This was the best of both worlds for me. While I’ve been primarily a nature/wildlife shooter my photography lately has been focused on urban decay. So while we were exploring an abandoned power plant in East St. Louis two barn owls were inside and started flying around. It was dark and hard to focus but I was able to snap a few shots of these magnificent raptors in flight inside the building. Next time I’ll be prepared.
The Mississippi River was near its crest at St. Louis and it’s that time of year when the sun sets through the Arch. With the water as high as it is I was able to get this shot of the Arch just after the sun went down. What is unusual is that I was able to get a full reflection because the water is so high. Normally you can only get a little bit of it.
I survived my first Shutterfest! I’ve known about it since it’s inception four years ago but this was the first year I could actually attend due to school and other commitments. It is an amazing experience to be around so many other photographers who are all so excited to be there and to learn. There was some sensory overload at first and at the end just exhaustion. But I’ve already got my ticket for next year and am inspired to do more with my photography.
Goodbye August and bring on September because that means fall is just around the corner. The last sunset was a beauty though.
This little guy is in rehab at the Treehouse Wildlife Center near Godfrey Illinois.