Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pic Today 3/25/17



CAN'T SEE THIS HOUSE?

That's the point!

This property owner knew exactly
what he was doing when
this "house on stilts" 
was nestled on this wooded hill.

Natural tree bark shingles and deck,
with woods left standing.
(No lawn!) 

And when the trees fill in,
it's invisible.

(Nicely done.  Bravo!) 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pic Today 3/24/17




IT'S TIME

Whether it's seeds
  or seedling plants,

cool weather veggies
or flowers,

get your garden beds ready
to plant!
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pic Today 3/23/17






THE PERFECTION
 OF SPRINGTIME 

All the waiting,
frozen cold snaps,
and anticipation
of sweet Spring flowers.

We're reminded now
   of the best part of Spring -- 

Absolute perfection.

(I humbly present the
above specimens
as proof.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pic Today 3/22/17




TURNING A TREE
INTO A DESK TOP

Michael Brown is a resourceful,
talented woodworker.

He's also woodshop/engineering
  teacher  and department chair
at Kirkwood High School.

He turned a gift of a felled pecan tree
into a vision of a new desk top for his office.

Sawing, planing and aging
this beautiful wood,
gluing, sanding and polishing
a single custom fit desk.

Showing off the beauty of
natural wood.

Well done, Mr. Brown.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pic Today 3/21/17





CELEBRATING SPRING
 DOWN AT THE SPRING 

What better way
to celebrate the 1st day of Spring
than to visit a spring,

Richart Spring
flowing into the upper Meramec.

Unseasonably warm for March,
thunderstorms, followed by
sunny summer temperatures
in the 80s.

This should get things 
growing and greening up.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pic Today 3/20/17





HAPPY FIRST DAY
OF SPRING

Whether you're planting
a flower garden,
 enjoying magnolias 
who survived our cold snap,
or finding wild daffodils
on a walk through the park

Enjoy this Vernal Equinox today.
If you're in the Northern Hemisphere,
days will now start getting warmer.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pic Today 3/19/17



FANCY "CUPPA JOE"

I need my morning coffee
to start the day.

Daily habit @ Kaldi's Coffee,
across the street.

And some mornings (like today),
when I need something special,
like a lovely latte (see above),

I ask the ever-smiling sweet Zoey,
(my personal barista)
to make it special.

I taste the love.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pic Today 3/18/17



ALMOST SPRING
AT THE SPRING

Just days away 
from the first day of Spring.

Mild weather has returned
(thank God)
and the snow has gone.

Quick visit to the river cabin,
to see if the pipes froze.
(They did.)

The warm sun felt so good
shining through the woods.
And the spring is running
fast and clear,
feeding the Meramec River.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Pic Today 3/17/17





OH OH
IT MUST BE ST. PATRICK'S DAY 

Cause everyone is wearing green,
and acting silly,
and drinking Guinness.

So whether you're Irish or not,
Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pic Today 3/16/17



FROZEN IN TIME

Found this beauty
in a small Illinois farm town.

Such great Victorian design,
and holding up through the ages. 

I was surprised to discover
it is still lived in.

Just gorgeous.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pic Today 3/15/17



 FROZEN DESOLATION

Driving through southern Illinois farmland,
  I experienced "sensory deprivation" . . .

no traffic, no signs, no buildings,
no anything!

Just white snow, freezing temperatures,
and straight empty highways.

(And telephone poles.)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pic Today 3/14/17



JUST ENOUGH SNOW

... to make the world beautiful,
  especially the woods. 

The strangest up-and-down
weather this year.

(Last week, it was 80˚F.)
 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Pic Today 3/12/17




MAGNOLIA DEMISE

Most times, a sudden snow
makes the world beautiful.

But yesterday's snow and cold
took the pink out of our 
beautiful magnolia trees. 

Lesson:
  Enjoy the moment!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pic Today 3/11/17



MAGNIFICENT
MAGNOLIAS 

Our mild winter weather
helped flowering trees
bud early,
giving us so much
early March beauty.

Especially the pink magnolias.

(Just in time for a freezing
cold snap, which will be
bad news for this year's
peach crop.) 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pic Today 3/10/17



WHERE I "SAW ZZZs"

I don't always make my bed,
but I definitely sleep there.

(Afternoon sun
beckoning me for a nap.)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pic Today 3/9/17



CITY UNDER THE ARCH

St. Louis skyline
blazing in the Spring sunshine
beneath the Gateway Arch.

630-feet tall,
630-feet wide
(a perfect catenary arch)
100% stainless steel.

She's a beauty.
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pic Today 3/8/17






LOCKS, KNOCKERS & DOORS

Some of my favorites,
  in Bogotá, Colombia. 

(Circa 1800s, still functioning.)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pic Today 3/7/17








 AMAZING ROCKS
ON A MERAMEC GRAVEL BAR

Missouri is the "cave state."
Lots of rivers, streams and springs.

With a 1930s cabin on the Meramec River,
you appreciate living on a gravel bar.

Lots of strange and beautiful rocks!

The geology and formations
are extraordinary.
 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Pic Today 3/6/17










WEEKEND GETAWAY
AT THE CABIN

Peaceful early Spring
weather on the Meramec.

Cool enough 
to have a fire
in the fireplace.

Heaven!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Pic Today 3/5/17



GOOD MORNING GINNETTE

There's something captivating
about old dolls.

 (She's a cutie.) 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pic Today 3/4/17



LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING

Thank you, daffodils.

Such amazing yellows,
this early Spring. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pic Today 3/3/17




SPRING BEAUTIES

Wild bulbs are
sprouting the
colors of Spring.

What a show!