Saturday, February 28, 2015

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YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT
 TOO MUCH SNOW?

Check out Route 9
on the way to Cape Cod,
Massachusetts.

(Photo: Boston Assoc. Press)

Friday, February 27, 2015

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THE WINTER
OF MY DISCONTENT

A late winter snow
makes a walk through the woods
sooo beautiful.

   But, I've decided . . .

this is "the winter of my discontent"
(with all liberties taken from
William Shakespeare's Richard III.)

The snow is indeed beautiful,
but the cold sucks!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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MEET THE ORCHID LADY

Babs Wagner is the "orchid lady"
at Missouri Botanical Garden.

As curator of their famous orchid collection,
dating back to 1876 when Henry Shaw
received his first orchid and started
Shaw's Garden in St. Louis,
Babs collects and manages some
7,000 orchid plants,
culminating in the annual Orchid Show
(ongoing this month and next)
which attracts visitors worldwide.

I was allowed a private tour in the garden's
3 controlled orchid greenhouses
(each a different temperature and humidity
depending on the cultivars.)

One of Henry Shaw's original orchids
(Oncidium Sphacelatum)
originally collected in 1898
is still thriving at this year's show.

Babs pointed to several of their resident
insect-eating geckos
which are placed throughout the greenhouses
to control the roach population.
(See final photo.)

Interesting Factoid:
"One of every 8 plants in the world
is an orchid."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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MEAN DOGS?
(NOT HARDLY!)

Take Izzy, the pit bull,
and
Cesar, the police guard dog.

Do they look mean?   dangerous?

Unless you're afraid of being
licked to death,
I don't think so.

(You can see it in their eyes.)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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STEEL SCULPTURES
IN SNOW

Amazing giant steel balls
are assembled in the woods
at Laumeier Sculpture Park
in St. Louis County.

Snow completes their winter beauty.

Monday, February 23, 2015

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METTA IS 5 !!!

What a great birthday party.

You're a beautiful princess.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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SUNNY THAW

Nothing like a sunny day
to melt our ice and snow.

Sunshine beats a snow plow
any day.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

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WHAT'S IN HERE?

When it's cold outside,
with snow and ice on the streets,
and you're tired of waiting
   for Spring . . .

escape the world
with BOOKS!

There's no better place
to spend the weekend
than a used book store.

Discoveries await.
Peace and quiet.
   And if you're lucky . . .

a comfortable chair
and a cat!

Friday, February 20, 2015

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ORCHID SHOW
TO THE RESCUE

We're lucky to have the
Missouri Botanical Garden
in St. Louis.

And especially fortunate
that the annual Orchid Show
has just begun!

Beautiful refuge from the
freezing cold temperatures.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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THE BITTER PART
OF WINTER

Until now,
our Midwest winter has been mild.

But no longer.

This past week has brought 
blustery winds, snow storms
and now sub-zero temperatures.

The winds have made this
the "bitter part of winter."

It burns the skin,
and hurts to the core.

Enough already.
Come Spring, come.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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AND THEN
THE SNOW MELTS

All that snow
melted the following warm day.

And then 
the mercury dropped.

Dropped fast,
to bitter cold.

And we all know
   what that means . . .

(Whoops, watch out!)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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WHERE SNOW IS BEAUTIFUL

The world was peaceful and white
   when we woke up . . .

and beautiful everywhere.
(Just not in the streets!)

It was a good day not to drive.

Monday, February 16, 2015

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SNOW STORM COMING

Can you tell?

You can see it
in the sky.

(Now it's our turn.)


Sunday, February 15, 2015

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LION AND TIGER AND BEAR
OH MY!

These 3 unlikely wild animal companions
are as friendly to one another
as they look.

As the result of a drug bust in Atlanta
some 13 years ago,
these three cubs were rescued in a cage,
barely 2-months old.

The drug dealer had kept them as "pets",
but had kept them together.
He was subsequently arrested, and
the animals carted off to Noah's Ark Rescue Center.

The zoo keepers decided to keep them together,
with no plans to separate their quarters.
They've been unseparable ever since,
oblivious to the fact they aren't
natural companions.

The world's nations could well learn
something about living together
from these 3 wild animals.

(Photos: Noah's Ark Rescue Center)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

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GREAT SPACE
FOR FASHION ORIGINALS

This is SKIF2, a fashion design center
(tucked in a little known corner of St. Louis)
creating one-of-a-kind, hand made
knitted clothing, made famous in The Matrix.

Attracting clothing designers and unique boutiques,
SKIF2 oozes creativity, textures and materials.
Their designers have been featured 
on Project Runway, with customers
from coast to coast.

The secret is out.
SKIF2 rocks!