Tuesday, August 16, 2022

THE FRINGE IS BACK

 

After a couple of years of all or mostly virtual performances, the St. Louis Fringe Festival is back this week, all live, with 30-something shows.  There was a by-invitation warm-up last night with Fringe favorite Dawn Larsen. She is from the Missouri Ozarks, spent many years in the Nashville music scene and has a Ph.D. in theater and performance studies. Her songs got us ready for days of performances. The main events run Wednesday through Sunday. Locals, you owe it to yourself to check this out.         

Monday, August 15, 2022

MADELEINE MONDAY

So I took the kid to the zoo the other day to get her face out of screens. We have one of the best in the country. There is a walk-through area with life-size replicas of dinosaurs. The newer ones spit water at children passing by. There is one of those stick your face through a hole and take a picture boards. She's had her face painted with a Frozen motif and posed with her precious Lambie, given to her at birth by one of our colleagues and never far from her side.                    

Sunday, August 14, 2022

NOTHING GOING ON

Again, looking down from the Three Sixty rooftop bar and restaurant. Downtown St. Louis hasn't worn particularly well since I first went to work there in 1974. The pandemic hit it hard. Office and storefront occupancy remain depressed. On a weekday evening when there is no sporting event or activity at the convention center this full-block garage looked nearly empty.           

Saturday, August 13, 2022

ST. LUNATICS

Customers at the outdoor bar, Three Sixty, downtown St. Louis.        

Friday, August 12, 2022

THE GEOMETRY OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

The other edge of the same building in yesterday's post, again taken from Three Sixty. The moon rose as the sun set.       

Thursday, August 11, 2022

THURSDAY ARCH SERIES

It's hard to come up with new images of the Arch after all these years but I had an opportunity yesterday evening. We have a nephew from Kansas in town on a job assignment. We took him to a restaurant and bar known as Three Sixty on the top of a downtown hotel. It's indoor/outdoor and there are views in every direction. It was an exceptional August evening here, not hot, not humid, and perfect for outdoor dining. A day-short-of-full moon rose in the east as the sun was setting. We will probably come back to that.    

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

WHEN YOU GOT NOTHING, YOU'VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE

So said Bob Dylan in the primordial times when I was young. I got no new material and have to wing it with what's on hand. Some days it's surprising how little spare time a retired person can have. This tiny, tiny bug spent the day on our front door. It couldn't be more than 2 or 3 mm long. The sharpness and depth of field was terribly difficult to catch shooting handheld, even with a macro lens. So, not the best image but a striking little creature. Diligent research by Mrs. C revealed that this is an ailanthus webworm moth, atteva aurea. The orange, black and white areas are folded wings.         

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

STL DPB ON THE ROAD - SIGN OFF FROM KANSAS

Marysville, Kansas, is a town of about 3,300 located where the pink heart is in the outline of the state. Mrs. C went to high school there, riding a bus from her family farm about 16 miles / 26 km away. It seems to be doing pretty well. I saw new businesses on this visit and fewer signs of decay than several years ago. The sunflower, of course, is the Kansas state flower. This mural is at the place where the weekly farmers market is held.        

Monday, August 8, 2022

MADELEINE MONDAY

It's been quite a weekend. Mrs. C grew up on a farm in rural northeast Kansas. Her family, the Kruses (very German) had a periodic reunion Saturday afternoon in the town of Hanover, population 690. They are lovely people. I get to be the photographer and take all the group pictures.

So it's getting to be time to leave and Ellie notices that the right front tire on our rental car is flat. I call the auto club and their nearest service person is 75 miles away. A couple of my brothers in law, whose hands work a lot better than mine, got the temporary use spare tire on. Then it's 16 miles careful drive to the bigger town where we were staying. It's now Saturday night and not a prayer of getting it fixed there.

There was a Walmart with an auto service center 60 miles away that was open on Sunday. We drove there gingerly, fortunately on arrow-straight prairie highway, anxious about the temporary tire. Walmart got it done, cheap, too. (Walmart - always the low low price.) So then another hour and a half to Kansas City and Mrs. C's sister and brother in law's home. There is a pond with koi and Ellie just loves to feed them.

By the way, the reunion had a German quiz. This Irishman tied for first. Home this afternoon.

         

Sunday, August 7, 2022

STL DPB ON THE ROAD - POLITICAL OPINION IN MARSHALL COUNTY

Placed directly opposite the exit from the Walmart where you can't possibly miss it. Keep in mind, however, that Kansas just resoundingly defeated a ballot initiative to remove a provision in the state constitution protecting a woman's right to make choices about her own body. But I wouldn't blame the sign-maker for anything. We could have done  so much worse.             

Saturday, August 6, 2022

STL DPB ON THE ROAD - PETER PAN ON THE PRAIRIE

PETER PAN:

Listen to your father. Repeat after me:
I won't grow up,
----I won't grow up
I don't want to go to school.
----I don't want to go to school
Just to learn to be a parrot,
----Just to learn to be a parrot
And recite a silly rule.
----And recite a silly rule
If growing up means
It would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree,
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Not me!
Not I,
Not me!
Not me!
 
 
 Seen in the parking lot of our motel in Marysville, Kansas. 

Friday, August 5, 2022

UP IN THE AIR, JUNIOR BIRD GIRL

We are back in Kansas City, which means that Ellie insisted on another visit to iFLY, which bills itself as indoor skydiving. https://www.iflyworld.com/ .  That's reasonably accurate. She has had enough experience now that she can go up about 30 feet / 10 meters with instructor. She is absolutely fearless. More! There are plans for one of these in St. Louis.       

Thursday, August 4, 2022

AT THE LIBRARY - EVEN THE STAIRWAYS ARE ELEGANT

Still at the central branch of the St. Louis Public Library. Two main stairways face each other across the center entrance hall. They are less ornate than some of the rooms but give me the sense that you are ascending into something important. I wish I had better pictures of the stained glass windows on the landings. This one is a allegory of the arts of poetry and music.

Off to Kansas City again this afternoon. We hope we dodge the storms that are again rolling through the area. Tomorrow further into the Kansas prairie for a gathering of Mrs. C's family.            

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

SOME READING, SOME SHOOTING

The opposite side of the large reading room at Central Library Branch, behind where I was standing for yesterday's post. There are people reading or on their laptops at the tables. The woman in the entry, the man in the pink shirt and the one in the yellow shirt on the floor are participants in the photography workshop.              

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

CENTRAL LIBRARY READING ROOM

This is the main reading room of the restored St. Louis Central Library, giving a sense of its architectural grace. The low light and warmth of the honey-colored stone makes it feel quieter than the usual library hush. The view is from the middle of the room. Behind me are a number of dark heavy oak tables and chairs. The library often has special exhibits that are set up in this open area.                 

Monday, August 1, 2022

CITY DAILY PHOTO AUGUST THEME DAY - WOOD

An old photo from a local flea market showing wood made for producing music--or at least it was. As a failed violinist (good ear, bad dexterity), I am certain the beat-up violin will never again make a sound other than thunk. The electric guitar looks like it has a better chance. Musical instruments must be one of the oldest uses of wood.

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