I made 3 trips to Alton, IL over the winter in hopes of photographing some eagles, but alas, they all stayed way far away from my lens. I did see lots of other interesting things to photograph however.
The Lewis and Clark Bridge across the Mississippi makes for some fantasic geometric shapes to capture.
The legend of the Piassa Bird is representd by a huge painting of the mythical creature on a bluff just north of Alton, Illinois.
In the very beautiful town of Brussels, IL there are many historic buildings. We always eat at the Whitman Hotel. You would swear you are dining at the hotel from Petticoat Junction. The only thing that is missing is Betty Jo, Bobby Jo and Uncle Joe. The hotel has been serving the same family style dinners since before the Civil War! Elsewhere in town I found this old general store.
On another ill fated attempt to photograph eagles we ended up in Clarksville, MO. This sleepy historic river town is just charming.
We ate at a very unique bar owned by some laid off auto workers.
Did I mention is was very wintery in Clarksville. Does Amy look cold or what.
In three trips up to the river this is as close as I could come to the eagles.
I did find this neat looking tree in the middle of a farmer's field on the way home from Clarksville, MO.
On yet another attempt to photograph the wintering eagles I went over to Horseshoe Lake State Park nerar Granite City, IL. Saw three eagles fly overhead, but once again they stayed out of range of my lenses. There was a really nice formation of ice along the lakeshore. Sometimes you have to photgraphy what you get.
There were also some ducks in a small opening in the ice.
As I headed home from this day of shooting I was treated to a fantastic sunset.
On my last visit to get the elusive eagles we only saw two, but I did get to see aflock of several dozen Trumpeter Swans and hundreds of show geese. It was really cool.