Friday, January 15, 2021


This is a few steps away from where I took yesterday's picture, just off the path where the cyclist was riding. It's rare bit of color in January. Not sure what the plant is - the leaf looks maple-ish but the size is more like a shrub than a tree.  Any arborists out there?        

Thursday, January 14, 2021


At least photographically, to use the words of Bob Dylan ( Over the last couple of days I went out walking in Forest Park and our large botanical garden looking for something to shoot. There were a few morsels. This is on the path around the Grand Basin in the park. Do you really need a mask on a bicycle with no one else around?            

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


The window of a downtown restaurant. Some jurisdictions (we are politically fragmented) have allowed them to remain open with much-reduced seating. Mrs. C and I wouldn't cross the threshold of any and it's too cold for outdoor dining, no matter how many gas heaters are around. We do take away, Thai last night.

I'm tempted by this combination, though. Schlafly is one of our excellent small breweries. Anyone up for a pilsner float?        

Tuesday, January 12, 2021



It's a strange sight. In a somewhat seedy commercial area on Chouteau Avenue is a car and truck repair facility that sits in the middle of a whole block, surrounded by a big yard. It is filled with junked sections of military aircraft including jets, prop planes and helicopters. The place never seems to change. I have no idea what it is about, other than perhaps the owner's fancy. For that matter, I never see any signs of business activity. One of our little mysteries.        

Monday, January 11, 2021


This stuff rarely passes my lips but if what they sell is better than what's made the easy way, I don't think I'd even pull into the parking lot. A neighbor used to own this place but I think he decided he had a higher calling in life. Big Bend and Shrewsbury for the locals.                  

Sunday, January 10, 2021


I've been complaining (and boring you) for some time about how dull things are around here, how little there is to shoot. Leaden skies, temperature hovering around freezing but no snow. Blah. So I go out cruIsing.  

This sign is a local landmark. Versions of it (neon in the past) had been around before I showed up here for college in 1967. All St. Louisans know it. It is on a hilltop and coming down Clayton Road or I 64 you can see it from far away. The Amoco brand has almost disappeared. It has a complicated history, now being pretty much merged into BP (which most Americans don't know means British Petroleum).  See                 

Saturday, January 9, 2021


There is a show going around with very large high-resolution photographs of Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine Chapel. It's stunning. The exhibit closes here soon and Mrs. C and I went to see it last weekend. This is from a complex panel about judgment day. It just seemed about right for the time.