Thursday, August 31, 2017

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NO MOWING
THIS FRONT YARD

Long stem white hostas
instead of grass.

What a fragrant gorgeous idea!

 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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TROUT FINDING THE SUN

A group of rainbow trout
were attracted to rays of the sun
following a rainy, foggy morning.

Shot at Maramec Spring,
Missouri's 5th largest spring
(Maramec Spring Fish Hatchery.)
 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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THIS OWL
TURNS HEADS

We are blessed to have the
 Great Horned Owl 
here in Missouri.

Magnificent hunter,
silent flyer, and
those beautiful eyes!

He can't move his eyes,
but his head can turn
270˚ around.

 


Monday, August 28, 2017

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PICKIN' UP PAW-PAWS

All the paw-paw trees
 are loaded with fruit now. 

Lucky to have a forest of paw-paws,
down near the river cabin.

So, as the children's song goes
"pickin' up paw paws,
put 'em in my pocket,
Way down yonder in the
paw-paw patch."

So yummy!
 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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PERFECT FLOAT-TRIP WEEKEND

Last weekend in August.
Perfect weather.

Going with the flow,
floating their cares away.

 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

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GONE FISHIN'

Headed down to the cabin.

Perfect weather forecast,
  hoping the fish are biting. 

God bless the people
in the path of Hurricane Harvey.

 

Friday, August 25, 2017

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WATERMELON DAYS

Perfect float-trip food.

Float a fresh watermelon
next to your raft
in the cool cool waters
of a spring-fed stream.

Summer perfect! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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CRAZY BUMPER STICKERS

... say a lot about the person driving!

(He had a Dump Trump sticker on the back.)
☺️

 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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RURAL ROUTE

I'm sure the mail carrier
appreciates the reach
of this ingenious 
 Missouri mailbox.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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AND THE SKY TURNED DARK

Words are difficult
to describe yesterday's
total solar eclipse.

By noon, it was blistery hot.
An hour later, the sunlight dimmed,
and the air turned chilly.

It was impossible to photograph,
impossible to describe.

The perfect corona
circling a black moon.

Viewing the universe.
Spellbinding beauty.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

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SOMETHING'S COMING

And the heavens know it.

The sun is about to be robbed,
and the moon is the 
probable suspect. 

The skies and clouds
 are being weird. 
So beautiful.

(2 days and counting.)

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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RABBIT IN THE SKY

And there he was,
the weekend before
 our total solar eclipse.

A rabbit in the sky!

It is said that the Buddha,
disguised as a rabbit, 
threw himself in a fire
as sacrifice to the god Indra.
His reward was to live as a moon.

Coincidence?
Certainly not.

The rabbit is the totem
for the coming celestial event,
where the moon blocks all of the sun.
 


Friday, August 18, 2017

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BARN AT REST

Weathered old Missouri barn.
Surviving years of service,
storms and storage.

Aging gracefully,
and still in use.

So beautiful.
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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SWIMMING HOLE

Most country folks
with a spring fed pond,
build a deck
out to the deep part.

Made for running out,
jumping in.

Cools you right down.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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FIRE DRILL
AT
KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

Teachers learn how to
use emergency equipment
to get wheelchair students
  down steps quickly, safely. 

Safe evacuation drills
are taken seriously.

Monday, August 14, 2017

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PADDLEBOARDING
THE MERAMEC

Missouri streams are famous
for "float trips" . . .
canoes, kayaks, rafts
and now,
"standup paddleboards!"

My first sighting.
(Doesn't look very relaxing.)
 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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ANA MARIA
IN THE RAIN

(Tarde Lluviosa)

La Candaleria
Bogotá, Colombia

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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BUDDHIST RETREAT
WORTH THE SEARCH

In the middle of Missouri wine country,
there's a Buddhist retreat
open to the public,
but hidden from view.

In the rolling hills
near Augusta,
you will be welcomed
to hike the paths of this
beautiful retreat.

And leave in a peaceful state.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

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SUMMER BREEZE

Makes me feel fine.
Blowing through the jasmine
In my mind.


                     (Seals & Croft 1972)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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BARN AT REST

An old farm shed
resting on summer pastures
in rural Missouri.

Not sure it will make it
to next year.

(I love how they
leave it standing.)
 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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COUNTDOWN TO
LOUFEST

One month away.

2 days, 3 stages,
way too many bands,
in beautiful Forest Park.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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ELI GETS METTA

Good shooting, bud.
Not with bullets,
but with chilly Meramec
river water.
  
Summer fun
before school starts again. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

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GARDEN COMPOSITION

Rainy day visit
to the Botanical Garden.

Where a dead palm leaf
was protecting this young
Schefflera sprout.

Beautiful.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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PRIME TIME
AT THE
FARMER'S MARKET

Peak-of-freshness vegetables,
heirloom varieties.
picked fresh, grown locally.

Everything's in season.

Sooo good.
 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT

Monday, August 21

Take the day off.
Where will you be? 

They say this one's 
going to be spectacular.

If you're lucky enough 
to be in the path.
You're in for a treat.

See above map for the U.S.
You'll notice Cuba, Missouri,
is one of the featured cities.

I'll be on the gravel bar, in the middle
of the Meramec River.

(Photo is typical corona display
when the moon gets exactly between
the Sun and the Earth.)

Time stops.  You can see stars
in the sky!   Animals hide.
Birds are silent.

Be there!
 

Friday, August 4, 2017

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GREAT DAY TO WEAR
'SUMMER YELLOWS' 

Weather man says 
"perfect weather for
coming weekend."

So wear yellow, and smile!
 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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TOMATOES 
HAVE FEELINGS 

Here's proof.

This one's happy.
She's definitely smiling.

(There's a chance
I've been spending too much time
at the farmers market.)

😏
 
  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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CACTUS SUN

Looking down
on a barrel cactus
always reminds me
of sunshine!

Summer sun
is exactly what cacti
need and love.

(Looking forward to 
the total solar eclipse,
August 21.)
 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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THE SYMMETRY OF NATURE

It's worth getting close to
growing things, really close.

Plants and leaves
have such wonderful design
and structure.

So beautiful.