Monday, February 18, 2019

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ROGUE #73

26 lucky diners
got to enjoy last night's
73rd Rogue Underground
Dining gathering.

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impeccable preparation.
A labor of love.

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who tried to attend,
but didn't make the cut.

73 consecutive Rogue dining events
since its inception 10 years ago.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

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ICE PATTERNS
ALONG THE RIVER

Along the shore,
shallow river waters
show the patterns
of our changing weather.

Warm days,
followed by freezing temps,
confuse the ice

form beautiful shapes
confused by this
fickle weather.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

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SNOW TRACKS

65˚ yesterday,
20˚ today.

Fresh snow.

Thinkin' this was
a "dad pushing a stroller."



Friday, February 15, 2019

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CABIN STILL LIFE

On the fish porch.

Mostly heart rocks,
with box turtle shell.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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FINDING FUNGUS

Hiking in the woods.

Warm spell, no ice today.

Finding nature expressing itself,
in lichen and fungus.

It's a whole 'nother world.
Love it.



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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WINTER LICHEN

Cold rainy days 
are the best times
to discover winter lichen.

On Missouri oaks,
especially on wet bark,
in winter woods.

A beautiful medicinal
slow-growing organism,
part fungus, part alga.

What we don't know.
So beautiful.

Monday, February 11, 2019

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SURVIVING
THE ICE STORM

Sunday ice storm
covered our city 
in ice!

Every street.
Every side walk.
Every stairway.

Wait.  How can I get
to my Sunday morning
coffee shop?

Thank God
for golf shoes!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

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HARD HIKING

Down where the Missouri River
meets the Mississippi
is the Ted Jones Missouri State Park
where you can hike down
to the confluence of the 2 rivers.

Not far from where Lewis and Clark
set out on their Corps of Discovery river route
to the Northwest Passage.

Cottonwoods and tough river vines
are so thick, it's hard to make your way
to see where the river waters mix.

Tough going.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

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ROUTE 66
MOTEL SIGNS

Original 66 Auto Court sign,
now at the entrance to the old
Chain of Rocks bridge.

This bridge once crossed 
the Mississippi River, just
north of St. Louis.
Now closed to autos, but open 
to bicycles and hikers.

Once open to the thousands of
automobiles who made the
cross-country trip out west
on Route 66.

The 66 Auto Court featured
FREE RADIO AND TV.

What an era!

Friday, February 8, 2019

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THE GLORY OF ORCHIDS

The perfect retreat from our
sudden return to freezing weather.
The orchid show is now on display
at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Over 500 orchids from the
garden's living collection of
nature's most beautiful blooms
are on view in the garden's
comfortable display hall,
now through March 24.

Extraordinary beauty!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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LEG OF THE ARCH

The Gateway Arch
in St. Louis

Our riverfront is graced
by this nation's tallest monument,
630 feet tall, stainless steel beauty.

Over-photographed grandeur
to be sure.

But I love shooting her arched leg,
up close, reflecting the sunlight.

Wow.



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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COBBLESTONE CRAFTSMANSHIP

Original cobblestone street,
St. Charles, Missouri.

Settled in 1769,
some of its original cobblestone
streets are still in use.

Beautiful craftsmanship.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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YOU FEELIN' OLD?

OK, here's the test.

To see if you're a Geezer.

Take this test . . .


Sunday, February 3, 2019

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FAREWELL
POLAR VORTEX

A rainbow marks the occasion,
when below zero weather retreats
and warm weather treats us
to shirt sleeve temps.

Feels so good.


Friday, February 1, 2019

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FAREWELL
POLAR VORTEX

Our rivers thaw
 and flow again.

Our deep freeze temps
retreat for now.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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FROZEN BLUFFS

Even with our polar cold spell,
the Meramec River keeps flowing.

But the bluffs are frozen solid.




Monday, January 28, 2019

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ST. LOUIS
WINE AND FOOD
SHOW

Pouring and tasting
the best wines and foods
at the annual trade show
for restaurants and retailers
at St. Louis Union Station
this past weekend.

Thank you Pinnacle  Imports.
My favorite new wine --
Le Pich 2015,
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Yum.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

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WINTER SCAPE

Frozen nights,
warmer days.

Skies adjusting 
to this confusing weather.

Still so beautiful.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

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NO SWEETHEARTS
THIS VALENTINES DAY

You know those little heart candies
with messages printed on them,
like BE MINE and I LOVE YOU?

Well there won't be any for sale
this coming Valentines Day.

The company that has made them
for years and years -- Necco --
went out-of-business late last year,
and no one has taken over.

Oh dear!


Thursday, January 24, 2019

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NOT IN FOCUS

Today's cartoon
is from the pen of
renowned goulish cartoonist,
Gahan Wilson.

Dedicated to all my photographer friends.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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WINTER CYPRESS SKY

Bald cypress show their beauty
even against the winter sky.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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COLD
BUT BEAUTIFUL

So hard to get used
to the cold days of winter.

But get close.
Look for the beauty.


Monday, January 21, 2019

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WARM THOUGHTS
ON A COLD DAY

Good will to all men
on this very cold holiday.

Remembering Martin Luther King.




Sunday, January 20, 2019

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BRRRRR

The snow passed us by.

While the weather
 turned bitter cold.

Ow.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

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WAITING FOR THE
NEXT SNOW

which is due to start falling
Saturday morning.

Here we go again.



Friday, January 18, 2019

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VISIBILITY ZERO

Our recent melting snows
and warmer weather
created heavy fog

And very dangerous driving.

Soooo . . .

Nice and easy does it!


Thursday, January 17, 2019

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BYE BYE SNOW

Warmer weather
helps melt the snow and ice.
For now.

Weekend forecast
calls for frigid temps
and freezing drizzle 
by week's end.

Brrrrrr.