Some time in the late 60’s I dug up my mother’s pink and yellow gladioli beds because they were getting too crowded. She thought they would look good in front of the new fence we had put in the front yard along the side of the house. They grew and prospered like a memorial to my mom. Strange because glads should be dug up in the fall and replanted in the spring.
Apparently nobody told the bulbs about this, and they kept coming up every summer for almost fifty years. Last fall I noticed that they were growing out into the front lawn and making my lawn mowing a bit difficult. So like a good brother and uncle, I dug all the bulbs up and presented my sister-in-laws and nieces with a bag full of bulbs for their gardens. Since I don’t know what the original horticultural name of my mother’s glads were, so I decided to name this apparently super-strain of glads in her honor. So you’re looking at the first of the new Anna Rosalia Gladioli. She would have liked that.
I don’t know if they came up in their gardens, but they sure came up in my front yard. And taller than they ever had been!
Now I knew that Forest Park’s 1,371 acres contained three museums, a zoo, a couple of golf courses, playing fields, a forest and a multitude of lakes, streams, ponds, fountains, waterfalls, cascades and a Grand Basin, but I had never heard about a swamp. Well, unlike California, because of all the rain we’ve been having we have more water laying around than the ground can suck up. The swamp was formed by the rain that fell on the verdant hilly golf course you see in the background of the photo. While I didn’t see any gators in the swamp, I wouldn’t get too close.
Well, it’s official! June 2015 was the wettest month of June ever recorded in the Saint Louis Metropolitan area. And by the looks of the crowds trying to swallow up the rays of the last moon of the month, July will be starting off with a slightly soggy start tomorrow! Offical weather forecasts rain in the local area on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All holiday picnics will have to be indoor teddy bear picnics for a while.
This week’s challange – So what’s your muse — what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time? (For more information, GO HERE!)
My go to photo spot would have to be The Apotheosis of Saint Louis … better known to locals as the guy in armor astride his galant steed at the top of Art Hill in Forest Park. He’s been sitting out in front of the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art for well over one hundred years now. And he’s probably been photographed by multi-millions of visitors. I know I have photographed him every time I walk up Art Hill. Always hoping to get that one perfect photo. I’ve photographed him in the early morning sun and at sunset from the front, the sides and once even from the rear. Here’s two of my most recent efforts.
From the front base of the sculpture – early morning.
From the left side at dusk – evening illumination.
Who knows what the next shot will be?
Still hoping the Black, Red and Orange Lilies might surprise me before the end of the week.
And the buds on the tall Rose Of Sharon bushes are getting fatter and expected to burst into bloom by next Monday.
Exactly one month ago I posted a photo of my new screen saver which was a photo of me and my favorite summer swinging pals Luke and Nichole swinging in the haunted shade tree in my brother’s back yard. We don’t really know if it is haunted or not, but it’s a great place for making up and telling stories. The story I was telling them was probably about the LORRFF a mythical beastie that can be seen sitting on top of the computer next to the kitten climbing up the lamp.
A number of readers thought that this creature was a member of the Muppet family, but no one was able to correctly guess his name. (Personally, it was like trying to guess Rumplestilskin’s name.) After a couple of days of web search, even I called it quits. No one could identify the lop-eared beast!
But yesterday, my friend Becky in Houston with the help of her husband Tom correctly identified him as Salacious B. Crumb, the resident court jester for Jabba The Hutt. A visit to the Wookieepedia – the Star Wars Wiki supplied this additional information.
“Salacious B. Crumb was a Kowakian monkey-lizard employed as a court jester for Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. Known for his shrill laugh and sadistic sense of humor, Crumb started out as little more than vermin on Kwenn Space Station during the days of the Galactic Republic, eventually escaping onto a ship belonging to Jabba the Hutt.”
“When Jabba found Crumb eating from his food bowl, he attempted to digest him, though the Kowakian monkey-lizard escaped, covering Jabba’s two henchmen with goo in the process. Jabba found this extremely amusing, and offered Crumb a role as his court jester; if Salacious managed to amuse Jabba at least once a day, he would be allowed to eat and drink as much as he wished. However, if he failed to do so, he would be killed. For over a dozen years he lived in Jabba’s Palace, playing many tricks and practical jokes on some of the palace’s regulars, and becoming one of the most disliked members of Jabba’s court.”
So, where in Lucusland did my Crumb come from! I searched through 79,000 images on Google and I finally found this on sale at Amazon!
Salacious Crumb – Star Wars Buddies Beanie Plush
by Star Wars
$23.75+ $4.99 shipping
Only 1 left in stock — order soon.
As to how I came to own one of these rare items … your guess is as good as mine. Do you think anyone will give me $25 for him?