Category Archives: Weekly Photo Challenge

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: MONUMENTS

The theme for this weeks Photo Challenge is MONUMENTS. Living in Saint Louis I had to go with the obvious …OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

But in order to take the picture, I had to go across the Mississippi River into Illinois and walk along the railroad track to get in position to shoot. And drat, look at all the power lines that got in the way. So I’m adding a couple of bonus pictures. I’ve been photographing the Arch for years, and this is the first photo I shot…

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THE MONUMENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION

This was taken in 1965. It’s also a black and white photo, since this was before digital photography. And how many young men could afford Kodachrome film. I also took a photo from the top floor of the office where I worked the day center section was lowered into position to join the two legs. (Unfortunately, it’s stored on a slide in one of the many boxes holding years of slide trays that are stored in the back of the closets.) 

And in case you’ve never been to Saint Louis to visit the arch in person and you’re wondering how people get up to the top of the 630-foot-high monument to look out of the little windows there … well, there are steps, but not many people would want to climb up them. Instead, there is a little train with little people pods that will carry you up and down.people pod

The People Pod

And trust me, it is a real trip up to the top! By the way, the Arch’s real name is The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and it is part of a National Park that runs along the Mississippi River at the exact location where French fur traders landed  250 years ago to found the city dedicated to Louis IX, saint and king of France. So we’re having a big birthday party around here this year. Come visit and help us celebrate.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that captures the threshold — that point just before the action happens, that oh-so-sweet moment of anticipation before that new beginning. It could be a door about to open, or something a bit more metaphorical like a flower about to bloom. THRESHOLDSide entrance of a historic old stone church. What secrets and memories await the visitor who crosses the threshold. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

 

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Euclid and McPherson is the heart of Saint Louis’ Central West End. Tom Williams lived here when he was a student at Washington University and before he changed his name to Tennessee. It’s has been a cultural center of the city for every movement for over a century from jazz to hip to gay. It’s a street that can’t be captured in a single photograph.

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Alfresco dining

Historic designs

Classic designs from yesteryear

 

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 Our largest independent book store

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Tributes to Saint Louis’ Creative Greats

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Plenty of spots to sit and rest and watch the world pass by.

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And tree-shaded sidewalks to stroll along!

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, show us an image that says REFLECTION. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

IN RENEE’S EYES!

Do click on the photo for a full screen image on your computer.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Take 2)

I KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING INSIDE THERE!

I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING INSIDE THERE!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that shows us perspective.FalsePerspective

Alas, by using selective close-up cropping I created a forest of wall to wall trees. In reality I shot a single tree that had eight trunks growing up next to one another. I guess that would have to be FALSE PERSPECTIVE.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes Or Fives

IN A NEW POST PUBLISHED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE “THREE” PHOTOS TO TELL A STORY

The Saint Louis Zoo actually has a herd of ten Indian elephants. And last summer I set out to photograph the entire herd. While they do have spacious exhibit enclosures the herd has to be split up when on public display.RAJA

RAJA, the only male in the herd and the father of four daughters has his own private stomping grounds with pools and water falls.

Here are two of the females with their daughters born in 2012 and 2013. MOM BABIES

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And here are the AUNTIES … the other females in the herd who share in raising the young ones.

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THE AUNTIESDid I manage to capture the entire herd on my (five) photos?  No, I missed one. In addition to the public viewing areas seen in these photos, the herd also has a private ELEPHANT WOODS that simulates the jungle areas where the elephants once lived in the wild.

Sorry, I couldn’t tell my story in just three photos.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS PHOTO CHALLENGE CAPTURE SOMETHING YOU TREASURE.

It was Valentine’s Day …

Five years ago today. And I was looking for a friend.

And a sweet young girl named Sally caught my eye,

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Since I already had a best friend named Sally.

I asked if she would be my Renee.

And today she is my Treasure.

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And I think the ball is hers!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A SELFIE.

If I were to take a formal selfie of myself it would probably show me with camera to eye with something interesting in the background.Selfie2

In other words, the background would be more interesting than the foreground featuring me. By the way, the background painting is by a friend of mine and the figure in it was supposedly inspired by myself standing on the corner waiting for a bus. That seems to be the story of my life … waiting for a bus in the background.

But if left alone to the PHOTO BOOTH feature of my iMac, I would probably end up mugging around something like this.

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Not pretty, but it is me … being me … or someone who thinks he’s being me.  Enjoy them while you can … I usually try to keep the Hitchcock within contained within.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OF ONE OBJECT.

BLACK JELLYBEAN JAR

BLACK JELLYBEAN JAR

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