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This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. For more information go here.

Several times each week, I go past this bronze interpretation of ADVENTURE. It is the statue of King Louis IX of France  leading the Seventh Crusade in the 13th Century. Louis was a wise and just monarch, but a terrible Crusader. He was defeated in both of his Crusade attempts … but his statue really does say ADVENTURE.Louis IX



I have taken multiple photos of this statue over the years. And my attempt this week was the first time I was able to capture all of the details of the statue. The skies were extremely overcast and there was no direct sunlight.


It’s your turn now: for this week’s challenge, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other? For more information go here!  

This is a dialogue Mother Nature has been having with us at 4:30 each day for the past several afternoons …




THE SUMMER STORM!  The Approach … the Darkening Skies … and finally the first drops of rain falling. I didn’t stick around to catch the Deluge because the lightening was coming to fast and furious. You can also see how the color of the photos changed as the storm moved in.



This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials or with man-made objects. For more information go here.




(Click on the photo to see all the textures.)

Does anyone (besides myself) think the remains of this tree resembles the decapitated head of the Big Bad Wolf? Which was why I photographed it in the first place this week.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag



For this week’s challenge, share with us your own take on zipping and zagging.  It can be a winding path, the Herringbone pattern on your coat, a scar: any jagged line that tells a story. For more information, click here!

Zigzag UpsAnd Downs


The Forest Park Metrolink Station

DAILY POST Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

THIS WEEK, SHARE A PHOTO THAT SAYS SUMMER LOVIN’ TO YOU! For more information click here!












And yes the peach one is my favorite.



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

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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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Share a photo of what “relic” means to you — it could be your still-running 1979 Honda Accord Hatchback, a historic building in your town, or an old, rusted farm implement poking up through the long grass in a field.


Apotheosis of St. Louis

Most people think this statue that stands at the top of Art Hill in front of the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art is the same statue  of Louis IX Saint and King of France that stood at the DeBaliviere entrance of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (aka. The Saint Louis World’s Fair). It isn’t, it’s a copy. The original statue created by sculptor Charles Henry Niehaus was made of plaster, horse hair and paint like most of the exhibition buildings that had been built for the Fair. Two years after the fair grounds had been demolished except for two structures, the  Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company decided to commemorate their very successful fair with a bronze replica of the statue. Niehaus supposedly wanted too much money to cast his work in bronze, so the LPEC awarded the project to W. R. Hodges, a local artist. Until the Gateway Arch was constructed, this statue was the most photographed site in the city. I still photograph it several times each year. The photo shown here is my latest and current favorite.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.DSC00043

It’s really strange, so far this year I haven’t seen any moths or butterflies (or bees) visiting the flower gardens. So to rectify the situation, I created several origami butterflies to add to the garden. As Mother Nature would have it, she sent one of her frequent sudden thunderstorms we’ve been plagued with this week. And only one butterfly survived. In other words, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”  Here’s the only butterfly and flowers that survived the downpour, my Photo Challenge entry to show the CONTRASTS between real and imitation nation.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that says BETWEEN.

Click HERE to learn more about this challenge.RedLily

This morning when I went out to see how my garden was growing

I  discovered this solitary radiant red lily

Between the usual multitude of snowy white lilies.

The first to blossom in three years! 

Weekly Photo Challenge: EXTRA! EXTRA!

This week, share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of color. A lone carrot in a sea of peas. Draw us in with a humorous detail, or find a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture.

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