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?
This week, we challenge you to show us what off-season means to you. It could be the shuttered ice-cream stand in the Southern Hemisphere where winter is drawing near. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere it might your snowmobile peeking out from beneath its tarp, or your Christmas decorations arranged neatly in the attic. Feel free to interpret this theme loosely — consider objects at rest and unmoved, places that are stagnant or abandoned. For more information, go here!
When you think about lilies as a seasonable flower, You probably think about spring and Easter lilies. Around my garden, the day lilies need a little bit of summer to burst into bloom. And that’s what we had this week with a lot of sun and temps reaching for the mid-90’s. This made the June blooms burst open in the front flower beds.
The first blooms were monochromatically all white. But hopefully the yellow, red and purple lilies will be coming up in the next weeks. Sometimes Mom Nature is a little slow painting the colors on her blossoms.
The theme for this week’s photo challenge is “Vivid.” Perhaps it’s your favorite flower in full bloom, a beautiful sunset or the color of your ice cream. Vivid is limited only by your imagination. Have fun with the challenge! For more information, go HERE!There are times that blue can be a very vivid color. Especially when it is in the tutu of a Ballarina Flower preparing to leap into her vivid grand jeté in the flower garden ballet.
In-between moments can be just as memorable as grand finales. This week, share a photo you took on the way to something else. ON THE WAY! (For more information, go HERE!)
Birds in the budding trees and fleecy clouds drifting away … sure signs for a wonderfully sunny spring day in the park.