Happy New Year from Nature Frames…..and Bevo!

December 31, 2012—New Year’s Eve

I bet you didn’t know that some Missouri critters celebrate New Year’s Eve with a malted beverage or two, just like some of you. I tried to document this phenomenon in the wild, to no avail, so I headed down to the city, St. Louis that is, and captured this gargolyian fox with a barley pop in one paw and a chicken leg in the other. You can always depend on the gargoyles of the Budweiser Building to be imbibing.

Truth be told, the fox is actually enjoying a non-alcoholic, malted beverage called “Bevo” from which it got its name, “Bevo the Fox,” during prohibition times. Found on each corner of the Budweiser Building, Bevo is actually based on “Reynard the Fox” from French folklore. Don’t you just love his boots, vest and gentleman’s hunting coat? One look at this work of art and I was reminded that I could never have been a sculptor unless I was allowed to hot glue stuff on after the chiseling was finished.  Well, enough of the history lesson. Bevo and I wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

Thanks for Looking!

DB

Bevo the Fox; Canon 1D Mark IV; Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L Lens; Focal Length 160 mm; 1/160 sec @ f/5.6; RAW Capture; Feisol CT3031 Tripod with Markins M-10 Ballhead; Converted and processed in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP)

Note to Photographers:  I shot the gargoyle against an overcast sky so I had to overexpose by 1 1/3 stop to get a proper exposure on the subject. This resulted in a perfect exposure of Bevo and the building but the gray sky turned to bright white—a “high key image” if you will. I made another image where the entire background is the building—no sky—but I liked the angle of the gargoyle’s face better in this one.

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13 comments on “Happy New Year from Nature Frames…..and Bevo!”

  1. Happy New Year to you too Danny 🙂 –> & Bevo!

  2. Happy New Year Danny…loved the photo :))

  3. Whoever chiseled Bevo was extremely talented. Thanks for the different image and story behind it. Happy New Year!

  4. You’re right, I NEVER would have guessed! Love it, Danny!

    • Happy New Year Brenda. I’m on my way to Big Johns at noon………hope I can make it in this snow! We should be photographing your owl.

  5. Happy Healthy, New Year to you Danny, and Joyce. I loved the “Bevo” shot. What a Hoot!!

    Art

  6. AH! At last, something that I’ve photographerd, too :)) (Anjana was deputed to Anheuser-Busch for a year or two some time ago, so I went to take their tour.). Thank you, and wish you and Joyce the very best for 2013 and beyond.


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