Gateway Arch Sunrise

Starting the work week off with some sunrise photos of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, that I took in spring this year.

These are photos from two mornings in which the sun was amazing. And, if you look closely in the last two photos, you can see the moon peeking through the clouds.

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The St. Louis Arch and the Old Cathedral

Earlier this year, we traveled to St. Louis to experience the Arch and more. Enjoy these photos of the Old Cathedral and the Arch.

TripTip: Early morning is the best time to snap a photo of both the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) and the St. Louis Arch since few people are out and about. Weekends are even more quiet!

The church (built 1831-1834) is located near the historic riverfront of St. Louis, surrounded by but not a part of the Gateway Arch grounds. Because of the historical significance of the church, it was left intact while all neighboring buildings were demolished to make way for the Gateway Arch.

The earliest Catholic records indicate that a tent was used in 1766 and by 1770 a small log house was built on the site.

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Um, I Almost Got It …

… well, maybe not.

Snow Monkeys love grooming!

It maintains close social bonds between them, along with removing parasites.

So adorable to see these two Snow Monkeys having a special grooming moment at the Minnesota Zoo.

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Snow Monkeys

Did you know Snow Monkeys make snowballs just because it’s fun? My kind of monkey!

Like all other primates, Snow Monkeys are threatened by habitat destruction and human overpopulation.

Also called the Japanese macaques, Snow Monkeys are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which means although they are not immediately threatened, there are still protective measures in place to make sure their numbers do not decline.

Enjoy these photos taken at the Minnesota Zoo earlier this summer.

Learn more about Snow Monkeys.

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A Little Monkey Business

Snow Monkey business that is. And, it all ends with what looks like a tap on the butt in the photo at the bottom.

While at the Minnesota Zoo in August, these two Snow Monkeys sure put on a show chasing after each other.

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9-11 Reflecting Pool

A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit the National September 11 Memorial in New York City.

I know my post is one of thousands of photos posted on this day as we pay tribute, honor and reflect on the events in 2001.

I thought a photo of one of the twin reflecting pools fitting for this post, which is a powerful reminder as we reflect on what and who was lost on that day.

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Monarch Butterfly

Fun to see a Monarch butterfly while at Tettegouche State Park in Minnesota this summer.

And, more importantly, it was great to see Milkweed plants along the side of the roads. If you’re not aware, Milkweed is a host plant for Monarch butterflies, but sadly the plant is also considered a noxious weed by some people, which means it is often destroyed.

Learn how you can help Monarch butterflies.

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Clouded Sulphur Butterfly

I’ve seen the Clouded Sulpher Butterfly around, but since they are fast and busy I haven’t been able to photograph them.

Here’s one that was still for just a few seconds to let me take its photo while I was at Tettegouche State Park earlier this summer.

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An Endangered Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

The Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee is the first bee species in the U.S. to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

And, sadly, politics played a role in Rusty-Patched Bumble Bees almost not being added to the list.

Thanks in part to a petition, they were added on March 21, 2017, to the Endangered Species list.

Learn more about how you can help these small and essential creatures.

Watch and Share: A Ghost in the Making: Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee.

I was pretty excited to have stumbled across one.

Enjoy the pics!

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American Goldfinch

Enjoy these photos of American Goldfinch on echinacea coneflowers and thistles.

Love fall!

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