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.
To make way for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new headquarters in St. Louis the city has to move a three story brick home 7/10 of a mile to a new location. A lot of hard work and planning by all involved. Glad to see that this beautiful home isn’t getting torn down. A good thing for a part of the city that is usually in the news for the wrong reasons.
Today’s outing was with the Photo Flood group in St. Louis. We visited Columbus Square which is on the north side of the Edward Jones Dome. It is a mixed use area with lots of decay. Ran across this paperback book in an old alley.
On Sunday I was fortunate to go take some photos of the Goldenrod Showboat near Kampsville Illinois. It is a former showboat that used to frequent the St. Louis area. It had fallen on hard times and was sold for scrap. A group trying to preserve it had bought the boat and anchored it on the Illinois river. During the flooding this year they had to moor in a different spot but when the waters receded it didn’t settle on flat ground and it buckled the hull beyond repair. So now the group is salvaging what they can of the interior for a possible museum. For a couple of hours I and a few other photographer friends got to shoot inside the old lady and preserve a few memories. More photos on my Flickr page.