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Since returning to St. Louis, it has been hard to generate much enthusiasm for photography. I'd seen so much that the return to the old familiar places seemed truly anticlimactic. Still, as it is an amazingly cool (81 F) evening, I thought I'd drive out the land between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in St. Charles County and watch the sun go down.

I found a spot next to a railway line and took this shot. I like it. Not only did I capture the gleam of the steel rails but two Red-winged Blackbirds flew into my frame, one with its wings lit up by the orange light.

I may not be in mountain country anymore, but I can still find beauty.