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30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 19, 20 & 21

This could be my catch up on three missed Days Of Creativity, but I prefer to think of it as …

VARIATIONS ON A BUTTERFLY THEME

In other words, I decided to fold three different Butterflies all based on the same butterfly folding pattern, but using different thicknesses, types and colors of folding paper.

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SATURDAY – DAY 19 – THE BROWN SPARKLING STAR BUTTERFLYDSC00215

I used the double- weight paper with a star pattern on one side and white on the other for my first variation. Thick paper is stiffer and harder to fold.

SUNDAY – DAY 20 – THE PATRIOTIC BUTTERFLYDSC00214I used the thinnest folding paper printed with shades of red, white and blue on one side and white on the other. Thin paper is easy to crease and fold.

MONDAY – DAY 21 – THE SUNSET BUTTERFLYDSC00213I used a glossy coated paper with a different shade of red on each side. The glossy paper is a little harder to fold and photograph due to light reflection. But it did produce a butterfly closest to the original pattern.

So, which variation do you like best.

HOW TO GET OUT AND ENJOY A GREAT DAY IN JULY

DSC00190  The day started off by first being cool … having great Saint Louis blue skies with floating puffy white clouds. And I decided to get out and seize the great day while I was able. I decided to start with a walk in the park which I captured with my pocket camera.DSC00166

The main entrance to Forest Park is the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL dedicated to our third president who had the foresight to buy the Louisiana Territory from France. The memorial is also the home of the Missouri History Museum. Notice that the Museum is also celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of Saint Louis. They have a great exhibit celebrating the anniversary running through next February, but I didn’t want to waste the day inside a museum. So I went around the museum and into the park.

But first I had to walk around the TROLLY.DSC00168

No, this is not the trolly that Judy Garland rode on in Meet Me In Saint Louis. This is the trolly you will be able to ride on later next year, when it travels from the Museum to the entertainment center of the historic DELMAR LOOP in University City.DSC00167

Once inside the park, I discovered another SAINT LOUIS 250 Birthday Cake.DSC00169

There’s 249 more of them scattered around the metropolitan area. But I wasn’t looking for cakes, so I continued my journey into the park along the Grand Esplanade.DSC00171

You know, the park has something to interest almost everyone …DSC00172

Bikers and runners …

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Lovers of forests …DSC00175And waterways …

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Wild flowers …DSC00177

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And cultivated gardens …DSC00179

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And even potted plants!DSC00180

And ducks …DSC00182

And duck families!

And that brings us to the second reason for my walk in the Park.Boathouse

THE BOATHOUSE

The Boathouse is located on Post Dispatch Lake in the heart of the park. If you’re athletically inclined you can rent a paddle boat and wear yourself out exploring the waterways in the park. The Boathouse is also a damn fine restaurant and that was why I was there.  I was meeting a half dozen people I used to work with for an ungodly amount of years for one of our regular lunch get-togethers.DSC00184

Naturally, we opted to dine outside to enjoy the view and the fantastic day. The conversation was great! Ditto the food! And it was a totally enjoyable day!

30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 18

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Friday was a cool blue sky day filled with puffy clouds. Notice that the emphasis was on COOL. That is a very rare happening in Saint Louis, and it inspired me to create today’s origami butterfly.DSC00200

My Pretty In Pink Butterfly

It also inspired me to get out of the house and enjoy the day which I will tell you about in my next post.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – CONTAINERS

Boxes, tanks, wrappers: for this week’s Photo Challenge, show us something that contains something else.

For more information, click here!

CandyJarAn Old Fashioned Candy Jar

My grandmother had one, and it almost always held jelly beans, but there really never was enough LICORICE JELLY BEANS to satisfy her over twenty grandchildren. My mother had one too, but it almost always held M & Ms.  Now I have control of the candy jar and the contents change on a random basis. Currently, it’s filled with miniature Chuckles.  I’m sure the licorice will disappear first.

30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 17

The Origami Butterfly for Thursday … Day 17 -WhiteTiger

THE WHITE TIGER STRIPED BUTTERFLY

That right, I’m offering a fantasy butterfly of my imagination. OK, I had a sheet of folding paper at the bottom of my paper box that was covered with zebra stripes, and I decided to either use it or throw it away. So waste not, want not!

So I spent a good part of the day at the veterinary hospital with my faithful friend, Mlle. Renee. No problem, just a follow-up visit for last week’s ear infection. And she passed with flying color. (Renee is golden brown from head to toe with the exception of the white tip of her tail and her spotted right front boot of white with tan freckles. We had a long wait because the office was crowded. All the staff spoils her with pats, and naturally she works the crowd. The infection is all cleared up, and the swelling of her ear  caused by the broken blood vessel is almost all back to normal.The vet did discover that the point on one of her rear teeth was broken off and advised extraction before the nerve becomes exposed. (They could put a cap on it for about a thousand bucks, but he advised extraction.) And my wallet agreed!

And that was my Thursday!  And the weather is still amazingly cool for July!

MY LAUGH OF THE DAY!

While I was waiting for the vet, a woman with three little boys came in and the oldest climbed onto the dog scale  and shouted, “Mom, I weigh 50 dog pounds!”

30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 16

It’s Wednesday and time for yet  another origami butterfly…BusterBrown

THE BUSTER BROWN BUTTERFLY

Today’s butterfly was inspired by childhood memories. When I was a kid my mother and father would walk down Saint Louis Avenue to 14th Street. Back in the post war 40′s 14th Street was a bustling shopping area in North Saint Louis. The hadn’t invented shopping centers back then. So, if you were shopping, you either went downtown where the department stores were or you went to 14th Street or Grand Avenue on the Near North Side. They also had shopping areas on the south side of the city … but to shop there required a long streetcar ride. So 14th Street was closest for us. And the shoes of choice for any kid who listen to the radio and Smiling Ed McConnell, Midnight the Cat, Groggy Gremlin  and Squeaky the Mouse were Buster Brown shoes.Smilin'_ed_mcconnell

Who could forget the famous Buster Brown tag line … THAT’S MY DOG TIGE. HE LIVES IN A SHOE. I’M BUSTER BROWN, LOOK FOR ME IN THERE, TOO!  Little did I realize that when I got my first job in advertising, it would be working for a shoe company owned by Brown Shoe Company … the company that made Buster Brown.Shoes. Thankfully, I never had any desire to name Mlle. Renee  TIGE!  But I did name today’s origami butterfly after Buster Brown.  There is a sad tale about Tige though, he was an American Bull Terrier with a toothy grin.

In the late 20th century the Bull Terrier became known as a PIT BULL, a dog trained to fight  other dogs viciously. And mother’s became excited about the kids being frightened by poor Tige. So the ad mavens had poor Tige redrawn into a happy faced lap dog…New BUSTERAnd my childhood dog and shoe idol was gone forever. Maybe I should have named my butterfly TIGE.  Butterflies don’t have teeth.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS … SUMMER NAP

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30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 15

Today has been totally strange day.  First we broke a 123 year old weather record for the lowest high temperature for July 15.  Our high for the day was a very pleasant 76 degrees which was one degree lower than the previous lowest high recorded in 1891. I’m not complaining, because last week we were sweltering and sweating. Only one problem I had to go grocery shopping and my MetroBus goes through Forest Park and apparently everybody decided to take a trip to the zoo which caused a massive traffic jam in the park and delaying my travel time by about 25 minutes. I’m not saying we have stupid drivers in the Wicket City, but everyone was so desperate to find a parking spot they paid no attention to the YELLOW stripes painted along the curbs, or the NO PARKING SIGNS, or the FIREPLUGS along the streets. There wasn’t an empty parking space on any of the streets through the park. And did I feel upset when I saw the Park Rangers slapping PARKING TICKETS on any of the cars illegally park. HELL NO! Stupidity pays a lot of the city’s bills.And as soon as one of the returns to the car and drives off … some other fool will fill the spot.

Anyway, I’m late in posting my daily origami butterfly. Basically because I couldn’t get an internet connection for the past three hours. Probably, another foolish driver hit just another utility pole and brought down the cable again. That’s the problem with living in a city that’s been around for 250 years. It will be years before they get around to burying the utility wires.

SO, HERE’S THE 30 DAYS OF CREATIVITY ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY FOR TUESDAY, JULY 15:

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THE LUCK OF THE IRISH BUTTERFLY

And since it is already a half hour into July 16, that’s all I have to write.

30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABack when Mlle. Renee was a young pup, she would play and frolic in the yard and explore everything that she came across or discovered.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In her first fall of living with me she discovered butterflies. They would land on the flowering plants in the back of the yard and she would race back to watch the float away. Just like her rabbit chases, she never caught a butterfly. But that didn’t stop her from running and jumping after them.

So my butterfly for Monday is for Renee  .DSC00142

MLLE. RENEE’S SPECKLED FLUTTERBY

This is an original origami butterfly that I designed myself and named in Renee’s honor.

30 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Weekend Days 12 and 13

Two … count them … two butterflies today!

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SUNDAY - Day 13DSC00140

Together, I call them  OPPOSITES ATTRACT!  (Even though I bent the body of the yellow/orange butterfly when I taped it to the green background.)

I guess my medical care of Mlle. Renee is working. She almost back to her regular “happy dog” personality. I’ve found ways to washout her ears and apply meds without her objections. The swelling in her ear has decreased by half, too.

We have both been spend most of our daylight hours inside the house. We went from a spring-like summer for most of last week to regular summer temps of 97 this weekend.

Last night I tried to photograph the SUPER MOON, but with cloud cover this was all I could capture …DSC00134

 

Still pretty bright shining through the cloud cover. Maybe I’ll have better luck on the next one in August.

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