Tower Grove Park … Again

In my rush to post last week I forgot to mention that I would have another Tower Grove Park post this week.  Having written that sentence it kind of dawns on me as “so what?”.  Does it really matter, or do you even care, that I forgot mention it?  I doubt it, but now you know.


These first three photo are of a black colored swallowtail; not to be confused with an actual black swallowtail.  I’ve mentioned before that I’ve given up on trying to identify and black colored swallowtails.  It gets especially confusing because the female Eastern tiger swallowtail (whose normal color is yellow with black trim) can sometimes be black.




Below is a photo of what is called The Ruin and, according to this site  from Tower Grove Park:

“In 1867, shortly before Henry Shaw deeded the land that would become Tower Grove Park to the city of St. Louis, the Lindell Hotel—the largest hotel in America at the time—burned to the ground.  Shaw saw potential “ancient ruins” in the building’s fire damaged blocks and had stones arranged  in three clusters. Over the years, the charm and romance of the Ruins  has proven extremely popular for wedding party photographs, with groups often lined up on Saturdays.”

Having seen them from a distance and up close I don’t see the “charm and romance”.  I mean I really don’t care for them.  Up close they look like someone was trying to do a Disney like recreation old ruins in concrete and they failed miserably due to lack of artistic skills.  But that’s just one person’s opinion.  Next time you’re in St. Louis you’ll have to check them out for yourself to see if I’m being too critical.  Actually you would probably be better off to take my opinion, skip this and spend some extra time at the zoo, or the arch, or Ted Drewes Frozen Custard stand.


I have photographed this plant often, both here and at another pond in a city park near me.  I finally made a real effort to identify it and I’m pretty sure it’s a water canna, Thalia dealbata.  Based on its lean I’d say this is a left handed one.


I like the squiggly stems these plants produces.


I’m thinking this is a right handed water canna.


Last week’s post from Tower Grove Park started with a photo of a painted lady and I’ll leave the park today with not just one, and not just two, but three photos of a painted lady.




I was going to end the post with four photos of a painted lady and have the fourth photo be a picture of Julia Roberts in her role from Pretty Woman, at the very beginning of the movie, but then I thought that might be to obtuse so I basically chickened out.  And if you don’t understand what all that means … that’s why I chickened out.


And just a reminder, all of the above “close-ups” were taken at least 5.74 feet ( 1.75 m) away from the subject using an 80-400mm telephoto zoom lens.

Thanks for stopping by.


All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor 80-400mm telephoto zoom lens.

18 thoughts on “Tower Grove Park … Again

    • Thank you. I agree it does look a bit like paint by numbers. My dad used to like to do paint by numbers every now and then and he got to the point where he would intentionally not stay in the lines, blending the edges with other spaces try to make the paintings more realistic. I didn’t think it helped that much. 🙂


    • Thank so much for that link Michael! I’ts exactly the type of thing I was looking for some time ago when I was having troubles identifying them. I think I somehow found every site but that one. I’m going to save a screen print and add a photo of the dark female Eastern tiger swallowtail and I be all set for future reference.

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    • Thanks John. I think you’re right about the IDs. For me it’s a pain to look up birds, insects, flowers, etc. and try to ID them.
      It just adds another process to my photography when all I want to do is just take pictures, but I know people want to know what they are looking at.

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