Columbia Bottom Conservation area, where this image was taken, and Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary across the river are famous for the birds and other wildlife they support. I have enjoyed birding these places, located at the confluence of North America’s two greatest rivers- the Missouri and the Mississippi, for more than five years now. But, there is another reason I love being able to visit these locations. These are two of the closest places near St. Louis to see open skies, open skies without hills, trees, building or too many power lines and utility poles. I love shooting sunsets here because of the amount of sky that can be captured. True, I did not cover much sky in this image. This was due to the limited clouds in tonight’s sky. If there were more clouds throughout the sky I would have loved to have let the sky cover two thirds or more of the frame.
It always saddens me when I’m driving to or from work and see one of the many spectacular sunsets or sunrises from the car and know I can’t be out in nature trying to experience that moment and capture it in a lasting image.