Friday, April 27, 2007

Fireworks Flower - Missouri Botanical Garden


I don't know the name for this flower. I found it in the temparate garden section of the Climatron. It reminds me of fireworks on the 4th of July. This photo is currently my desktop wallpaper. (Click the photo to view full-sized version.)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Missouri Botanical Garden - Hibiscus


My favorite colors used to be greens, blues, and browns, but the older I get the more I seem to like yellow, and orange, and red. Why is that, I wonder? (Click image to view full-size.)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Missouri Botanical Garden - Tulips


A photo of tulips taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden in April 2006. (Click the photo to view full-size.)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Self Portrait


Here's something different for me. A self-portrait, well kind of. I guess I'm contemplating the Cracker Barrel parking lot, wondering where everbody is. I know, it's weird, but that's the way it is.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Roses On the Fence


These wonderful yellow roses were growing on a fence at the historical museum in Littleton, Colorado. I've read that yellow was Van Gogh's favorite color. I can see why. (Click the photo to see a full-sized version.)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Roses On the Woodpile


I enjoy making photos of flowers. I'm going to post a few here for a friend of mine and for my own enjoyment. This was taken at the historical museum in Littleton, Colorado. (Click the photo to see a full-sized version.)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Mister Owl

We took a day trip with some friends a couple of weeks ago to Clarksville, Missouri. The bald eagles were all gone, but there's little restaurant and an antique mall we like there so we were not disappointed. Plus the drive is kind of nice too. The road runs along the flood plain between the bluffs and the Mississippi River. Lots of fields and you always see several freight trains because a busy line runs along the highway. Mister Owl is a stuffed creature sitting on a glass case at the Clarksville Visitor's Center. The center is set up on a bluff above Lock and Dam 24 and the east side of the building is mostly windows with a telescope and binoculars for eagle watching. As I said, the eagles were gone, but I still looked through the telescope.

It's funny what you remember from when you were a kid. When I typed the name for the title of this post it reminded me a neighbor we had when I was four years old. His name was, of course, "Mr. Owl." We lived in Duluth, Minnesota at the time and I remember how he would go outside and yell at the snowplow operators to come back and clear an opening at the end of his driveway when they plowed the streets. I also remember that he didn't like kids going into his yard. I was only four, but it's funny how some things stick with you.

This post is dedicated to my old neighbor, Mr. Owl. Here's to you Mr. Owl wherever you are.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Chicago Skyline

Here's the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan out from Navy Pier. This is from our trip last summer. We took a ride on a sailing ship out into the lake. We sailed! Oh, yeah, I enhanced this photo a little from the original to make it look "cool."