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  • I returned to the Mississippi River by the old Chain Of Rocks Bridge this afternoon.

    The river was even lower.

    Colder, too, as indicated by the icicles hanging from the multiplying grounded tree trunks and branches.
  • The access point to the river at this point is via Choteau Island.

    This small island was created when the Chain Of Rocks canal was cut to provide a bypass for river traffic around 1950 and is now a reserve and recreation area.
  • I've always liked the canal as a piece of civil engineering, with its absolutely straight path and graded rock banks.
  • A couple of years ago, a photographic print by Andeas Gursky called "Rhein II" was sold for $4.3 million. Many of the message boards I was subscribing to rapidly filled up with incredulous comments decrying this and finding no worth in the image.

    I actually like it a lot, but then again, I think I have a greater sympathy for modern art than that shown by some photographers I have encountered. These people tend to be concerned with technique and equipment, often showing a fondness for high dynamic range imaging (HDR) and overly rich color saturation. Alright in its place, I say, but look beyond.

    Gursky was unafraid to clean his image of walkers and a factory building. So I'll remove the trees and create my own "Chain Of Rocks I".
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