Nature Photography Workshop this Saturday Morning

Reminder of the Innsbrook Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop this Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 am

The first Innsbrook Nature Group Chautauqua event for the summer will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 10:30 am – 12 noon at the Charrette Creek Commons meeting room. We are excited to host a visit by Gary Hesse who is a professional photographer that teaches nature photography classes at Meramec Community College. Gary will present a fast-paced program of tips and tricks for getting those special nature photographs of landscapes and wildlife. Bring your camera and questions.

Photo of IBK Fox Kits by Cindy Bowers

 

We also invite our own Innsbrook photo enthusiasts to join us and share what they have learned practicing their hobby in such a perfect setting. Just how did Cindy Bowers get these young fox kits to look right at the camera without running away?

 

 

If you need more inspiration to sharpen your camera skills, then view some of these amazing photos of Innsbrook’s very own Bald Eagle family taken by Innbrook Nature Group (IBK’ng) followers at  https://ibknature.com/gallery/innsbrook_eagles/. And how big of a lens, or tall of a ladder, did Allison Volk need to get those photographs of eagle chicks in their nest?

The event from 10:30 am to 12 noon is free and open to all. At 1 pm, after an on-your-own lunch break and weather permitting, there will be an optional photo expedition along an Innsbrook nature trail for those who desire additional hands-on instruction directly from our guest instructor and resident experts.

Hope to see you there!

Innsbrook Nature Events Coming Soon (Corrected)

Missouri Conservationists to Visit Innsbrook for Book Signing & Wine Tasting on Friday, May 19

The Innsbrook Property Owners Association has invited Dan and Connie Burkhardt to visit Innsbrook on Friday evening, May 19, at 7 pm in the Charrette Creek Commons meeting room. Having worked with the Ted Jones family, who founded Edward Jones and later championed the Katy Trail, they are outspoken nature lovers of rural Missouri.  The Burkhardt’s are also founders of the Katy Land Trust (www.katylandtrust.org) that works to preserve the great beauty and heritage of the Missouri River Valley while promoting regional tourism.

They will discuss and sign copies of their most recent book “Growing Up With the River” that tells the history of the Missouri River Valley from the adventures of children over nine generations of families who inhabited our region. While it’s a great gift book for kids to enjoy at their Innsbrook retreat, we adults can learn much about the history of the local area.  This latest book follows their beautifully photographed “Missouri River Country: 100 Miles of Stories and Scenery From Hermann to the Confluence”.

Dan and Connie also own Bethlehem Valley Wines, located not that far from Innsbrook in Marthasville, and have recently restored the historic Peers General Store in Treloar. You are invited to arrive a few minutes early to sample some of their wines they have promised to bring along! Hope to see you there.

Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop on Saturday, June 3

Our first Nature Chautauqua event for the summer will be on Saturday, June 3, from 10:30 am – 12 noon at the Charrette Creek Commons meeting room. We are excited to host a visit by Gary Hesse who is a professional photographer that teaches nature photography classes at Meramec Community College. Gary will present a fast-paced program of tips and tricks for getting those special outdoor photographs of landscapes and wildlife. Bring your camera and questions.

Photo of IBK Fox Kits by Cindy Bowers

 

We also invite our own Innsbrook photo enthusiasts to join us and share what they have learned practicing their hobby in such a perfect setting. Just how did Cindy get these fox kits to look right at the camera without running away?

 

 

If you need more inspiration to sharpen your camera skills, then view some of these amazing photos of Innsbrook’s very own Bald Eagle family taken by Nature Group followers at  https://ibknature.com/gallery/innsbrook_eagles/.

The event from 10:30 am to 12 noon is free and open to all. At 1 pm, after a lunch break and weather permitting, there will be an optional hands-on photo expedition along an Innsbrook trail for those who desire more personalized instruction directly from our guest expert. 

Power of Nature

Some parts of Innsbrook received more than 6 inches of rain over the weekend. Witness the power of nature by looking at the torrents of water rushing along tributaries of Charrette Creek and turning normally dry dam spillways in to white water rapids.

 

Innsbrook Nature Spring Newsletter Now Available

Dear Innsbrook Nature Enthusiasts,

The Innsbrook Nature Group has published its Spring 2017 newsletter on our website at https://ibknature.com/newsletters/spring-2017-newsletter/. In this issue you will find nature news and guest articles on: survey results of how well we live in harmony with nature, Innsbrook’s growing eagle family, a tour of Innsbrook trails, nature photography workshop this June, cougars are now close by in Missouri, bird feeding tips, phenology and climate change, and results from the recent dark sky survey and winter bird count. (If you have trouble viewing this secure page, just go to http://www.ibknature.com then to the newsletter menu.)

If you read something of interest or learned something new please share this with your Innsbrook friends and neighbors who may not yet be on our newsletter notification list. They can sign-up by providing their email address where prompted in the top right-hand side field of any website page, including this one. Don’t forget to celebrate Earth Hour (tonight) on Saturday, March 25, at 8:30 pm by turning your lights off for just one hour to enjoy rural darkness.

Naturalized daffodils are popping up all over Innsbrook’s forest floors.

Valentine Nature Lover’s Hike This Sunday

Take a Valentine Nature Lover’s Hike this Sunday 

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Take Our Survey on Why You Love Nature! 

Show your love of Nature – and work off that special Valentine date meal – by joining us for a small group winter hike this Sunday at 1 pm. We plan to meet at the Log Cabin and hike the flat southeast loop of the Tyrolean Trail (TT) as it runs along Charrette Creek. This hike takes about 45 minutes as it meanders along the creek and passes over it on foot bridges at several locations. A reminder that we will begin at the Log Cabin and not at the first TT trailhead immediately below Alpine Dam which you come to.

We chose this trail because during most winters the gravel road down and back up Alpine Dam can be nearly impassable over snow and ice. This year with so little snow we simply don’t have that problem, so it will be a rare treat to experience the trail in the winter. Who knows what we will see in wildlife activity given the relatively warm, dry winter.

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2015 Frigid Valentine Hike at Farmhouse Field

The weather is expected to be better than the past two years, but could be wet. On our 2015 hike the temperature fell from the teens into single digits which kept our group of a dozen moving briskly. Last year we had several inches of fresh snow yet still had a few hardy spirits to join us as a test of loving Nature.

Please dress appropriate and bring your own water or hot beverage and we will bring the Valentine sweets. Just a reminder that this is not an Innsbrook Resort sponsored event nor are we a formal club, so the decision to participate is at your level of comfort.

Can’t make the hike? Then just tell us why you love Nature at Innsbrook. Leave a note in the comment field below or send us an email to info@ibknature.com and we will share our collective “Nature – Be My Valentine” wishes in the Spring newsletter.

Innsbrook Nature Winter Newsletter Now Available

The Innsbrook Nature Group has published its Winter 2017 newsletter on our website IBKnature.com at https://ibknature.com/newsletters/winter-2017-newsletter/. In our latest issue you will learn about a lunar eclipse timed perfectly for love birds over Valentine’s weekend, what we like so much about winter hiking, identifying animal tracks in the snow, the next great bird count and dark sky survey, Innsbrook lake water quality reports, what’s new on the nature bookshelf, and 2017 events being planned including the Great American Eclipse. We also have a poll asking how well do you think we as a community overall do with living in harmony with nature.

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Hope to see you out on the trails this winter!

Kath & Rich