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PIC PICK OF THE WEEK

My featured photo of the week is this picture of a Catalpa Tree in a pocket park in West Walnut Manor around the corner from where I live. The tree is rather unique in that some years ago several of the trees long branch were down in a strong storm.  Mother Nature took over and the branches rooted themselves in the ground and continued to grow.

PICK PIC OF THE WEEK … ARTISTIC VIEW OF THE PARK

TWISTED EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

TWISTED EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

I took this photo a couple of years ago while trekking through Forest Park. It was part of an exhibit of art created from found junk. I forgot about it at the time, and rediscovered it just last week while cleaning out my overloaded iPhoto files. So now it’s my Pick Pic Of The Week.

PICK PIC OF THE WEEK – MOMS NATURE DESIGNS

Just realized I haven’t picked a Pick Pic Of The Week in a lot of many weeks. Situation rectified.

DESIGNS IN NATURE’S DESIGNS

It’s amazing how the design on each of the three leaves come together to make a perfect triangle. Well, not counting the leaves that have become slug-nibbled and the ones the birds used for target practice. Also it was a very windy day when I was mowing the lawn, do a lot of mowing dust dropped on the leaves, too.  I’d restake the photo, but I already mowed the clover.

‘TIL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY AGAIN — PICK PIC OF THE WEEK

Without a doubt the seasons have now officially changed. Two nights ago the temps took a plunge producing a killing frost. Yesterday morning the amazing hibiscus plants that had bloomed gloriously into the brisk November days, now looked more like frozen spinach. Alas, summer 2011 is officially over, and with it all those lazy, hazy days I spent relaxing in my super-cool backyard chair in the shade of my towering cedar trees watching the clouds roll by.

To commemorate summer 2011 and all those fantastic cloud shapes that paraded past my reviewing stand, I present my cloud pick pic of the year.

THE RUBBER DUCKIE IN THE SKY

Until the clouds roll by again next summer … that’s all from here!

THE TWISTED TREE — Pick Pic Of The Week

Eons ago … when I first started going to Wash U, I noticed a tree on the block of Skinker between Waterman and Pershing. I must have passed this tree a gazillion times over the years. Couldn’t help it, because it was right next to my bus stop. I always meant to take a picture of the tree, but never did until a couple of weeks ago. With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to finally give it its due by featuring it in my Pick Pic Of The Week post in not one but four pics.  This tree really deserves to be seen from all sides.  Enjoy!

To increase your detailed viewing pleasure, did you know that you can enlarge the photos in this post by moving your mouse over the photo and clicking once. Click a second time and it will enlarge even more.

To show how unobservant I can be, I don’t even know what species the tree is.

BOTH SIDES NOW — PICK PIC OF THE WEEK!

  This is probably the photographic view of the Gateway Arch that almost everyone recognizes. It shows the Arch in the foreground and the Old Courthouse centered between the legs. To take this picture you have to cross the river to the Gateway Observation platform in East Saint Louis.

But a couple of weeks ago I was able to take a picture showing the scene from a reverse point of view.

And there’s only one spot where you can get this picture … you have to stand in the exact center of the band stand in Kiener Plaza. You could even get a better picture by climbing on top of the band stand. You could also get arrested, too!

Now you’ve seen the Arch from both sides! Enjoy, it’s my Pick Pic Of The Week!

I’M WATCHING YOU … PICK PIC OF THE WEEK!

I usually take several hundred photos each week, and while going through them this afternoon I decided to select the one I liked best and post it as my PICK PIC OF THE WEEK.

This week I made my long promised Tourist Trek the historic  Soulard Neighborhood of Saint Louis, and while I was sorting through the photos one caught my eye.

Soulard is one of the oldest residential areas in the city. It is just six blocks from the banks of the Mississippi River, and many of the original structures built during the 1800s have been carefully restored. A lot of these were row houses which were built right up to the brick sidewalks and side by side to other row houses. Almost all of these were two stories with front and rear apartments on each floor. The rear apartments were reached through a narrow walkway from the sidewalk to the back entrance.

Walking along a block of row houses, I noticed this big guy guarding his home. He actually opened one eye to look at me when I stopped to take his picture. As you can see, his expression is pure, “Sheeze, another damn tourist!”

Watch for the entire Tourist Trek coming up this week. (As soon as I finish picking and choosing the photos.)

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