Friday, January 21, 2011

A Snowy Night in Saint Louis

SNOW IS NOT uncommon in Saint Louis winters, but significant amounts of snowfall — more than a few inches — is rare enough to justify taking a few pictures, especially while it is still fresh.

Snowflakes illumined by flash

Here are photos I took a couple of nights ago. Remarkably, street lighting reflecting off the snow made these scenes bright, and I didn't need to use a tripod to take these photos. I did not correct for the color of the lighting here, giving these an unusual orange shade.

Carondelet Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - railroad track and bridges, at night, in the snow

Railroad track, in Carondelet Park.

Lafayette Park, in Saint Louis MIssouri, USA - gates, at night, in the snow

Decorative gate, at Lafayette Park.

Lafayette Park, in Saint Louis MIssouri, USA - Swan house, at night, in the snow

Swan house in Lafayette Park. Some white swans reside here, and I saw them in the adjacent pond.

Lafayette Park, in Saint Louis MIssouri, USA - bridge, at night, in the snow

Wrought-iron bridge.

Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Catholic Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Celtic Cross, at night in the snow

Celtic cross, in front of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Church, downtown.

Soldiers Memorial, in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - allegorial figure, at night in the snow

Heroic allegorical figure, at the Soldiers Memorial.

Soldiers Memorial, in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - eagle, at night in the snow

Decorative eagle, also at the memorial.

Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, MIssouri, USA - statue of King Louis IX, at night, in the snow

Statue of Saint Louis IX, King of France, at Saint Louis University.

Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, MIssouri, USA - corner of Saint Francis Xavier Church, at night, in the snow

Saint Francis Xavier Church.

Maryland Plaza, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night with snow

Maryland Plaza.

Coffee Cartel, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - snow-covered tables

Cafe tables.

Building at the corner of Euclid and Maryland Plaza, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - snow-covered tables

Also at Maryland Plaza.

Gate to private street, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night with snow

Gated street, off of Kingshighway.

Ornate gate, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night with snow

Another gate.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night with snow

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

Statue of the Apotheosis of Saint Louis, at Art Hill, Forest Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night with snow

Another sculpture of Saint Louis. This resides in front of the Art Museum, atop Art Hill.

Sledders warming by the fire, at Art Hill, Forest Park, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night with snow

Art Hill is excellent for snow sledding.  Here sledders warm themselves by one of the bonfires.

Suspension bridge, in Forest Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - view at night with snow

A suspension bridge, with the Art Museum in the background.

5 comments:

  1. Love the first and the last shots the best with the second from the top coming in as my second but pretty close on a three way tie for first.

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  2. Owen,

    These photos are mainly in chronological order, but I did choose which specific photos to display according to their visual appeal. The first two and last two pictures I specifically wanted to be particularly memorable in different ways. The only photo out of chronological order is the bonfire, which I took just before the statue of Saint Louis, but thought it looked better in its current position.

    Actually, my first picture of the bonfire had the statue in the background - it would have been an awesome picture except that it exceeded the dynamic range of my camera. Were I taking that photo for National Geographic, I'd illuminate the people with strobes to get the whole scene.

    I took some pictures of a stream after the bridge, but decided they wouldn't look good as a finish, even though they were otherwise interesting.

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  3. Absolutely Stunning!!!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    MelAFwife from Plurk

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