Friday, February 23, 2024

CASCADE

Some orchids take pride in showing off individual blossoms. Others make their visual effect as a group. This reminds me of cherry blossoms. I've had the privilege of visiting Kyoto in the early spring. Wish I were going back, but this will do.             

Thursday, February 22, 2024

GENETIC DIVERSITY

It's likely that some botanist and her/his geneticist pals have explained the stunning diversity of the shapes and colors of orchids, built around a central theme. That's way out of my department but I still enjoy the variety of images.

Speaking of which, I know we could use some variety of subject matter around here. There is a fun event at the art museum Friday night that I hope to shoot.              

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

ORCHIDS OR SHRIMP?


Perhaps the most unusual specimen in the botanical garden's orchid show. Really hard to photograph with the many layers of leaves, flowers and shoots. No cocktail sauce provided.                         

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

BACK TO THE ORCHID SHOW

Sociable but subdued, a group of orchids huddle together facing the light and turning their backs on the darkness. From the Missouri Botanical Garden annual orchid show.                  

Monday, February 19, 2024

SO WHAT'S THE POINT HERE?

Fahrenheit 451 is supposed to be the ignition temperature of paper. It is also the name of a 1953 dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury, in which all books are banned and "firemen" incinerate any that are found. It struck me as a strange theme for a boozy, silly festival. Maybe it had something to do with the troubling tendency in this country to remove books from libraries and schools that some people find objectionable. Okay, but at Mardi Gras?                

Sunday, February 18, 2024

AN INCLUSIVE PARTY

This might be the most clever and, on a few levels, the funniest "float" in the Mardi Gras parade. He may have been associated with a group but I found him by himself and couldn't tell. The essence of independence and mobility.                      

Saturday, February 17, 2024

WOULD YOU HAVE GUESSED ST. LOUIS?

Probably not what would leap to mind, even in Maurice Sendak's imagination (if he could imagine STL at all). But at this time of year the lid is allowed to come off the id, license has nothing to do with your permis de conduire and, as they say in New Orleans, laissez les bon temps rouler. I'm told that last phrase, known by most people in the U.S., is nearly meaningless in France.