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CLOSE LOOK AT THE TOP OF THE ART MUSEUM!

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Yes, I know, if you want to get a detailed view of the very top of the St. Louis Museum Of Fine Art from the middle of Fine Arts Drive you’re going to end up with a very stiff neck or get run over by a car!  So I’ve decided to make photographing the entire upper reaches of the classic building my summer photo project.

I took a quick shot of the center section last Friday. It was the perfect day for shooting photos … bright, but totally overcast so I was able to capture the details  of the building without any shadows.

Hopefully, I’ll have more days like this throughout the summer.  So drop in occasionally to see how my project is advancing.

One Of My Favorite Old Buildings

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Don’t know much about the building, but it always catches my eye when I’m in Maplewood. With Christmas decorations and a bit of moon visit.

MY BEST OF 2012

I’ve never done a Best Of The Year list before, but I guess it’s never too late to start!

THE BEST PHOTO I’VE TAKEN THIS YEAR.Septoppositesattract
I’ve taken better quality pictures, but for sheer human interest this one goes to the head of the list. My six-month old great-niece on her first visit to the Saint Louis Zoo with only a safety glass window between her and an orangutan who I am sure is offering her some of his/her leaves. Makes you wonder why humans can’t put their differences aside.

BEST NEW SOFT DRINK I’VE TRIED THIS YEARAW

There’s nothing new about A & W Root Beer. It made its first appearance back in 1919, and that’s what’s good about it. But just drinking it brings back my days of yesteryear. When we lived in the city my family didn’t own a car … you didn’t need one. But when we moved to the suburbs in the mid-fifties we got the teal blue Chevy. Then every Sunday my father would take the family to different part of the state. The only constant was the stop at a A & W Drive-in for a frosty mug of root beer. My dad always carried an empty A & W gallon jug in the car for a from the tap fill-up to take home with us.Yes, I like Saint Louis’ own Fitz’s, but A & W brings back the memories.

MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Oh, boy, a really tough decision to make here! Thanks to R. R. Martin I only finished 18 (17 Kindle and 1 print) books this past year and the top three I enjoyed most were …

Bear, Otter, and the Kid A complicated coming of age novel that comes about when a mother walks out leaving her 17-year old son to raise his 6-year old brother. Moving, with a lot of smiles and a few tears.

strange  The ultimate comic caper novel involving a not very straight band of hopeless burglars as they attempt to retrieve an anatomically explicit photo of a wannabe congressman before it becomes public. Rob Byrnes has really mastered the art of the comic caper with this one.

And SuburbaNights  There is no way you can read this book with smiling, giggling and outright chortling. A delightful tale of life in suburbia in the craziest suburb you’ll ever come across.

My best of the year was Strange Bedfellows. It actually had me laughing out loud while riding on the MetroLink.

MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR

My selection was made from the films that I actually saw during  the 2012 calendar year.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The Avengers, John Carter, 21 Jump Street, Mirror Mirror, Wrath Of The Titans, Dark Shadows, The Watch, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, ParaNorman and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

My fav … Hobbit

Okay, I like the Gollum gollum

BEST NEW TV SERIES

It’s tie for me …

ELEMENTARY   An interesting take on updating Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

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Vendetta

 

Having a hunky hero doesn’t hurt either!

BEST ENLARGEMENT OF A CLASSIC ART MUSEUMmuseumYou got to admire an architect who builds an addition to a magnificent century old building … and then makes it disappear with the landscaping.

And finally, Best Bastardization Of Classic Art Masterpiece …

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Go on, you know you want to laugh.

Notice that I refrained from all references and results of political campaigns and elections.

 

FOR THE WIDE VIEW …

Forest Park is a great place to visit, and one of the highest spots in the park is a spot call ART HILL. It’s the spot where you’ll find this statue of Louis IX Saint and King of France.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And behind his statue, you’ll find the building that gives this hill its name. The Saint Louis Museum of Fine Art designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert and built in 1904. Currently, a new expansion to the historic building is undergoing the final preparations for a grand opening in June of 2013. Many areas of the original building are being reconfigured for the expansion.Expansion

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While I’ve often included many pictures of the building behind Louis’ statue, I’ve never really shown you the full view of what’s in front of the statue. Now with the aid of a panoramic camera, I’d like to show you the view of Art Hill and the City of Saint Louis that Louis IX sees.

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If you click on the above photo, you’ll be able to see the enlarged panorama of Forest Park and the City Of Saint Louis on a sunny blue sky Saint Louis almost winter afternoon.   ENJOY!