Saturday, August 18, 2018

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PAW-PAW PATCH
AT THE SPRING

There's a thick patch
of paw-paw trees
'round the spring
this year.

I'll share pics
of our harvest
next month.

(Such a yummy treat.)

Friday, August 17, 2018

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Farewell Aretha Franklin.

What a voice.
What a career.

You were truly the
"Queen of Soul."

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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WHAT TO WEAR
TO THE ART MUSEUM

I believe
most visitors give a 
great deal of thought
to what they wear
to the Art Museum.

After all,
they become part of the show.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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AUGUST GARDEN HARVEST

Vine-ripened tomatoes,
perfect eggplant
and very fresh basil.

And way-too-many
cherry tomatoes.

(I've got some
cooking to do!)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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WHEN WORDS FAIL

A single note can say it all.

(Mr. Natural, as drawn by
underground comix artist,
R. Crumb.)


Monday, August 13, 2018

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TIME TO START BALING

Missouri pasture lands are 
already starting to bale
hay for the winter.

Remember when hay bales
were smaller and square?


Sunday, August 12, 2018

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THE BEST TASTES
OF SUMMER

Heirloom tomatoes
and
corn on the cob.

Take your pick.

Buy 'em local,
eat 'em fresh.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

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METEOR SHOWER
THIS WEEKEND

Good weekend to watch
meteors in the night sky,
especially the next 3 nights.

It's the Perseids Meteor Shower.
And it's a "new moon" sky,
which means it will be extra dark.

NASA estimates there will be
100 per hour!

Here's hoping it's not going to
be cloudy where you live.

(Above Perseids shower photo:
courtesy NASA.)

Friday, August 10, 2018

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RED BARN DOOR
STILL LIFE

I love finding old barns,
especially weathered
red ones.

In fact, century barns
weren't painted red at all.
They were stained
with iron oxide.
 (Cheaper than paint.)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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A GOOD IDEA
PAVED OVER

St. Louis still has its
original paved streets
in historic neighborhoods.

100-years-old and more
these streets still hold up
better than most, year round.
No ruts, no mud, no dust.

They wear like, well,
"cobble stones."

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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WHAT THE ???

Now that Maggie has moved in
with me again . . .

I am finding strange new things
in the bathroom, and
especially in the fridge!

Including this bottle of
Coconut Aminos
 seasoning sauce.

(I didn't even know
 coconuts had aminos.)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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SURPRISE

Tall stems.
Beautiful pink blooms.
But where are the leaves?

All over town,
these tall beauties
have sprouted up.

"Surprise Lilies"
are well named,
as they all pop up
at the same time in
our hot August weather.

They are actually 
Lycoris Squamigera
in the amaryllis family.

So pretty.



Monday, August 6, 2018

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BUSY BEES

Love these summer
coneflowers (echinacea).

Not as much as our
busy honeybees!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

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ECKERT'S PEACHES
ARE HERE

Eckert's Orchards
are world famous for
hand-picked perfect peaches!

They're here now.
And they're perfect.

Look for them at local markets.
And next Saturday,
at Kirkwood Farmers Market.

(You can taste the difference.)

Saturday, August 4, 2018

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MY FAVORITE FLOWER

The sacred lotus,
rising from the muddy bottoms.

In summer,
always my favorite flower
to photograph.

From early buds
on angled stems,
to final seed pods.
Every moment of their
short lives
gives such pleasure
to compose and expose.

Especially in afternoon light,
as shadows make it fun
to see their form.

Friday, August 3, 2018

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TIE DYE FRIDAY

Eli and Metta
show off their new
tie dye creations.

Eli is so proud of his
new t-shirt design.

Great art, kids.
And thanks for the
guidance and patience,
Maggie the mom.



Thursday, August 2, 2018

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VASCULAR BEAUTY

Want to understand the vascular
system of leaves?

Get under a large leaf,
on a sunny day,

And behold!

(Such great design.)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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RAIN,  LOVELY RAIN

Gorgeous, cooling rain
to end the hot month of July.

Ready for my birthday month,
starting today.

Greetings fellow Leo's.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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CRYSTAL BALL
GAZING

My close friend, Teresa,
looking for answers
and the future

In her personal crystal ball.

I hope the future
is bright!

Monday, July 30, 2018

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REMEMBERING 9/11

Little did I know . . .

when I took my 2 daughters
to the Big Apple,
to Ellis Island,
where our ancestors arrived,
years ago.

It would be a memorable scene,
when the World Trade Centers
were still standing.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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SUMMER WILDFLOWERS

Did you ever notice
how wildflowers know best
where to grow, and where not.

They know exactly how to grow.
And who thrives where.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

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NOT TILL I STARTED PICKING
MY CHERRY TOMATOES

Did I realize I may have planted
too many cherry tomato plants.

No matter.

They make great summer garden gifts.

And here's a great cherry tomato salad recipe:

Halve 2 cups of ripe cherry tomatoes.
Add 1/4 cup olive oil
And 2-3 tbsp cider vinegar
3 sprigs fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar

Toss and refrigerate 2 hours.

(You won't believe how refreshing
this summer salad is.)

Friday, July 27, 2018

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PERFECT SUMMER LUNCH

Vine ripe tomatoes
and tangy sweet basil.

Can there be a better
summer combination?

(Have you ever noticed
beautiful foods are
always healthy?)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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MYSTERY FOOTPRINT

Claw print,
on the sandy shore line.
Leaving the cold waters
of the upper Meramec.

Not sure whose it is.

Could be mink, beaver,
river otter, raccoon,
black bear (they've been
sighted here).  

Any ID help would be
appreciated.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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MONSTER HYDRANGEAS

It's hard to find a larger,
more robust flower bloom
than the hardy hydrangea
sprouting in the neighborhood.

These bushes love our
hot summer days,
and are big enough to
hide your car.

Fat buds can reach up to
a pound or more.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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THROUGH CHILDREN'S EYES

Ask junior art students
at summer class COCA St. Louis
(Center of Creative Arts)
    how they see their friends . . .

Art cuts through our differences.
Don't you agree?

Monday, July 23, 2018

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BERRIES FOR SALE

Driving on the backroads.
Rural homes, mostly farmland.
Overcast, lazy summer day.

Blackberry sign in a front yard.
Almost "folk art."
(Of course I stopped.)

You can't get berries this good
in town, at the store.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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ROMANCE IN THE GARDEN

Harvested from the garden,
these two parsnips seemed
attracted to one another.
Longing to mate.

   Makes you wonder
what happens in the garden,
after hours.

Mmmmmm.

😏

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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WHAT'S HE THINKING?

Does he think we're all
STUPID?
or just naive.

(And where does he find those
long red neck ties?)


Credit:  DaveGranlund.com

Friday, July 20, 2018

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PLUM PERFECT

Now that local plums
are available,
here's an easy recipe idea
for fresh plum cake.

Prepare batter for your
favorite vanilla cake mix.
Spread evenly in the bottom
of a greased spring cake pan.

Slice 2 or 3 ripe plums,
and place on top of the batter.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Place in 350˚ oven,
and bake for 60 minutes.

Let cool, and serve while
still warm.  With a scoop of
vanilla ice cream.

So yummy.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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ORCHID PERFECTION

Come see my
Father's Day gift.

What a beauty.

(Thanks, Annabelle.
I love it.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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BREAKFAST
AT BAR LOUIE

Two eggs over easy,
bacon and Tater Tots.

Bill Triola
performing weekend mornings.

Fresh brewed Kaldi's coffee
next door.

Sitting at the bar.
Hot breakfast with live music.

What a treat.

(And no, I wasn't drinking!)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TERESA

Happy Birthday, Teresa.

You are so special.
We love surprising your
"very early" coffee celebration
with everyone who loves you.

Monday, July 16, 2018

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FILIPINO
GOURMET DINNER

Yana Gilbuena,
Filipino chef and author
stopped by St. Louis
for a Rogue Underground
communal pop-up dinner
this past weekend
for an authentic "kamayan"
communal dining experience.

Served on a table of banana leaves,
with no plates or utensils,
Chef Yana prepared
authentic butterflied trout
on fresh banana leaves,
baked with ginger, garlic,
scallion and lime leaf,
lightly bathed with calamansi
and soy sauce.

(See saloseries.com to learn
more about this amazing
traveling chef.)