A Mini-Safari in St. Louis, MO

28 Jan


On Sunday afternoon St. Louis enjoyed beautiful weather, light jacket weather, and a reprieve from this month’s icy polar vortex and snow. I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook and noticed that one of my friends had visited Lone Elk Park in the southwest corridor outside the city. I had never been there and I had some free time. I decided to pay a visit. A short drive out I-44 and 15 minutes later I had entered the park, which is home to bison and elk. They enjoy a carefree life among heavily wooded hills. Many other people had the same idea that afternoon because there was a traffic tie-up wherever the animals were sighted. This beautiful bison posed nicely for me as he took a break from grazing along the road. Here is another member of the herd.


Lone Elk Park is home to more than one elk.


Canada geese were resting in the half frozen pond in the late afternoon sun.


A nice home, but there are many signs cautioning about an infestation of ticks and chiggers, not so much in this season.


Just across the road from the park is the World Bird Sanctuary that houses and rehabilitates wild birds that have been injured. Here are owls, hawks, eagles, and others.

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This is one of two wild eagles that make this area their home.

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I loved photographing these birds up close. Their eyes are intense. More good photography practice for my upcoming African safari.


12 Responses to “A Mini-Safari in St. Louis, MO”

  1. Angeline M January 28, 2014 at 3:24 am #

    Great photos. I think I love the owl the best.

    • Rosemarie January 28, 2014 at 3:25 am #

      Thank you. I was really happy with the photos because I was able to get such close ups.

  2. Just Another Nature Enthusiast January 28, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Nice compositions, Rosemarie!

    • Rosemarie January 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

      Thank you so much, Jane. Rosemarie

  3. Heyjude January 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    That owl is beautiful – I wonder what it is? Also what are chiggers? Sounds like something one wouldn’t want to have!

    • Rosemarie January 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

      Thank you. I think it’s a horned owl. Chiggers are microscopic insects that burrow under the skin causing severe itching.

  4. Linda Arthur Tejera January 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    These are great photos! I really love the close-ups of the birds, especially the Eagles!

    • Rosemarie January 28, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      Thanks. I had a great time taking these photos.

  5. de Wets Wild January 29, 2014 at 2:24 am #

    Looks like you had a wonderful time Rosemarie, and you certainly were rewarded with great photographs!

    • Rosemarie January 29, 2014 at 3:17 am #

      Thanks so much. I did have a great time.

  6. sueslaght March 3, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    Fantastic photos! Wow!

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