WORD PRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: ANGULAR

What does angular mean to you? It might mean the corner on which you live or the intersection of sea and sky at a 180 degree angle. Angular also offers a chance to shoot from an entirely new perspective: from above, below, or even from the margins of the fray. {For more information, go here!}

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In September I decided to take a photograph that would contain as many angles and geometric shapes as possible. Here it is with all the shadows and drain pipes. Enjoy! Let me know what count you come up with.

 

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: OSKER

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MONDAY … With A Few Of My Favorite Things!

I decided to start the week off with something a little different. I’m sharing photos of five of my favorite things, and I hope you enjoy them too! BlackKnight

STRIDING MAN - Rudolf Belling

A dark figure about a foot tall that I always pass in the narrow corridor when I move from the new addition of the art museum into the original museum building. I think of him as my dark knight.

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ROMAN BOY – MOSAIC FRAGMENT

I’m amazed with the eyes of the boy in this mosaic fragment. It was found in a 2300 year old Roman city between Turkey and Persia.

ManholeCoverA CEMENT MANHOLE COVER WITH A FISH

This is on a sidewalk in West Walnut Manor. When I was a kid all manhole covers were made of  heavy steel. Unfortunately people began stealing them to sell for scrap metal leaving an open hole people could fall into. Cement is cheap, and the fish is to remind people the sewer is for runoff water and not garbage.WarthogParade

THE PARADE OF THE WARTHOGS

This is one of the many animal sculptures in the parking lot of the Saint Louis Zoo. The biggest one is of an actual sized elephant seen below.

ZoofariThat’s my best friend Mr. Bill standing in front of it. Bill is also my oldest friend. He has been for over fifty years.SLAM GrandHall

THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM GRAND HALL

It was originally known as the Sculpture Hall and it is in one of the most historic buildings in the city. And it has been standing at the top of Art Hill for 110 years. I love to wonder through this building. It’s one of my favorite things, too.

INTO THE WOODS … A TALE OF TWO SEASONS IN TWO DAYS!

There’s a saying in West Walnut Manor … if you don’t like the weather today, just come back tomorrow! And that’s the way the weekend started on Saturday morning. The sun was out, and it was a picture of FALL all over the place.

GoldenrodThe GOLDENROD was in full bloom!

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And the leaves were still falling …IntoTheWoods2

Or totally fallen!

As the morning dwindled, so did the sun. And by afternoon the sky filled with dooming, gloomy clouds. As the afternoon gave way to evening, little balls of sleet began to fall covering the ground with a blanket of white. By Sunday morning it had all melted.

By noon today Winter arrived, and it started snowing! WinterWoods

First covering the branches and never-say-die leaves that remained on them …WinterWoods2

And then moving on to cover the ground and the leaves I didn’t get raked up because it was too cold to go outside.

Right now in mid-afternoon we only have a little over an inch of snow on the ground. But it is expected to continue falling through the evening and night.

So, what’s left to do …SnoDazeStickyBuns

… Other than baking SNO-DAZE STICKY-BUNS! A wonderful combination of butter, brown sugar, chopped pecans, cinnamon and white chocolate chips — just the treats needed to go with a cup of hot cocoa.

WORD PRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – ACHIEVEMENT

This week, show us a photo that says “achievement” to you: people meeting a long-worked-for goal. Something tangible you’ve created. A view from a journey you’ve completed, or the stating point of a journey not yet made or a project you hope to finish. We look forward to being inspired!  For more information, go here!ACHIEVEMENT

The first achievement a little boy must master to get a little girl’s attention is a show of  brute strength!

THURSDAY’S FALL SNOWFALL!

If you look closely you will see last night’s fall snowfall in West Walnut Manor that was still there this morning.FallSnowFall2

NATURE’S ART EXHIBIT

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SKY DESIGNS

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WOOD GRAIN EYE OF THE TIGER

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WOOD GRAIN ART ALA LOONEY TUNES!

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Available In Three Assorted Sizes

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VETERANS DAY 2014

Yes, folks, I really am a veteran. That was about fifty years ago and if I must say,  I looked quite dashing in my Army uniform. veterans001_3

I was a member of the US Army Veterinary Corps … a Food Inspection Specialist. I really didn’t see much of the world in my military career. I went to Fort Polk  in Louisiana for basic training and then I went to the Army Food Inspection School in Chicago for ten weeks where I learned all about inspecting the food that our men in service are served.  I have to admit that I take no responsibility for the food after it got into the hands of the Army cooks, but it was the finest grades of meat and vegetables when I inspected it.veterans002

After I graduated from Food Inspection School I was assigned to the Post Veterinarian’s Office in Fort Riley, Kansas. This is the same fort that (Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer rode out of on his way to the Little Big Horn in 1876. He didn’t return.

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Legend has it that the above building  was where Custer’s horse was stabled.  Today, it is the site of the Post Veterinarian’s Office. While the back part of the building still looked like a stable, the food inspectors were actually stabled in individual rooms behind the office area.

My prime food inspection assignment was inspecting all the food that came into the fort’s commissary store. It was like a giant A&P and I was responsible for inspecting the quality for all the food that arrived there before it was put on display for sale to military families. In my two years on the job I rejected one truckload of beef because the bed of the truck was covered with manure. I also rejected a train load of sugar because it was infected with drugstore beatles.

The only action I ever saw in my military career was the day I was bitten by a nasty cocker spaniel owned by the wife of the fort’s commanding general. The dog was being quarantined for biting a couple of kids in the dog kennels that were the back of the building. I earned a shot in my right buttock for my only bodily injury as a member of the military.

“They also serve who only stand and inspect the food!”

TRIVIA QUESTION:  Does anyone remember an early TV sitcom that was set in an Army Veterinarian’s Office?

 

WORD PRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – MINIMALIST

In this week’s challenge, show us your minimalist photos. Find an interesting texture, color, or silhouette.  [For more information go here.]

 

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