A Mini-Safari in St. Louis, MO

28 Jan

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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.

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Lone Elk Park is home to more than one elk.

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

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

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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.

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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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