Friday, January 15, 2021

STILL SOME COLOR

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

WHEN YOU GOT NOTHING YOU GOT NOTHING TO LOSE

At least photographically, to use the words of Bob Dylan (https://youtu.be/UskDupcLM0M). 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

BEER FOR DESSERT

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

GROUNDED

        

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

THE HARD WAY

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

SOME COLOR, AT LEAST

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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amoco                 

Saturday, January 9, 2021

WHITHER AMERICA

There is a show going around with very large high-resolution photographs of Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine Chapel. It's stunning. https://chapelsistine.com/ 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.           

Friday, January 8, 2021

BARE METAL

My mental health is still not in tip top shape and it isn't the time for beautiful or humorous images. Besides, I have next to no new material. This bare metal tree next to the art museum, Roxy Paine's Placebo, feels about right.                

Thursday, January 7, 2021

HARRISON, MICHIGAN, JULY 4, 2016


NO REGULAR POST TODAY

Like almost everyone, I am sickened by yesterday's events. I will never  forgive my senator, Josh Hawley. This  is an old picture of the dome of the United States Capitol. The painting in the center is called The Apotheosis of George Washington, profaned on Wednesday. https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/exhibitions/capitol-story/apotheosis-washington         

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

BIKE RACK AT THE ARCH, MORNING

I can't ride a bicycle these days, at least more than briefly. Too much orthopedic corrosion. If I could, though, I'd park it here.                  

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

DUCKS ON A POND

The central pond or lake at the St. Louis Zoo near sunset, partly frozen over, partly not.The ducks  don't seem to care.               

Monday, January 4, 2021

COULD BE OUR CITY MOTTO

Some countries have official mottoes:  Dieu et Mon Droit; Liberté, égalité, fraternité; E Pluribus Unum. Some cities do, too. I've always been amused by Chicago's, Urbs In Horto, City In A Garden. Right. The beloved late columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, Mike Royko, maintained it should be Ubi Est Mea? or, Where's Mine?

I don't think St. Louis has one but this would do. We went to one last holiday lights drive-through on Saturday, this time at the big Anheuser-Busch brewery. This town has its single malt Scotch fanciers and some who can tell one vintage of Bordeaux from another. However, if we all collectively raise a glass this could be our cry.           

Sunday, January 3, 2021

I DUNNO, IT MAKES ME THINK OF BASEBALL


It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. If so, boredom may be the father. Almost nothing going on here, just winter blahs. So I go out driving aimlessly with my camera, looking for something to catch my eye. Sometimes I get lucky. For the locals, this is at Brentwood and Forsyth in Clayton.            

Saturday, January 2, 2021

I GUARANTEE THAT IN 2021 THIS BLOG WILL BE...

Until, of course, it is safe to travel again, in which case it will be made who knows where. Trips canceled in 2020 are already being rescheduled for this year. 

This sign is at a construction site on the edge of downtown. We were awarded a Major League Soccer franchise and a new, purpose-built stadium is taking shape. Unfortunately, the name of the team is uninspired. US professional sports teams usually have memorable nicknames like the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals or Baltimore Ravens (nice Poe reference there). Our 11 will be called St. Louis City S.C. (for soccer club), similar to some English Premier League teams like Manchester City F.C. (for football club). They could have done better.          

Friday, January 1, 2021

CITY DAILY PHOTO JANUARY THEME DAY - PICTURE OF THE YEAR

This image sums up the year just ended for me. It was taken in front of our largest health care complex, the vast Washington University Medical Center. Emergencies for children, emergencies for adults, a darkening sky. You can only get away for three blocks and then you have to stop. I hope for something much brighter on New Year's Day 2022.