Thursday, June 21, 2018

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LEST WE FORGET

This statue has been the
first vision of liberty
our founding immigrants
saw before disembarking
at Ellis Island over 150 years ago.

A bronze plaque at Liberty's
feet contains these words:


"Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to
breathe free.  The wretched refuse
of your teaming shore.  Send these,
the homeless, tempest-tossed to me."

Once the foundation of our great country.

Let it be once more!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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KEEPING FAMILIES
TOGETHER

The world is a better place,
when children get to be
with their parents.

It's as simple as that!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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THE LIMITS OF BEING
THE WORLD'S BULLY

               TIME Magazine, June 18, 2018

(Not what our forefathers
had in mind.)

Monday, June 18, 2018

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GROWING
ON THE BLUFF

It's amazing what grows
each year on the bluffs
near the spring.

Ferns.  Flowers.  Whatever can find
bits of soil to start growing
on this "big rock."

But this tree . . . what is it thinking?

"Move over, bluff . . . I need room?"

(This should be interesting.)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

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BEAUTIFUL FOOD

Farmers Market
Rule Number One:

"Beautiful food
is always healthy food."

(First crop, local blueberries.
have arrived.)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

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THE COLOR OF SUMMER

Lemon daylilies are now in bloom.

Their bright yellow blossoms
say summer better than most.

A sensational producer that
keeps on blooming
during the hottest months.


Friday, June 15, 2018

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SPRING WATERS
LOOK BLUE

At the source,
spring waters have
a blue tinge as they flow free.

These deep sourced
waters are rich in
calcified minerals
and refreshingly cool.

Most Missosuri springs
average 56-degrees (F).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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COOLIN' DOWN
ON A HOT SUMMER DAY

Escaped to the cabin yesterday.

Ferns on the old rock wall.

Paw Paw patch by the spring.

Did you know spring water
always looks blue,
near the source?

Dogs know exactly how to
stay cool on a hot summer day.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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IT'S BERRY PICKIN' TIME

Home grown blueberries
and wild blackberries.

(Worth the chigger bites
pickin' em.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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POPPY POWER

Oriental poppies are one of
the most brilliant perennials in
the early summer garden.

They appear to be fashioned
of crepe paper, in gorgeous pastels.
And the undersides are often
a show of their own.

Gorgeous!

Monday, June 11, 2018

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FAMILY REUNION

Annabel, Jordan and the dogs
came in from Denver
(for a hot week back home).

The family was whole again,
especially Maggie and Annabel,
with Metta and Eli.


(The tooth fairy grabbed one
of Metta's teeth, in honor
of the occasion.)


Sunday, June 10, 2018

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CALLAS IN THE RAIN

Orange calla lilies,
refreshed from the rain.

Form meets function.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

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SUMMER STROLL
IN FOREST PARK

Strolling by the grand basin
at the foot of Art Hill
in beautiful Forest Park,
St. Louis.

(St. Louis Art Museum
in view.)



Friday, June 8, 2018

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SUMMER'S FAVORITE PERENNIAL

Purple coneflowers
are in bloom.

Birds, butterflies and bees
are so happy.


Echinacea is the botanical name,
and since ancient times
it has been used as an herbal remedy.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

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MORNING LIGHT
AT LAUMEIER

A great way to start the day.

A morning walk through
Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Early shadows,
on dramatic outdoor art,
before the heat of the day.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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SKINKS ON THE SCREEN DOOR

Skinks are welcome guests
down at the cabin.

They usually hang on the screens,
keeping an eye on us humans,
but mostly eat the June bugs and
tasty critters that try to get in.

Thank you, Mr. Skink.

One fascinating survival trick
they can do . . .
detach their long tail,
and grow a new one!



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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WILD WATERCRESS

Nothing better than
collecting fresh watercress
from the many
spring fed streams
of Missouri.

Tangy and so healthy.
Yum.


Monday, June 4, 2018

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IS KING LOUIE FLIRTING?

Louie IX was the only French king
canonized and could be known
as Saint Louis.

He is, after all, the name sake of our
fair city, St. Louis, Missouri.

Yesterday was such a perfect weather day,
cool, sunny with no humidity.

He kept an eye on Art Hill, and
especially one jogger who checked
her phone for messages.

Nice view, he thought,
as he guarded his stately post.



Sunday, June 3, 2018

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DESTINY SHOWING

Ah, the urge to view life
in scenes, framed perfectly.

(Love this old B+W family photo.)

Yours truly,
needing to see
what the camera is seeing.

On a motion picture set.
Don't remember the details.
Wanting to adjust the view,
no doubt.

Before the era of digital, alas.
(Love those huge film reels.)

And to this day,
I still wear Hawaiian print shirts.

(My older brother, Danny, in foreground.)



Saturday, June 2, 2018

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UNDERSTANDING
LILY PADS

"It took me time to
 understand my water lilies.
I had planted them
for the pleasure of it.
I grew them without ever
thinking of painting them."

             Claude Monet (1840-1926)


Friday, June 1, 2018

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LEMON BUDS

My Meyer Lemon tree
is covered with hundreds
of fragrant buds,
now that it's moved outside.

Self pollenating, most flowers
form a sweet Meyer Lemon
to fatten up and ripen
in the sun.

It seems to be very happy.

(Happy June, everyone.)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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PAIR OF POPPIES

Behold the power
of poppies.

Beautiful in pairs,
don't you think?

(Where did May go so fast?)



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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BACKWARDS STRAWBERRIES

Introducing pineberries
from Holland.

The fruit is white, and
the seeds are red.
Just the opposite
from strawberries!

But don't bother,
'cause they're not
sweet and delicious
like strawberries.

(And more expensive, too.)

I'll stick with our sweet, ripe
home-grown strawberries.


If it ain't broke,
don't fix it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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EYE DISTORTING
EXHIBIT AT THE C.A.M.

Love this gallery.

I love how it's always free.


Monday, May 28, 2018

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MY ANNUAL
MEMORIAL DAY
HOT DOG

It's a tradition,
don't you know,
to have a hot dog
each Memorial Day.

This one was very gourmet.
Toasted egg bun.
Parmesan dijon mustard spread.

(Thank you, Straub's Markets.)



Sunday, May 27, 2018

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  IN THE CLOVER

has always meant prosperity
and good fortune.

White clover is the most prolific
pasture legume in tropical climates,
highly palatable and a nutritious
forage for livestock.

In agriculture, it is a top choice
for "living mulch" planted
between rows of vegetables,
fruit bushes and trees.

Recently, the Agriculture Department
has recommended adding clover
for healthy home lawns,
nurturing the soil and resisting disease.

(Finding one with four leaves
is, of course, good luck!)