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Recent Missouri Travels

August 8th, 2015

Recent Missouri Travels

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Over the last six months I made some photo trips through central Missouri. The trips were from St. Louis to the Fulton and Jefferson City area via highway 94 and from St. Louis to Sedalia using US 50 and some of the state highways

Highway 94 follows the Missouri River and the KATY trail from West Alton to Jefferson City. It goes through many small farming communities and past a number of fine Missouri wineries. Many of these small communities were devastated by the 1993 floods. See and The town centers were located on the KATY railroad right-of-way now the KATY Trail State Park. The towns homes were moved to higher ground and some businesses have open hoping for business from those using the KATY trail.

This first image is of the historic KATY railroad station in St. Charles.
This first image is of the historic KATY railroad station in St. Charles.

This image was taken on an overcast day in the winter near Defiance. The old water tank had a lot of character as did the barn.

I thought this old tree in the foreground and the three in the distance made a nice rural composition. I did a some manipulation to give this image a more foreboding feeling. This is near the Daniel Boone Judgment Tree Memorial in St. Charles County.

This is the same shot as above in July.

Treloar and Rhineland were hit pretty badly in the 93 flood. This business and church are now vacant. The leafless trees of winter add to the feeling of loss.
Treloar is an unincorporated community in southern Warren County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Route 94 twelve miles south of Warrenton near the Missouri River.
The community was founded in 1899 and was named after William Mitchellson Treloar, in honor of his duties as professor of music at Hardin College. Treloar was also a U.S. Representative from Missouri.[1]

Rhineland is a village in Montgomery County, Missouri, United States. The population was 142 at the 2010 census. Its name came from German immigrants from the River Rhine area.
Located on the north bank of the Missouri River, Rhineland was devastated in the Great Flood of 1993. It was one of the first towns to accept federal funds to move out of a flood plain. All houses in the town were moved about 1 miles uphill.

This old railroad bridge over Auxvasse Creek and it is in now part of the KATY trail. The sky was pretty clear most of the day but as I was making this photo some nice clouds started moving in. I felt that the image was much stronger in black and white.

US highway 50 goes right through the middle of Missouri and it is a good alternate to the busy I-70. Some of the cities/town It goes through are: Jefferson City, Sedalia, Westphalia, Bonnotos Mill, California and Tipton. Two small towns just east of Jefferson City are Westphalia and Bonnotos Mill.

Westphalia is heavily influenced by the German heritage of the majority of its inhabitants. Many of the early settlers of the area came from the Westphalia region of Germany, hence the name. Many buildings are influenced by nineteenth-century German architecture, and streets are labeled in both English and German. The center of population of Missouri is located in Westphalia. One of the farms is Huber Ferry. The house and barn are located high up on a cliff overlooking the Osage River valley County Mo. Both were built in the late 1890s and are now on the National Register of Historic Places.
There is also a Missouri winery called Westphalia located in the center of the town. They make some very good Norton vine.

The bridge on county road 111 into Westphalia, MO over the Maries River.

Bonnots Mill is a Missouri River town and is on the main railroad line through the center of Missouri. It is identified as a well preserved French river town from the latter half of the 19th century, earning it the designation of a National Historic District. The town owes its existence to its location along the Missouri River which brought settlers and the attendant commerce in the wake of Lewis and Clark. The re-enactors even stopped here on their way upstream in 2004.
The area was served by riverboats until the 1850's when the first railroad line came through. This caused rapid growth, with the town reaching its peak population in the early 1900's. Railroad buffs are still drawn to the town.
The Dauphine Hotel first opened its doors to travelers along the Lewis & Clark Trail back in 1875. Over the last decade it has been beautifully restored and reopened as a bed and breakfast inn. Original architecture and antiques have been carefully preserved and combined with modern amenities to ensure your comfort.

When I was in Sedalia for an art shale I stayed at the Hotel Bothwell. It has been a destination of choice for travelers to Sedalia for over 85 years! Since 1927, Hotel Bothwell has served as the center of social and business activity in Sedalia and continues to provide its guests with the utmost in accommodation. By combining original American revival architectural ambiance with luxurious, memorable experiences, guests are invited to relive the glitz and glam of the 1920's by savoring a taste of Sedalia's best.
SEDALIA, Mo. Like many historic hotels, the Hotel Bothwell has an impressive guest list.
Future President Harry S Truman was asked in its lobby to run for the U.S. Senate in 1934. Bette Davis dined at the hotel while on a war bond drive in 1942. Aunt Jemima attended a "pancake" charity luncheon in 1954, and Clint Eastwood stopped by four years later to promote "Rawhide," his TV series.

Sedalia's historic Katy Depot at 600 East Third Street, with its elegant Romanesque Revival Style appointments, is just a sample of the bill-of-fare awaiting you as you blaze your way down the trail. Your Stationmasters, the Sedalia Heritage Foundation, are excited to invite you to relax here a while, refresh yourself and enjoy our unique blend of Midwestern hospitality.
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad began operating in Sedalia in 1873. Bradford Lee Gilbert designed the depot which was built of limestone from the nearby Georgetown Quarry, by George Goodlander, and officially opened on May 10, 1896. The popular gathering spot served the community with elegance and charm for more than 60 years. The last passenger train left the Depot in 1958.
The Depot was offered for sale in 1983. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources took title to the building in 1987 as part of the Katy Trail State Park. If you follow the path of the old MKT, you'll see the tracks have been removed and the route converted into a walking and biking trail.

Wood Place Public Library
Located in the historic Ehrhardt Building, this building was constructed in 1864 and was home to the J. G. Ehrhardt Mercantile Company. The building was purchased by California Progress, Inc. in 1995 and restored to preserve a historical landmark in the community. The library moved into the building in August 1998
California is a city in Moniteau County, Missouri, United States. The 2010 census has the population at 4,278. It is the county seat of Moniteau County. It is the third largest city in the Jefferson City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The seat of justice of Moniteau County was originally known as Boonesborough. It was renamed California in 1847 for the territory on the West Coast that was just then attracting attention due to progress of the overland railroad.
California was incorporated in 1848 and elected its first city officials in 1858.
The Weekly California News printed its first edition on September 18, 1858 and is Moniteau County's oldest established business still in operation today. Today it is known as the California Democrat.
By the end of the Civil War, California's population was around 1,000. The city had 10 dry goods stores, 2 drug stores, a tobacco factory, a large steam flouring mill and carding machine, a high school, a printing office, and a bank.
In 1867, money was appropriated for a new courthouse and this was completed in 1868. This courthouse is still in use today.

The Maclay Home, Tipton MO is one of the oldest structures still standing in the Mid-Missouri area. Built in 1858 as a young ladies seminary, it closed with the start of the Civil War.
This three story, 17 room brick home was a permanent residence until about 1920. Thereafter, it was used as a summer home by the Maclay descendants and was the setting for family reunions and several weddings. Always, it was maintained with the original furnishings as a complete household.
In 1979, the home was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1983 it was given to the "Friends of the Maclay Home, Inc." by the Maclay family. This non-profit, tax-exempt organization now oversees the preservation and restoration of the Home.
The home is open for public tours from 2 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays from May through October. Tours are also conducted during the various local festivities.

Spring at Missouri Botanical Garden, the Butterfly House and Tower Grove Park

July 7th, 2015

Spring at Missouri Botanical Garden, the Butterfly House and Tower Grove Park

One of the things that I have wanted to do for a while was to create a news letter/blog exploring my work and explaining my images. I hope you enjoy this.

It has been a busy spring and since I am retired now I was able to make a number of trips to the Missouri Botanical Garden, Tower Grove Park and the Butterfly House.

At the Butterfly House they celebrated the Blue Morpho in March. Getting a good photo of this ended up more of a challenge than I thought. They are constantly in motion and when they do land they almost immediately close up their wings. This first image shows two Morphos with their wings closed and one coming in for a landing.

After two trips and multiple shots (glad I am doing digital and not film) I was able to get one of a Morpho at rest with its wings spread.

This year I was able to Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park 3 times within 13 days from April 5 to the 18. I was amazed how things changed each time.

This is one of my early favorites. I liked the small delicate violet blooms and the contrast of the dark sinuous tree trunks.

This image is from Tower Grove. I liked it because it contains the 4 primary colors. The standing water adds a nice foreground element and reflection leading the eye to the two bridges.

These two images are of the same Snow Viewing Lantern. The first one was taken Aug 2014 and the second one April 2015. The Japanese Maples are red in the spring and change to green in the late summer. What a interesting contrast.

The final image is Of Pink Dogwood Flowers. They seem to be floating in the air. One of the things that I have heard a while back is that the first Pink Dogwood trees were discovered growing wild in Missouri.

I hope you enjoyed this information. Please feel free to pass this on to your friends.

Spring Events

April 1st, 2015

Spring Events

Hello all! Spring is upon us and it is time for Art Fairs again. I have added a lot of new images to my stock from rural Missouri and the St. Louis area .

Last fall I went on three photo trips in the American West: Colorado , Arizona and New Mexico .


Spring Art Fair At Queeny Park
The GSLAA Art Fair at Queeny Park is April 10, 11 and 12.
Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 11am - 4pm.
With more than 130 juried artists from 20 states, the Art Fair at Queeny Park is one of the most reputable, longest-running art fairs in the bi-state region. The Art Fair at Queeny Park is indoors and it also presents a rare opportunity for the public to see and purchase original works of fine art and fine craft directly from the artists who create them.
Click Here for a Queeny Art Fair $1.00 off Coupon.


Trail's End Western Heritage Days in Sedalia, MO.
Western Art Show & Sale indoors at the Ag building
America's Western History in one weekend at the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
April 24, 25 and 26, 2015
Friday 10am - 8pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-4 pm
In Sedalia on The Missouri State Fairgrounds!
$2 Parking - Free Will Donation.
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Maryland Heights Community Center - Special Exhibit
There is an exhibit of my canvas wrap images at the Maryland Heights Community Center now through the end of April.
2344 McKelvey | Maryland Heights, MO 63043 | 314-738-2599
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sunday Noon - 6 p.m.


You can see my fine art photography at the following St. Louis and Missouri Area galleries:

Missouri Artists on Main Gallery in St. Charles
I was just juried into this gallery in St. Charles. There are over 40 artists located here.
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321 South Main St. | St. Charles, MO | 636-724-1260
Hours: Monday - Friday. 10 - 5, Saturday 10 - 6 and Sunday 11 - 5
Missouri Artists on Main St in St. Charles Grand Reopening of the new addition April 25th and 26th


Clayton Fine Art Gallery
I am a resident juried member of this gallery. There are 20 artists in this gallery
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21 N Bemiston Ave | Clayton, Missouri | 314- 696-2244
Hours are: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11am - 6pm and Sunday noon - 5 pm.


Art House
531 Court Street | Fulton, Missouri | 573-592-7733
I have a number of photos here.
Hours are: Monday-Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am -5pm, Sunday closed