Thursday, November 14, 2019

Visit Missouri-Explore St. Louis Review of Fall Photography in Forest Park

Forest Park Bandstand in St. Louis photo by mbgphoto

Fall is my favorite season of the year.  I love to photograph the beautiful colors of the season. On this page I will review Forest Park in St. Louis through my Fall photography.

When will Fall Colors Peak

It is always difficult to predict when colors will be at their peak and this year was no different.  All October I waited and watched for the colors to change.  Oh there were glimpses of color here and there but not the outstanding colors that you think of when Autumn arrives.  I read that you don't get the really good colors until after the first hard freeze.  Well last week we got temperatures down in the 20's several nights so I knew it was time.  On November 1st I headed to Forest Park with my husband and some friends and was delighted with the amazing display of colors.  The day was clear and crisp and great for capturing the beauty of Fall.

A Favorite Venue for Fall Photography

Forest Park in St. Louis is a venue I have written about before, it is one of my favorite places to visit.  Here is a link to more information on Forest Park from one of my previous posts. Forest Park and Jewel Box.  In this post I will highlight fall colors around the History Museum, the Art Museum and the Bandstand area by the Muny.

Art Hill and the Art Museum

Our first stop in Forest Park was at the base of Art Hill.  This hill extends down from the Art Museum and in the winter it is a favorite place for kids of all ages to sleigh ride down the hill.  On this beautiful fall day it was the perfect place to capture a photo of the Art Museum and the bright red trees that were on either side.

Art Museum in St. Louis photo by mbgphoto

This photo was taken when the sun was high in the sky so the glare takes out the details of the building.  We decided to head to the History Museum and continue my photography later in the day when the sun was lower in the sky.  Here are two photos taken a couple of hours later.  The first is a statue of St.  Louis which overlooks Art Hill and the scene of the 1904 World's Fair.

Statue of St. Louis that Overlooks Art Hill photo by mbgphoto

I took the next photo from the parking lot of the Art Museum, looking down on Art Hill.

Forest Park in St. Louis photo by mbgphoto

Muny Area

The next area that I photographed is the area in front of St. Louis's outdoor theatre, commonly called The Muny.  This area has a bandstand on a little island.  The bandstand was built in 1924 to replace the original wood bandstand built in 1876.  This used to be a popular place for musical entertainment in the summer months.  The trees surrounding the water were a brilliant red color and I was able to capture some beautiful photos. 

bandstand in forest park photo by mbgphoto

Forest Park Bandstand photo by mbgphoto

Forest Park in the Fall photo by mbgphoto

History Museum

My original purpose to go to Forest Park was to take in the display of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs that were on display at the History Museum.  This was a wonderful display and we spent a couple of hours enjoying the photos.  We had planned to go on a Wednesday but had to cancel.  I am so glad we changed it to Friday because first of all Wednesday was a very rainy day and secondly Friday was the perfect day to photograph the changing fall landscape.  The photos below are of the museum and one of my cousins leaving the History Museum.

History Museum in St. Louis photo by mbgphoto

Forest Park photo by mbgphoto

The Camera I used for this Outing

One of my favorite camera's is my Sony A6300 mirrorless camera.  I wrote about it in the following post. Sony a6300.  I used a wide angle zoom lems with 16mm to 50 mm. 


Zazzle Card from my Photos


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  1. My daughter and son-in-law, residents of St. Louis, were in Forest Park last Saturday to attend a friend's wedding held at the St. Louis Zoo. I agree that Forest Park is a gorgeous and fabulous place to visit any time of the year, but most especially in the peak of the gorgeous Fall colors. Beautiful photos, Mary Beth, and fascinating tour of a very unique park.

  2. You always take and share the most beautiful photos, Mary Beth! There is no substitute for having a good eye for capturing stunning photos, and you certainly have that!!! Fall is a lovely time of the year. We haven't experienced the extreme fall colors yet, so I am grateful to you for sharing your gorgeous images. I'm so glad you had the day and opportunity to take and share your walk in the park.

  3. Mary Beth, your pictures are amazing and have made me put St. Louis on my radar. One day soon I will come for a visit. Your pictures just make this a place that needs to be admired in Person! My person will make some travel arrangements maybe for next summer or fall. Thanks!

  4. What a gorgeous setting in which to find your photography muse. I can see why you love to exercise your creativity in Forest Park. You sure captured the essence of that place and the brilliance of fall. Oh, the glory of all that color! Thanks for the beauty.

  5. Wow, your photographs are gorgeous. That one towards the end with the fall trees is incredible. You always present a location beautifully and make it very appealing to the reader. You need to do work for a travel agency, lol. What a gorgeous setting, and the first photo, spectacular.

  6. I love Fall photography, autumn is the season I miss most as the state I live in here doesn't really have the autumn colours that I grew up enjoying. I loved walking along on a crisp autumn day with the sun shining and the leafs crunching underfoot and all the colours. Your photography always makes me smile and almost smell the autumn air again :)

  7. Your photography is always beautiful, Mary Beth, and you picked an extraordinary subject for this post! As a New Englander, there's a special place in my heart for beautiful fall foliage, and it doesn't get much better than what you captured through your lens at Forest Park this month.


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