Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Unnecessary Advice

America has a lot of lawyers. (I would know, wouldn't I?) This photo is of a public child stroller at the St. Louis Galleria, a major shopping mall. 

You see warnings on all sorts products in this country, "do not put your hand in wood chipper" kind of stuff. Each one means that someone has tried the dumb stunt, an injury has resulted and that person or the family has sued for a bunch of money. So some lawyer told the manufacturer to put on the warning in an attempt to prevent future claims.

What a great country.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Taken a few days ago during the ice storm but the subject is unrelated. Mrs. C keeps a hummingbird feeder on the front porch. The birds are gone for the season but no reason to bother taking it down. The jar is red glass and I simply lined it up in front of a street lamp.          

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

That's what Mr. Rogers said to us, day after day.  But beauty is varied in its qualities and experience. There are people who would consider this scene bleak, others who might find an intricate, quiet charm. The ice appears to be ready to pull down some of the trees but, fortunately, the utility lines are underground. This is my street, a telephoto look from just below my front steps.       

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Under The Ice

There was a nice coating on the foliage in front of our house Saturday morning. As the day went on the temperature crept just over freezing as a liquid drizzle fell. The ground was relatively warm so the streets were fine. The rest of the day was simply gray, chilly and damp.

There's another wave rolling in early Sunday morning. Temps a couple of degrees below 32/0 (your choice) with freezing rain starting again in the small hours. Probably a quarter of an inch/.6 cm of ice. We'll see.

And thanks to our friend William in Ottawa for the tip about Yaktrax! I have complete trust in a Canadian's advice about how to walk in ice and snow.             

Saturday, January 14, 2017

It's Been Worse

Television weather reporters in the U.S. love to whip the masses into hysteria: disaster is approaching us! Buy out everything in the supermarket now, hunker down deep in the core of your home, don't dare venture outside, and whatever you do, don't stop watching this station for up-to-the-minute developments!  And then, more often than not, it ain't so bad.

And so it was here on Friday. There was freezing drizzle most of the day but the highways and arterial roads were well maintained and quite passable. Some residential streets were icy. I closed our office to be on the safe side. But I went out yesterday morning looking for crampons and the major streets were fine. Unfortunately, Walmart was sold out, Lowe's doesn't carry them and REI didn't open for another hour.

There was some buildup by dark. The top picture is my car. Our garage door is broken so we've been parking in the street. The second shot is the street just beside my house. There was little traffic but what passed by had plenty of traction.           

Friday, January 13, 2017

Best Bet

When all else fails, you can take pictures from your office window. As they say in the investment company ads, your results may vary.

The coxcomb atop the pricey Four Seasons Hotel was lit up like a Renoir palette last night. The bright signboard just right of center shows a happy middle aged couple who apparently have not lost all their money at the adjacent casino, or who did but are chillin' on the free drinks they serve at the gaming tables and slot machines.

Below: across the highway at the football-dome-without-a-team. I can't wait. 

We are expecting an ice storm to roll in about mid-day. Could be a good photo subject but I don't have any crampons for my shoes.                  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday Arch Series

Down by the flood wall, looking north. The geometry-lesson bridge at center-right is just for trains crossing the Mississippi.

The work bomb has passed by. Gotta get back out on the street with a camera, even if it's just my phone.