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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
… 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.
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!
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.
Amazing, if you just look around your everyday world, you’re sure to discover something you never knew!
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This was my shot of the last SUPER MOON OF THE SUMMER. Photographing the moon involves a lot of guess work, luck, and a lot of throwaway photos. Also any haze in the sky … even though you can’t see it … will give you a photo of the moon lacking detail.
Starting off the final zoo segment with a display of carved wooden jungle beasts. It’s a work my nephew brought back from Lagos, Nigeria. It shows several of the animals that retired for the day before the picnic even started at the zoo. As we walked through the River’s Edge, all we saw were empty display areas. At the brand new exhibit for the Andean Bears all we saw was other zoo visitors with their noses pressed to a glass panel trying to see the two bears huddled at the back of their cave. (I can just see the mama bear asking the papa bear, “Do you think they want to sleep in our bed?”)
We lucked out an exhibit later when the black rhino began to strut around his stomping grounds shortly after we arrived and even pretend to charge the viewers. (For about two or three feet)
Unfortunately, he didn’t even scare the sacred ibis from ancient Egypt that shares part of his domain. (Hmmm, what is the plural of ibis? There were about six of them.)
It was a real nice ant hill, but the sign on the fence said that this was the home of the cheetah family. (Guess they were all lurking in the shadows and licking their lips as they decided which one of us would make the best dinner guest.)
And his friend was even messier!
Guess they’re trying to prove they’re not extinct yet. They are an endangered species in Africa, and the Saint Louis Zoo is part of a world-wide effort to keep them from disappearing. That’s why this year’s picnic was A Painted (dog) Picnic.
And LITTLE LUKE (standing next to the hippo on the bottom of the pool) decided that hippos are really BIG!!! He liked the little fishies, too.
And that brought us to the end of THE RIVER’S EDGE! There was an Elephant Enrichment Program scheduled for 6:00, but that was the time for our own enrichment … the picnic dinner! Besides we had to get to CHILDREN’S ZOO first, so the adults could watch the little kids pet the baby goats, big snakes, and guinea pigs. There are so many things for the kids to play with here, it’s hard to get the away. The adults got a special treat though, we were watching the new moma tree kangaroo and her little baby stuck his or her head out of the moma’s pouch. (Yes, I again failed to get my camera up fast enough to photograph him or her.)
Nichole with the little goats!
Luke with the big snake that was taller than he was.
(And the kids wouldn’t touch the real live Python. Guess kids really aren’t that dumb!)
And that was our annual family trip to the zoo!
But we missed the lions, tigers and bears!!!
Yes, boys and girls, I managed to survive yet another birthday last weekend. And only a couple of the cards I received commented on my impending senility.What I was not expecting was a surprise birthday party in my honor given my family. I was expecting a small family gathering to celebrate all of the family birthdays that occur during the month of September … (there happen to be four of them) … and I was enlisted to make a batch of my baked mini-mostaccioli. So I got up at seven in the morning and began making twenty pounds of Italian delights. (I know that sounds strange for someone with German, Polish and French grandparents, but then my DNA analysis says my ancestry is 75% Scandinavian. Guess they might have been Italian Scandinavians.)
And I realized that something was up! And once inside, it was verified when I discovered the house was full of three odd generations of my family. OMG! Would 20-pounds of Baked Mini-mostaccioli be enough?
It was very impressive! And my six-year old grand nephew Jake built me a cute little birdhouse.
A special thanks to all my loving family. OMG, I just realized that I’m the official patriarch of this bunch of crazies.
Today, was our local primary election, and it actually involved a lot of exercise. I don’t mean the effort in sifting the hyperbole, mud, slander and b.s. that has been flying around the airwaves for the past two months. I meant actual physical exercise. You see, my polling place is the elementary school at the top of this hill.
And every time I have to vote, I have to climb this three block hill. And I’m either getting older, or this hill is getting steeper.
I voted, got my sticker and breezed down the hill.
Or to put it simply, it’s a tropical jungle under glass. And on my recent visit to the garden, I went through it to see a special exhibit featuring some very unusual pieces of sculpture.
A MAJESTIC BALD EAGLE
A MENACING GIANT PRAYING MANTIS
A GIANT MONARCH BUTTERFLY ATOP A HYDRANGIA BLOSSOM
A SOMEWHAT UPSIDE DOWN LOOKING FLOWER
A SQUIRREL AND A BLUEBIRD EYEING THE BIRD FEEDER
A BLOOMING CACTUS?
A VERY UGLY BUG THAT WAS REAL!!!
AND WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS IS?
AND A REAL SPATHIPHYLLUM TO CLOSE!
Drop by and see the show yourself.
ONE OF THE MANY GREAT SIGHTS OF SAINT LOUIS!