Our last Photo Weekend in 2011 kicks off tomorrow at 8 a.m. It's been a great Photo Weekend season and we've traveled to some incredible cities. This also means that Springfield, Missouri will be the last city highlighted in our Ten Places to Photograph list this year. Spring is here and it is a great time to go out and photograph in Springfield (no pun intended). Here are ten places that piqued my photographic curiosity in Springfield, Missouri. Ozark Stream and Fountain in Jordan Valley Park is an amazing water feature. It was designed to emulate an Ozarks stream with its meandering water complete with waterfalls, ripples, sound and a section that disappears under the walkway. Wilson's Creek National Battle Field - Wilson's Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River. With the exception of the vegetation, the field has changed little and remains in near pristine condition. Dickerson Park Zoo - This zoo is best know for its involvement in several Species Survival Plans, most notably Asian elephants, maned wolves and cheetahs. This is a great place to photograph these exotic animals. Fantastic Caverns - The website states that it is “the worlds only ride through cave.” The combination of stalactites, stalagmites and dramatic lighting are perfect for unique photographs. Commercial Street Historic District - This district consists of six blocks of historic buildings in downtown Springfield. This area has a ton going on from the shops, to a foot bridge for great train watching, to the farmers market. Walking around this area with your camera you are sure to find great subject matter. Gillioz Theatre and Jim D. Morris Arts Center - The 1926 historic Gillioz Theatre has an fantastic marquee, a formal lobby, a golden sky of ornate paintings and detailed architecture. It would be hard not to find something to photograph here. Pythian Castle - Originally built in 1913 as an orphanage by the Knights of Pythias and later owned by the U.S. Military for more than 50 years, this certified haunted castle is rich in history. With more than 50 rooms, almost 40,000 square feet, dungeons, ballroom and theater, it has endless possibilities for photography day or night. Washington Park Botanical Gardens - The park has four different types of gardens, a restored prairie, the homestead of Gray Campbell, and Ozarks Greenway Trail. The 4 gardens are: Japanese Stroll Garden, Entrance Garden, Demonstration Garden, and Turf Garden. This is a great place for macro photography. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden - This authentic garden was comes complete with a pond and tea house. It is a great place to photograph unique species of plants along with Japanese styled structures. Springfield Conservation Nature Center - There are great exhibits indoors and three miles of hiking trails through a variety of natural habitats outdoors at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Do you know of great places in Springfield that I didn’t mention? I’d love to know where you photograph. Leave your suggestions in the comments below. If you do photograph in or around Springfield show us your favorites! Post them on our Flickr group page or on our Facebook page. Make sure to tag the images with “Springfield.”  


Page Orb

Page worked at RMSP for almost a decade. Life after RMSP holds freelance opportunities in photography, web design, and writing for Page. When not behind the computer you may find her playing in snow, in the mountains, behind a camera or relishing her most important job-Mom. To see Page's personal projects visit www.pageorbpedde.com.