Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Interlude: Carondelet Park

Posted in Adventure, art, Hike, Interlude, Jason Gray, Park, perception, Photo Walk, photography, prime lenses by Jason Gray on August 15, 2017

Created as a concession to demands for a southern and northern park following the planned establishment of Forest Park, Carondelet Park is the third largest green space in St. Louis, and the only one that honors the karst topography original to the area.



Interlude: Happy B-Day, Forest Park!

Posted in art, Jason Gray, learning, links, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on June 24, 2016

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Today, one of St. Louis’ most beloved attractions turns 140 years old.  However, when we celebrate the origin of Forest Park, we should also celebrate the beginnings of O’Fallon Park and Carondelet Park because it was only with a promise to build the other two that St. Louis residents agreed to pass the ballot measure necessary to build the city’s now preeminent greenspace.

I’ve written pretty extensively about all three parks for Photo Flood Saint Louis (click links above), so instead of rehashing the parks’ histories, I thought that it would be more fun to challenge how well my STL readers know each one.  In the comments below, challenge yourself, and identify which park goes with which image (ie. Image 1=xxxx Park).  Now, let’s see how well you know your city parks….

*Answer key in comments.


Interlude: Walking Distance

Posted in art, awareness, family, Jason Gray, perception, Photo Walk, photography, prime lenses, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 27, 2016

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Like most neighborhoods in St. Louis, there is a lot to photograph within a short walk of my front door.  As a colonial city (that’s right, STL was founded during the time of the 13 colonies), there is more than two and a half centuries of history bottled up in this city, and that is if you are only counting since the time of French settlement.  It is no wonder then that a short stroll can reveal countless insights into the idiosyncratic nature of this town’s architecture, natural landscape , and people.