Sunday, July 31, 2016

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GIANTS OF THE LILY WORLD

These hybrid lilies (Scheherazade)
reach 7-feet in height
and can handle the heat of our
July-August weather.

Magnificent towering majesty!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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THE JOYS OF
A SUMMER GARDEN

This is why we page through
seed catalogs . . . add compost
to our garden soil each winter . . .
turn it over each spring . . .
keeping it organic all the way.

This is why we start seeds inside,
giving them a headstart waiting
for warm days to transplant outside.

This is why we weed and water.
Enjoying healthy harvests everyday.

Perfect, healthy food,
and sooo delicious.

Friday, July 29, 2016

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FLOATING
ON THE MERAMEC

Beautiful digital conversion
of my recent Meramec River
float trip photo.

(Experimenting with new aps
and conversion software.
This one I like.)

Jury's still out, however.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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FLOATING BEAUTY

The water mimosa is like its
land tree cousin, except it grows
and floats on top of the water.

And like the mimosa tree,
its leaves curl closed
when touched. 

What a beauty.

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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'55 LAFITE

1955, a legendary vintage ...

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild,
the wine of kings ...

I wonder how wonderful
it must taste.

Can you imagine?


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Ripe, fresh picked,
home grown tomatoes.
Still warm from the vine.

There's nothing like the taste
of a real tomato.
(HINT:  Not sold in stores.)

In all their beautiful shapes,
sizes and colors,
especially the heart shaped 'maters,

it's like they're talking to us!

Monday, July 25, 2016

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UNDER THE DOME

Like the outerspace bio-dome in the
1972 sci-fi film "Silent Running",
the Climatron is an earth-based version of
a climate controlled geodesic dome,
containing a year-round tropical jungle
of exotic palms and plants.

Interestingly, it felt cool to enter
the Climatron's usual tropical climate,
compared with St. Louis' 100+˚(F)
outdoor temperature.

Cubanola trumpet blossoms
cascaded down from the central waterfall,
with many rare tropical flowers
in bloom.

What a gorgeous treasure!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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TOMATO BOTTOMS

Now that heirloom tomatoes
are being grown and sold
by gardeners and farmers worldwide,
we're seeing some unique and irregular
varieties and colors for these summertime beauties.

When you see them, and try new varieties,
be sure to check out their bottoms!

Heirloom tomatoes, especially the
"german striped" rainbow giants,
have beautiful bottoms.
(see above pics)

By the way,
they taste fantastic!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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VINTAGE COWBOYS

 (Recently rescued family photo.
I actually remember when this photo was taken.)

This is famed TV cowboy star
Hopalong Cassidy, with his horse _______,
alongside  his "best buckaroos"
on a show tour to St. Louis.

On the left is Buckaroo Danny, my brother,
and to the right, cute Buckaroo Ricky (me).

Bonus Factoid

Hopalong Cassidy was the
king of Saturday morning TV
when I was growing up . . .
dressed in black, his buckles,
those boots, and
his companion horse.

Can you name Hoppy's horse?
(Interestingly, this is one of the
most notorious questions
in the adult version of Trivial Pursuit.)

(HINT:  It's not Trigger.)

Friday, July 22, 2016

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SUNFLOWERS

are named perfectly,
   not because they look like the sun, 
  but because they follow the sun.

From morning to evening,
sunflowers are as tall as they can be
and faithfully turn to the sun.

A satellite dish for sunshine!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

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FILIPINO CULINARY 
ROGUE DINNER

The Rogue Underground Dining Society
had a special dinner guest chef,
Yana Gilbuena,
who led the Rogue chefs and staff
in a special "pop up" dinner
early this week.

Yana has made news headlines recently,
having conducted gourmet Filipino dinners
in all 50 U.S. states, provinces in Canada,
and several dinners in Mexico City and Tulum.
She is self-described at the
"Filipino Culinary Nomad.

Crowd favorites at the Rogue event
were pancit palabok and kare kare,
featuring soft shell crabs, prawns
and century eggs,
  in a crisp tapioca shell . . . 

braised oxtails, black rice,
  peanut molĂ© on a fresh banana leaf . . .

almond gazpacho with
  floating fruits and flowers . . .

and scallop nicoise with
cauliflower couscous.

(Yana helped select a selection
of world wines to go with each course.) 

Thank you, Yana.

(Filipino PopUp Dinners @saloseries)
 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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USING SCULPTURE
IN MEDITATION

Sculpture and art
can be powerful focal points
for meditation.

Buddhas, eggs, obelisks,
even giant eye balls.

(Whatever works.)