St Louis Day 2 – The Arch, Science Center, History Museum

I started out the day setting the alarm for 5:00am to catch the sunrise.  In my raved and under-researched mind, I imagined the sun coming up in the middle of this…

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As you can tell, that completely failed to work out. Instead, it managed to come up about 40 degrees to the left. Even so, it wasn’t a bad backdrop.

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Despite the huge miss in estimation, the Missouri dawn was worth seeing.

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Hours later, the kids requested the St. Louis Science Center as their first stop. After yesterday’s photos, I felt the zoom lens was more than a bit soft and went with the fixed 60mm macro instead. This isn’t a bad choice for a museum as it’s the fastest bit of glass I have, but the fixed focal length does tend to make my photos more centered on close-ups and textures.

I tend not to take a lot of photos of fixed displays, but these seemed amusing.

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From 6-11-2013 St Louis
From 6-11-2013 St Louis

The kids weren’t overly amused by the science center; there was a distinct sense of “Is that it?” So we moved quickly on to the Missouri History Museum. Outside there was a van for the local senior living center. The kids’ pointed out, rather amusingly, that it should be “SunSET Senior Living”

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Everyone seemed fascinated by the 1904 Fair exhibition.

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From 6-11-2013 St Louis

And of course it’s not a visit to St. Louis without seeing the Spirit.

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After a couple of hours of history, the kids were ready to move on again. The next step was supposed to be the Frank Lloyd Wright house but the picker of said location failed to let us know to make reservations. So we ended up at the sculpture park instead.

We all had endless fun with this giant eyeball.

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This huge red… something…? Was … well, huge?

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It at least attracted the attention of some model and her photographer. In the spirit of taking pictures of photographers…

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The whole thing was rather avant garde

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This representative from the land of fairie has wings made of airplane propeller blades. Rather apt.

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The last order of business for the day was the Arch monument itself.

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I was here a few years ago and I can’t help but feel that I took the EXACT same photos but with better equipment. I’m half afraid to look.

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OK, I know I took this one. I’m hopeful the color’s better this time.

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I love this one but it’s fairly hard to tell what it is. Shot at 8mm fish-eye directly under the arch.

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This time we actually bothered to go up and see the sites from the top of the arch. Not for the claustrophobic that’s for sure.

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And that seems to be… now that I look back on it, pretty much the day that was.

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  1. Nice capture of the city and great collections of photos!

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