Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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WHERE THE BUFFALOS ROAM

A warm winter day
at Lone Elk Park
(St. Louis County),
and the buffalo were enjoying
a beautiful day.

(Me too.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pic Today 1/27/15


LOVE THE WINTER SUN

Especially
on winter's coldest days

find the sun,
face it squarely.
Close your eyes
and feel the warmth.

Soon, my friend.
Soon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

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READY TO FEEL SMALL?

NASA has just released it biggest
hi-resolution photo 
of the Andromeda Galaxy.

It took the Hubble Telescope
3 years to photograph this image,
section by section.
The 4.3-gigabyte photo
is composed of 1.5 billion pixels.
The finished image is
60,000 x 22,000 pixels
and requires 600 HD TV displays
to view it all.

When you view this YouTube video
(just released)
keep in mind each pixel is a star
with its own unique universe.
Ready to feel really, really insignificant?
View this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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MY AFFAIR WITH SIMONE

I confess
I'm in love with Simone.

She moved here from Paris, France
to open a pâtisserie,
La Pâtisserie Chouquette,
a very special French bakery.

As the pâtissière,
she brought with her the
very special baking skills
for fantastic, authentic pastries
and heavenly croissants.

I visit Simone early Saturday mornings
just to have her amazing, flakey croissants.

She bags one up for me,
and I drive straight back to Kaldi's coffee
for a perfect Colombian espresso.

Merci, Simone.
xoxo

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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MYSTICAL WILDNESS

Oil on canvas, 1878 (Louis Breton, French)

This is a painting I frequently visit 
to see at the St. Louis Art Museum.

Jules Breton regularly visited the coastal
region of Brittany to paint the
"mystical wildness" of Breton women.

Here he painted a coastal peasant girl
showing compassion for a wounded sea gull.

Interestingly, this was one of the first paintings
to be exhibited at the newly founded
St. Louis Art Museum in 1881.