Saturday, August 19, 2017

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RABBIT IN THE SKY

And there he was,
the weekend before
 our total solar eclipse.

A rabbit in the sky!

It is said that the Buddha,
disguised as a rabbit, 
threw himself in a fire
as sacrifice to the god Indra.
His reward was to live as a moon.

Coincidence?
Certainly not.

The rabbit is the totem
for the coming celestial event,
where the moon blocks all of the sun.
 


Friday, August 18, 2017

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BARN AT REST

Weathered old Missouri barn.
Surviving years of service,
storms and storage.

Aging gracefully,
and still in use.

So beautiful.
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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SWIMMING HOLE

Most country folks
with a spring fed pond,
build a deck
out to the deep part.

Made for running out,
jumping in.

Cools you right down.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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FIRE DRILL
AT
KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

Teachers learn how to
use emergency equipment
to get wheelchair students
  down steps quickly, safely. 

Safe evacuation drills
are taken seriously.

Monday, August 14, 2017

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PADDLEBOARDING
THE MERAMEC

Missouri streams are famous
for "float trips" . . .
canoes, kayaks, rafts
and now,
"standup paddleboards!"

My first sighting.
(Doesn't look very relaxing.)
 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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ANA MARIA
IN THE RAIN

(Tarde Lluviosa)

La Candaleria
Bogotá, Colombia

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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BUDDHIST RETREAT
WORTH THE SEARCH

In the middle of Missouri wine country,
there's a Buddhist retreat
open to the public,
but hidden from view.

In the rolling hills
near Augusta,
you will be welcomed
to hike the paths of this
beautiful retreat.

And leave in a peaceful state.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

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SUMMER BREEZE

Makes me feel fine.
Blowing through the jasmine
In my mind.


                     (Seals & Croft 1972)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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BARN AT REST

An old farm shed
resting on summer pastures
in rural Missouri.

Not sure it will make it
to next year.

(I love how they
leave it standing.)
 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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COUNTDOWN TO
LOUFEST

One month away.

2 days, 3 stages,
way too many bands,
in beautiful Forest Park.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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ELI GETS METTA

Good shooting, bud.
Not with bullets,
but with chilly Meramec
river water.
  
Summer fun
before school starts again. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

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GARDEN COMPOSITION

Rainy day visit
to the Botanical Garden.

Where a dead palm leaf
was protecting this young
Schefflera sprout.

Beautiful.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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PRIME TIME
AT THE
FARMER'S MARKET

Peak-of-freshness vegetables,
heirloom varieties.
picked fresh, grown locally.

Everything's in season.

Sooo good.
 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT

Monday, August 21

Take the day off.
Where will you be? 

They say this one's 
going to be spectacular.

If you're lucky enough 
to be in the path.
You're in for a treat.

See above map for the U.S.
You'll notice Cuba, Missouri,
is one of the featured cities.

I'll be on the gravel bar, in the middle
of the Meramec River.

(Photo is typical corona display
when the moon gets exactly between
the Sun and the Earth.)

Time stops.  You can see stars
in the sky!   Animals hide.
Birds are silent.

Be there!
 

Friday, August 4, 2017

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GREAT DAY TO WEAR
'SUMMER YELLOWS' 

Weather man says 
"perfect weather for
coming weekend."

So wear yellow, and smile!
 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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TOMATOES 
HAVE FEELINGS 

Here's proof.

This one's happy.
She's definitely smiling.

(There's a chance
I've been spending too much time
at the farmers market.)

😏
 
  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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CACTUS SUN

Looking down
on a barrel cactus
always reminds me
of sunshine!

Summer sun
is exactly what cacti
need and love.

(Looking forward to 
the total solar eclipse,
August 21.)
 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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THE SYMMETRY OF NATURE

It's worth getting close to
growing things, really close.

Plants and leaves
have such wonderful design
and structure.

So beautiful. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

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COOL CRESS

It's always refreshing
to harvest a new crop of
wild watercress,
  especially in the heat of summer.

Cause watercress only thrives
in clean chilly spring water.

Sweet, crisp and tangy.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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UNION STATION GRAND HALL

Once the grand hall of St. Louis Union Station, 
the 120 year old national historic landmark
and now a cocktail lounge at the
converted Hyatt hotel,
this was once the busiest train station in the U.S.

Wow.
 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND

The weather is kind now.
The heat has left us,
but not the sun.

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, July 28, 2017

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MONSTER HYDRANGEAS

Granted, hydrangea bushes have always
been popular here in the Midwest.

But for some reason, 
(perhaps our wet Spring
and recent oppressive heat),
the flower heads are huge
this year.

I've never seen them this large.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

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SOMEONE LIVES HERE

Down the street,
behind Mark's factory,
there's an old tree.

And from the looks of things,
someone lives there.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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SUMMER PLEASURES

One of my favorite summer pleasures
is homegrown peach season.

Slicing a fragrant, ripe peach
is a juicy task,

But well worth the effort,
especially next to a slice of
fresh baked wild blackberry pie.

Oh my!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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PURPLE PESTO

If you can get your hands on
some fresh purple basil,
you will love this recipe
to make your own Purple Pesto.

1/3 cup almonds (roasted/salted)
2 oz. purple basil, peeled leaves
2 large cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp coarse salt
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Chop all ingredients (not the oil)
in food processor or by hand
to the consistency you like.

With food processor running,
drizzle olive oil and salt gradually.

Your kitchen will smell wonderful.

Hint: weigh the basil, or pack
leaves to fill a 2-cup measure.

(You can refrigerate or freeze.)

Monday, July 24, 2017

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW

Watching and weeding,
tilling and feeding.

What fun to enjoy
beautiful food growing.

(Even in this heat!)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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HOT MEETS COLD

Here's what happens when
oppressive hot and humid air
sits on top of our spring-fed
Missouri streams!

Visibility zero!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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ICE COLD FUN

Here's a fun idea
when temperatures get in the 100's.

Get the gang together.

Head to Art Hill
(which is famous for sledding
in the winter time). 

Everyone (especially the kids)
bring a block of ice,
and a towel.

Sled down the hill
on your ice block.

It takes balance,
so easy does it.

Now you're ice block sledding!