My last stitched panorama post was also from Missouri and also featured the Mississippi River. It’s a sheer coincidence, other than the fact that it’s a part of the world I grew up in and seem to visit more often than not. Not a theme. (Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.)
Where last time I showed Chain Of Rocks Bridge near St. Louis, this time (a different trip) we were up by Hannibal. If you’re familiar at all with classic American literature, you know what Hannibal represents and why it’s a huge tourist draw.
When I was a kid growing up in Kansas City we visited Hannibal a couple of times. I remember those trips very fondly, especially since I was a voracious reader from an early age and was well familiar with “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” Even in the mid-1960s Hannibal was a tourist town playing up its history as the birthplace of Samuel Clemens (aka “Mark Twain”) and I was thrilled to get a chance to see the actual sites which many of the scenes in the books were based on. (The infamous cave where Tom and Becky Thatcher got lost is fantastic!)
This panoramic picture was taken in August, 2007. (Click to enlarge.) This time the whole family was visiting my son, who was stationed nearby at Scott Air Force Base. This view is from the “Lover’s Leap” outlook, from which you get a fantastic view of the town of Hannibal and the river that is its lifeblood. You can see the paddlewheel boat that gives tours up and down the river – we took the evening dinner cruise. The food was okay, the cruise was wonderful.
This panorama comes from fifteen images of 3456 x 2304 pixels (8 megapixels each) taken with a Canon Rebel XT DSLR, combined into a trimmed image of 24,357 x 2203 pixels (53.6 megapixels).
The other vivid memory of this day came after dark when we were headed back to the St. Louis area. We were on a state highway (taking the scenic route back) rolling through farmland. We ran into a couple miles of HUGE clouds of bugs, tens of thousands of them smacking into the windshield so that the wipers could barely keep up. It was unusual, fascinating, and utterly grotesque.