Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wicked, Wicked City

Wicked is a Broadway show now on its n-th visit to the grandiose Fox Theater in St. Louis. The Fox is reputed to be in a tie with its twin in Detroit as the second largest theater in the US. Radio City Music Hall in NYC is the biggest. Anyway, I hear it's the back story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy and Toto showed up to spoil a good deal. (I am proud that I have a sister-in-law named Dorothy from Kansas, but think of the limited choices of Halloween costume. I am also very proud of the fact that I have a brother-in-law named Melvin on each side of the family. Top that.)

I shot this from a pedestrian bridge over the highway while I was taking yesterday's pictures. The buildings in the background are downtown. The big one on the right is the United States Court House, which obscures the view of the Arch from the highway approaching from the west. Bad idea. The telephone and electric wires are a photographer's bane. These wires are underground downtown and the newer suburbs but up on poles everywhere else. They often blow over in winter ice storms and our summer mega-thunderstorms, cutting off service to hundreds of thousands of people.

I thought about re-shooting this on a sunny afternoon. However, it's been so dreary here for so long I've begun to suspect that I really live in England and should give up hope.

TOMORROW: Winter Park (no, not Colorado)

6 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime bien cette photo de l'arche, on dirait un immense toboggan entre les deux b√Ętiments
I like this photo of the arch, it looks like a huge slide between the two buildings

U "R" Us said...

I personally often like to actively incorporate overhead wires. My post today is evidence of that. They're all over Chicago too, so if you can't beat em join em.

I too have been a little miffed photographically and in general by the persistent dreariness of late up here.

Viola said...

I don't like those wires either when taking pictures.

GMG said...

Wires and courts out, it looks great... ;))
Our Courts never look like this!!

NorthBayPhoto said...

Great shot. Looks a little chilly.

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Ming the Merciless said...

Underground wires are no fun, let me tell ya.

When the wires short circuit and catch on fire, the heat and pressure underground can propel a 100lb cast iron manhole cover 20 feet into the air cause a lot of damage.