Sunday, May 28, 2017

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CRAWDADS ARE BACK

It's a good sign
to see crawdads in our rivers.

Although quite small right now,
they need clean free-flowing water
to prosper in Missouri's streams.

Like little lobsters,
crawdads (aka crawfish) grow much larger
and can be harvested in early July
for tasty local stews and soups.
 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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HEADED DOWN
TO THE RIVER

Never mind the 
severe thunderstorm 
weather forecast
this weekend.

Headed down to the Meramec
for Memorial Day weekend.

Enjoy the weekend,
where ever you are.

Friday, May 26, 2017

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CAMPING IN THE TREES

Like giant pine cones
hanging from the trees,
these tree tents
sleep four,
on a circular mattress,
keep the critters out,
and are a fun way to play house.

(Studio Dré Wapenaar, Netherlands)


Thursday, May 25, 2017

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ICE CREAM DAYS

With Memorial Day just
around the corner,
it's no wonder
kids will be craving ice cream
or fancy swirl frozen custard.

Summer must be 'round the corner.

(Just don't forget the napkins!)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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SCENES FROM
OLD LEMP BREWERY

America's first lager beer,
Lemp was built in 1840
and brewed important brands
of bottled beer in St. Louis,
including Lemp, Greisedieck,
and Falstaff,
but lies inactive today!

The all brick headquarters is
still standing and includes
magnificent towering brick silos. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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MORNING GREETING

Maya saying hi to Porter.
Or is it
Porter saying hi to Maya?

(Looks like reciprocal love.) 

Monday, May 22, 2017

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BIRTH OF
A TEA POT

With just 2 days of school left,
I am so relieved John's ceramic piece
made it through the kiln in time.

Such a creative force, and natural artist,
my autistic student worked a piece of clay,
shaped and formed it into
an original design, a shape and color
for his very first tea pot.

I love the color glaze he chose 
for the final firing.

A tea pot is born!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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PINK PERFECTION

The pink lotus (nelumbo nucifera),
the most sacred of all lotus species,
is getting ready to bloom.

Each part of the pink lotus
(roots, stem, petals, leaves, seeds)
has medicinal and metaphysical properties,
with effects that are narcotic and euphoric.

My favorite part is the visual beauty
of this magnificent plant.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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DANGEROUS BEAUTY

This Bishop's Cap cactus
(astrophytum ornatum)
is a real beauty, especially up close

o  Very sharp golden spines
o  With white flecks on its
     symmetrical spines 

Native to Mexico, this cactus
  has a reputation for injuring 
hikers who don't see it underfoot.


 (Ouch.) 

Friday, May 19, 2017

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LOVERS GRAFFITI

Once a popular place
to record their love.

(I wonder if Yolonda & Tim
are still in love . . .) 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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LOUIE IX 
ADMIRING THE VIEW

Although this jogger
picked her resting spot
at the top of Art Hill,
little did she know she gave
King Louis IX of France
(aka St. Louis)
a view of his own.

(Beautiful day in front of
the St. Louis Art Museum.) 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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SACRED PERFECTION

The sacred lotus flower
is sending its blooms now
up through its leafy canopy.

Every part of this aquatic flower
is absolute perfection. 

(And a joy to photograph.)
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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ENJOY THESE SPEARS
WHILE YOU CAN

Fresh asparagus is here.
If you don't have it in your garden,
visit your local farmers market soon.

Extremely high in Vitamin K,
try grilling some fresh spears
on your barbecue grill.
(Rub them generously with 
extra virgin olive oil,
and grill until charred.)

Serve with fresh squeezed lemon juice
and grated parmesan cheese.

Yum!
 

Monday, May 15, 2017

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DAWN'S BEAUTY
AT THE CABIN

and great relief
our record floods
have left the cabin intact,
although the entrance road
has been drastically impaired.

And for the time being,
it's hike in and hike out.

Which makes the mornings
even more peaceful and quiet.

Living on the Meramec River
is a fortunate adventure.
(And breakfast more delicious!)
 
 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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MOTHER OF THE FOREST

The mighty oak
nurtures us all.

Thank you
all Earth's mothers.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

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RESTORING ACCESS
TO THE CABIN

Gone this weekend
to hike in to the river cabin.

Since the massive flooding,
roads and gravel bars
have been wiped out.

Assessing the damage
and working on a plan
to restore vehicle access.

In the meantime,
hike in & hike out.

Be back in a few days!

Friday, May 12, 2017

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GRANT'S CABIN

Following Ulysses S. Grant's victorious
command of the Union troops and
the end of the Civil War,
he decided to settle down, get married
and build a cabin and farm
on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri.

You can visit his original cabin, White Haven,
on the estate of Grant's Farm in St. Louis.

Although more a "vision of green,"
White Haven is open for tours daily. 

Grant chose to own many parcels of land
throughout the state of Missouri.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

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A PERFECT COMBINATION

They're both in season.

Home grown strawberries
and fresh rhubarb.

Visit your local farmers market, 
and stock up on both.

Time for a pie!
Yummmm.
  Oh my.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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THERE'S A NEW MACHINE
IN TOWN

Just in time for summer.

A new soft-serve ice cream machine
that swirls your choice
of 8 flavors in your cone
(or cup.)

Available at LION'S CHOICE restaurants.

Summer yum!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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GREENING UP
THE CITY

Volunteers planting flowers
in downtown St. Louis.

Making the city skyline
even more beautiful.

Monday, May 8, 2017

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IRIS PETALS

like butterfly wings.

Such perfect beauty.

Now's a good time to visit
  Missouri Botanical Garden. 
The show has begun.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
ELI

Hot dawg.
What fun!

(And in case you're wondering,
I gave him a Fidget Spinner.
He loved it.)
 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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 HOWEVER 
YOU CELEBRATE

Enjoy this Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Party, and dance, and toast the day, but

Poco a poco.*

(*Easy does it.)

Friday, May 5, 2017

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TOO MUCH RAIN

Where ever you are in the St. Louis area,
you can be sure one of our many
rivers and streams is flooded.

Especially the Meramec and Missouri rivers,
and the many streams that feed the
Mighty Mississippi.

The rains are due to stop today.

(Please, God.)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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IRIS IN THE RAIN

Holding up well,
under our relentless showers.

Fact is
the elegant petals of the iris
serve very practical purposes,
 bending inwards to protect
the blossoms from our
pounding rains and
sudden frosts.

Ingenious
as it is beautiful.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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MAY APPLES AND MORELS

Despite our recent rains
and flooding,
the highlands offer some
great hiking and discoveries.

Like may apple umbrellas (mandrake)
carpeting the forest floor,
and a harvest of morel mushrooms
around an old ash tree.


May is full of surprises!