.  A little further down the road we must have been at just the correct angle because not only was the rainbow extremely bright but on closer examination, we discovered this double rainbow.

It was a great day to see Missouri from Illinois’s Great River Road.

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Posted November 8, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

September 10, 2011 Part 4 Quincy IL   Leave a comment

 Quincy looked like a nice town.  We ended up spending just a bit of time in Quincy because of the numerous stops while driving the river road.  We plan to return to Quincy to properly explore this town.   The bridges with cloud filled skies just feel best in black and white.

Bayview Bridge at Quincy, IL


Bayview Bridge at Quincy, IL 2

Left Bridge: Quincy Memorial Bridge  1928 (carries eastbound traffic into the city of Quincy from Missouri ) Right Bridge: Bayview Bridge 1986 (carries westbound traffic out of Quincy from Illinois to Missouri) 

Ducks on the Mississippi at Quincy

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Posted November 6, 2011 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized