Close to Home Gallery

The “Close to Home Gallery,” featuring exceptional photographs taken by Dr. David Crowe, is located on the first floor of the main Hospital across from the Surgery Waiting Room. The 12 images selected for the gallery represent our region and help us realize there is beauty all around us — often in the most unexpected places.

The images in the "Close to Home" gallery are part of an effort to raise funds for the renovation of our neonatal intensive care unit and a hybrid cath lab.

Autumn in Southeast Missouri

In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. to benefit Cardiology and Neonatal ICU

Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

AutumnSEMissouriThe rolling hills of East Perry County and North Cape Girardeau County tell different stories to different people. To earth scientists they are the final resting place for soils deposited by glaciers eons ago. To the German immigrants who came here in the 1800s, they were something else entirely. Very simply, this place reminded them of home.

Barge on Mississippi River

In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Erlbacher to benefit Cardiology and Neonatal ICU

Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

BargeMississippiThis is an easy viewpoint to find, located at the edge of the road at Cape Rock in Cape Girardeau. Nonetheless, this photograph, at this time of day, with a barge in this location, took years to capture.

Different people bring different experiences to viewing a photograph. For me, this image is all about lighting and composition. A friend I have in the river industry can tell me the name of the towboat, the cargo, the time of year, and the river stage. Talk with people who work on the barges, and their impressions of this photograph will diverge even more from mine. And what would Mark Twain have thought upon seeing this picture? What would an Osage Indian from 250 years ago have thought?

Big Spring

SoutheastHEALTH Auxiliary for NICU Infants and Families to benefit Neonatal ICU

Carter County, Missouri

BigSpringStatistics show that this is the largest single outlet spring in the world, with an average daily output of two hundred eighty six million gallons. That amount of water would fill five thousand standard-sized bathtubs every minute. At fifty-eight degrees, it would make for some very cold, very brief baths! Statistics, though, do not do this place justice. Our eyes tell us much more. This is an incredibly beautiful and unique part of the world that exhibits a completely different personality in each season of the year.

Dawn at Amidon Memorial Conservation Area

Leonard and Inell Vogel to benefit the Neonatal ICU

Madison County, Missouri

DawnAmidonThe texture of nature. The texture of life. The texture of the world that surrounds us is, in so many ways, impossible to describe.

Elephant Rocks State Park

Donor recognition opportunity available

Iron County, Missouri

ElephantRocksThe consensus among many geologists is that the Saint Francois Mountains of Southeast Missouri are the oldest mountains in the world. Here at Elephant Rocks, a two-hour drive from this hospital, a remnant of the granite core of mountains much older and once much taller than Colorado’s Rockies is plainly visible.

Hawn State Park

Jane Cooper Stacy in Honor of Dr. James Cooper to benefit Cardiology

Sainte Genevieve County, Missouri

HawnStateParkMuch of what motivates my interest as a landscape photographer is to be able to examine a finished print and say, “I was there when it looked like that.”

If anyone needs confirmation that Missouri is an astoundingly beautiful place, one trip to Hawn State Park should do it.

Moonrise Over Cape Girardeau

The Jerry Lipps Family to benefit the Neonatal ICU

Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

MoonriseCapeGirardeauEveryone living in this part of the world should experience, at least once, a full moon rising above the Mississippi.

Near Greer Spring

Bob and Alene Matthews to benefit Cardiology and Neonatal ICU

Oregon County, Missouri

GreerSpringsThe first time I came here there was no groomed trail. I was working my way through a thickly wooded forest.

I heard the water rushing below me and then encountered this, my first glimpse of a tributary that adds over two hundred million gallons a day to the Eleven Point River. Greer Spring, the source of all the water, was five hundred yards ahead of me.

I’m not alone in the opinion that Greer Spring is the most beautiful natural area in Missouri. I was alone on this hike, though, until I met a couple quietly sitting beside the spring outlet. They had first seen the spring more than a decade earlier. Each fall, they traveled… from Alaska… to sit beside it again.

Ozark Trail

Donor recognition opportunity available

McDonald County, Missouri

OzarkTrailThe Ozark foothills, where this hospital is located, and the Ozark Mountains near here, are regions of remarkable physical beauty and diversity. Finding these places is not difficult.

Saint Francis River

In Honor of W.A. “Bill” Heyde, Jr. by Robert and Adelaide Parsons and W.A. Heyde III to benefit Cardiology

Madison County, Missouri

StFrancisRiverOne of the joys of living in Southeast Missouri is that no other place anywhere close to this part of the world has such a diverse and varied landscape. And there’s more: look at the remarkable colors in this rock formation, a vestige of the ancient Saint Francois Mountains. It tells the story of two widely separated geologic events blended into one feature that looks like this. Geologists have explained to me that something like this is remarkably rare.

Sunset on the Mississippi


The Tipton Family to benefit Cardiology

Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

This is a companion piece to the other river pictures on these walls, all taken on different days in different years.

In this part of the world, the Mississippi River and the sky above it display a remarkably varied and changeable appearance, often from day to day.


Gary and Wendy Rust in Honor of David P. Crowe to benefit the Neonatal ICUWarePumpkins

Union County, Illinois

This is dawn on an October Morning in Ware, Illinois.

Ware is a landmark location for my family. As our kids were growing up, whenever we were traveling to or from Cape Girardeau, passing through this small Southern Illinois community always elicited our own version of Abbot and Costello’s Who’s on First:

“Does anyone know our location?”
“That’s what I asked. Where are we?”
(Repeat, with slight variations.)

It never gets old. Actually it got old years ago, but it’s still fun.