A SPECIAL ALL HALLOWS FRIDAY FOTO!

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Mlle. Renee Takes Me For A Walk

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THE CALL OF THE WILD!

Every afternoon Renee will walk into the living room and walk over to the rocking chair where her walking leach hangs. She will hit it several times with her nose to let me know it is time for our almost daily constitutional. (She doesn’t go out on rainy days. Smart dog, she hates getting her feet wet.) Some days I pick the route, other days I let her lead the way.DSC00712

She has her own favorite treks around the neighborhood.DSC00715

And most of them involve utility poles where she can check if anyone new has visited her stomping grounds. Recently, she discovered grasshoppers who seem to always hop into her path.DSC00707

Usually, they will hop away as soon as she sees them. Unfortunately, the other day a three-incher landed in front of her and failed to hop away. Naturally, being the great hunting hound, she caught him in her snicker-snacking teeth. One bite, and she spit him back out. Lesson learned, grasshoppers taste bad,

and she is not inclined to add them to her regular menu. And with that, she lead me back home where she could wash her mouth out with cool, clean water.

DSC00713She also knows there is a jar of little bitty-bones on the kitchen counter waiting for her return.

Those Autumn Leaves Are Really Nothing To Sing About!

Last Saturday was a beautiful sunny day.  It was sort of like an Indian Summer … only it couldn’t be an Indian Summer because we haven’t had a first frost of fall yet. But my lawn with Autumn Leaves, so I decided to get my lawn mower out and kill  two jobs (last grass trim before winter and a great leaf suck-up) at one swell swoop. And when I finished, the yard looked manicured. Well, at least until the rain started on Monday night.

Come Tuesday morning, my beautifully manicured lawn suddenly looked like this.LeafyLawn

It was covered with twice as many autumn leaves as there had been on Saturday. Sure, I could blame it on the wind and rain, but I know better. LEAF DROPPER

My lawn had been attacked by the leaf devil who ran around the yard shaking the branches of all the trees and dropping leaves to the accompaniment of a glissando tinkling piano. It was probably named Roger, too.

Guess I’ll have to drag out the leaf blower tomorrow.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS – THE LAST OF 2014

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WORD PRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – COVER ART

For this week’s Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. Would the image inspire us to take a peek through the pages, listen to the music, or buy a ticket to the show? Would it strike a chord with viewers, making them reflect on or revisit memories of places, people, and experiences.

For more information go here!

I’ve had a photo in my photo files for a couple of years now. I always told myself that I’d use it for the cover of my autobiography if, and when I ever got down to writing it. At last, I found a use for it in this challenge.  CoverArt

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

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SAINT LOUIS HAS A BIRTHDAY – Part One: The King

LouisIX  This year  the city of Saint Louis is celebrating its 250th birthday and as part of the year-long celebration, the Saint Louis Art Museum is having a special exhibition honoring the city’s namesake King Louis IX of France. Actually, the land where the city is located was claimed by the some of the earliest residents  known as the Mississippians somewhere around 250 AD. They actually built the first city in United States  between 250 and 1300. Unfortunately, they built their city across the river in Illinois, and then they disappeared.  Then the land was claimed by both Spain and France, but it was a couple of French fur traders who actually settled here and built a trading post and village in 1764 and named it after King Louis IX of France, who also happened to be a saint.

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We know he was a saint, because he always had a flock of angels hovering around him. And when the angels weren’t around he looked like this. He also led a couple of crusades to reclaim the Holy Land that weren’t very successful.

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But, he was a very just king and very admired by his people, and that’s probably why he became a saint. So to honor our city’s namesake, the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art has assembled a collection of art and artifacts related to the King, the Saint and also our City.TheTalesOfStLouisA book in French filled with a collection of tales about the man who became a King and Saint.

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An illuminated parchment folio about the King.

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A craved tablet recognizing the SPIRIT OF SAINT and the LONE EAGLE Charles Lindbergh and the people who funded his flight to Paris.

And there’s also this statue that stands in front of the museum.StlObverse

And there are also two cathedral basilicas honoring the Saint in the city.

More about how the city celebrates a 250th Birthday coming up!

 

 

 

SATURDAY IN THE PARK

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The View From The Top Of Art Hill On A Saturday Afternoon In Fall

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And The Fall Forest In Forest Park

THE DAILY POST WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: REFRACTION

 

For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret “refraction.”

For more information go here!

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CAPTURING THE CAPTURER IN THE MAGIC BALL

AND IT IS NOT BACON!

Like many midwestern locations, West Walnut Manor has been going through a seemingly never-ending period of dreary, rain-saturated weeks. Ok, I might have exaggerated a bit … but it has been wet. But today … the SUN returned!  But when I walked outside into the clear (somewhat chilling) air, I discovered bacon growing out of the railing around the deck!It'sNotBacon

Now, I know that bacon does not grow on trees or deck rails that come from trees! But it sure looked like it!MaybeAFlatFungi

But, I decided it must be some kind of flat fungus among us, so I went to the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Question: How many of  you also learned how to spell encyclopedia by watching the Mickey Mouse Club?) There, I learned there are over 80,000 known species of organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which includes the yeasts, rusts, smuts, mildews, molds, mushrooms, and toadstools. Now, I’ll have to go back and discover what a smut is.

NewSproutsOn closer inspection I actually discovered two baby fungi just starting to poke their little heads out of the timber.

Amazing, if you just look around your everyday world, you’re sure to discover something you never knew!

 

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