Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pic Today 6/25/17



RIVER RETREAT

Recent floods on the Meramec
have removed our access road and drive,
but the cabin remains a peaceful sanctuary.

Always worth the hike in!
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pic Today 6/23/17




FLAG IN THE ROTUNDA

Looking up at Old Glory
inside the rotunda
at the Old Court House
in St. Louis.

Built in 1839,
the old Court House
is full of history and
momentous decisions,
not the least of which 
was the Dred Scott case,
where the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled against Scott (a freed slave)
because he was not a U.S. Citizen.
That was in 1857 and only the
2nd time the Supreme Court ruled
that an Act of Congresss was
unconstitutional!

In these very halls!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pic Today 6/22/17



BOTTLE BRUSH 
BUCKEYE

Any wonder how this bush
got its name?

Those flowers would do the job.
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pic Today 6/21/17



ROUND BALES
IN THE FIELD

Spring grasses have been
cut and baled.

Round bales drying and
dotting pastures,
ready to feed livestock
  when the weather turns. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pic Today 6/20/17




RED CADDY LOVE

Not many cars more luxurious
than Cadillac Eldorado convertibles
from the 1970s.

Or longer.
(You'll need two parking spots.)

And red, no less.

Made for summertime lovin'.
 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pic Today 6/19/17



FUTURE LEMONS

 How exciting.

My new Meyer Lemon Tree
is flowering.

With care, and sun,
and pollination
there will be many 
sweet Meyer lemons
at summer's end.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pic Today 6/18/17




FRESH PICKED BERRIES

There's nothing better.

Golden raspberries,
black raspberries,
and
  just picked blueberries. 

Can't get 'em
  in my mouth 
  fast enough! 

😋
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pic Today 1/17/17



LITTLE BOXES

Flying home yesterday evening,
while getting a birds eye view
      of the ever expanding suburbs . . . 

I remembered Pete Seger
singing that great song 
"Little Boxes"

"and they're all made out of
ticky tacky, and they
all look just the same."

OMG, and here they are!

How does anyone remember
where they live, and what
driveway to pull into?

(How sad.)
 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pic Today 6/11/17



BLOG ON HOLD

On assignment.

Gone, no blog posts
for a while.

I'll be back.
(Resuming 6/17.)

Ciao.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pic Today 6/10/17




LADY'S MAN

He must have been one cool dude.

Look who he nabbed.
She's a beauty.

1850s in America.
Portrait photographers
on every block.
Glass plates, flash powder,
props, backdrops,
camera, tripod.

Everyone one wanted
a picture postcard.

(Miss Ella must have 
loved that dress.
Nice birthday gift.)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Pic Today 6/9/17



BIG OL' BASSWOOD

In fact, this white basswood tree
is the "largest known" of
its species,
and merits the title of
National Champion Tree in the U.S. 

Currently living and growing
at Missouri Botanical Garden,
this white basswood stands at 
103-feet tall, and was one
of Henry Shaw's original plantings
before the Civil War in the 1850s.

The name basswood comes from
"bast-wood" which is the useful
inner bark, used to make ropes & mats.
The flowers can be made into tea
and linden oil syrup from the sap.

Big trees are always magnificent.
 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pic Today 6/8/17




POND GRASS
 AND HORSETAILS

There are two water grasses
that do especially well
in or near ponds or still water.

Cattails emerge in early summer,
and are gorgeous all on their own.
But horsetails are ancient grasses
that do well near streams or lakes,
and manufacture natural silica.
(Strange for a plant to make
its own mineral.)

Beautiful grasses, aren't they?
 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pic Today 6/7/17




FINDING BEACH GLASS

Whenever I get to the beach
  (which is NEVER enough), 
  search for beach glass . . . 

tiny pieces of glass
which have been discarded,
  tumbled by sand and surf. 

When I lived in San Francisco,
I had favorite beaches
that were great sources of
colored beach glass
(green, brown, white
  and sometimes blue.) 

Small jars filled with
  colored, frosty glass. 

(One beach I could always count on
was rugged Rodeo Beach,
   Marin Headlands, California.
   Shown above.)  


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pic Today 6/6/17




A BERRY GOOD SEASON

All this rain
and heat.

Wild blackberries
 are plump and red,
   ready to earn their name ...

Nothing better than picking
sweet blackberries,
one at a time.

And it's almost blueberry heaven.

It's a berry good season!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pic Today 6/5/17




SHOOTING IN THE RAIN

Somehow,
lilies are more beautiful
in the rain.

Adding jewels to their
gorgeous petals.

Beauty in the rain.
 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pic Today 6/4/17








FARMERS MARKET
FAVORITES

Saturday morning bounty
at the local Farmers Market.
Organic, fresh picked.

My personal favorites:

o  Micro greens with edible flowers
o  Hand-picked ripe strawberries 
o  Baby zucchinis and squash
o  Sweet colored beets
o  Fresh cauliflower
o  Tart cherries

Freshness you can taste!
 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pic Today 6/3/17



3 GENERATIONS
 
Daughter, mother, grandmother
enjoying ice cream on a 
warm sunny day!
 
Must be a genetic thing.
 
🍦
 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pic Today 6/2/17



POLKA DOT
DRESS

This time of the year
I'm asked to shoot
lots of portraits.
Families, couples, children.

Kids are the best.
Catching them off guard.
And sometimes it's
a polka dot dress!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pic Today 6/1/17



GET THE CORN IN
BY JUNE 1ST 

It's a good rule
for a healthy corn crop.

But with all our Spring rains
and record floods,
it's been a tough call for farmers.

Now we need sunshine
and warm weather. 

Happy June, everyone!