Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Pleasure Of A Gift Is In The Giving

At the People's Joy Parade.

Don't forget, the June 1 CDP theme is shadow and highlight. Since I suggested it I have to publicize it. Already working on mine.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Madeleine Monday: La Diva

Madeleine Queen of the Night

We still wonder what it is we have on our hands. Not only does she want to see a video of the Queen of the Night's aria from The Magic Flute over and over, but now she wants to perform along with it. Her attempts to hit those staccato high notes are funny. And at the end, sure, she deserves to give herself a hand.

I had her out in my car for a while yesterday. From back in her car seat she calls out "opa!", meaning she wants the opera channel on satellite radio. The Metropolitan Opera was just beginning to play Götterdämmerung. She was cool with it. I'm sure she will pick up pop music when she gets to school ('cause she ain't gonna get it here).                

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Dancing to their own internal music. California and Cherokee Streets.

Yesterday was opening night of our opera season so out late. I may have a Madeleine Monday about opera tomorrow. It needs some thought.

Late Saturday night note: Opera Theatre of St. Louis' opening production was the old chestnut La Boheme. Everybody who likes this stuff has heard it so many times before. This production was a triumph, one of the best we've heard in our 37 years as subscribers. Fresh young singers, perfect for the roles of impoverished wanna-be artists of 19th Century Paris. Lots of people, including us, had dinner on the lawn outside the theater (American spelling in this instance) before the show on a perfect spring evening. Oh, and then there was the traditional opening night champagne reception after the performance. Last night was an example of why it's good to be a St. Louisan.         

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Dress code: you have to be blond, dress in red or black, wear big dark sunglasses and have a drink in your hand. As often noted, St. Louis loves an excuse to imbibe in the street.        

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pretty In Pink

Faces on Cherokee Street during the Cinco de Mayo Festival. Too little time to write comments on my friends work - we're back in the new dimensions in overwork trap.

It occurs to me that since the next CDP theme day was my suggestion, I better go shoot something with contrast in it. We're going to Kansas over Memorial Day weekend. Maybe I can compose something that compares its state government and sanity.              

Thursday, May 19, 2016


There are a lot more pix from the Cinco de Mayo festival but this one, taken at the end of my shooting day, is one of my favorites. I was tired and hungry, and wanted to get some lunch to bring to my daughter's house, less than a block away from the festival. There was a neighborhood pizzeria on the corner. While I was waiting for my order this lady stopped in. Didn't buy anything, just wanted to say hi to the owners, and was interested in posing in front of a serious lens. Looks like she had some experience at this.

Like the Mondrian wallpaper in this place.