Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Meet Our Friend Myles

Myles is one of our cats. He is all personality, but also a very sweet boy at heart. He was literally a starving kitten when my wife agreed to foster him. His fur was brown and white when we got him, but the vet said he was really a black and white cat. The malnutrition made the black fur turn brown. He is also a very fat guy. This is common in kittens who suffered from malnutrition. The lack of food does something to their metabolism. He is our very good friend. (Click the photo to view a larger sized image.)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sea Lion @ Saint Louis Zoo

I took this shot at the Saint Louis Zoo last summer. I think his name is Bennie, or Alex, I'm not sure. I really like his expression in this shot. He was posing for photos. Really. (Click photo to view full sized version.)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Fourth of July Roses @ Missouri Botanical Gardens

Fourth of July Roses from the rose garden and the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri. (Click photo to view full sized.)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Westcott - I Fly


This is a video of my son Ben's old band. The video was made by his brother, Sam. Ben is currently is in The Marquette Weekend and Sam is inbetween bands right now, but Northside's Sweet Revenge was his old band. Check out the links to the right if you want to hear and see more.

Rose of Sharon

This flower was growing on a bush in our front yard. I was cutting the grass and had to run in and get my camera to make a few shots. (Click photo to view full size.)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mount Evans Marmot

About three of four years ago we drove up to the top of Mount Evans, Colorado. It was late June and storm clouds were rolling through the area. We drove in clouds until we got near the top and then we found ourselves in between two layers of clouds. As we neared the parking lot near the peak, we saw this little guy standing by the side of the road. Marmots are fun to watch and can be seen quite often around Mount Evans. The quality of this image is not the best, but I like the marmot. (Click the photo to view a larger size image.)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Kansas Sky

This is looking north from a rest area on I-70 somewhere west of Topeka and east of Salina.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Shadows on a Bridge

The shadow of a wrought iron railing on a foot bridge over S. Main Street in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Marquette Weekend 2008 Halloween Show

The Marquette Weekend played a Halloween show at The Pit in St. Charles, Missouri. I was there. You can see more photos over at my Picasa album.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Windows Off Spring Street

We took a day trip Eureka Springs, Arkansas earlier this month for our 30th wedding anniversary. This is a shot of some side windows of an art gallery on Spring Street right where it makes a sharp bend. We walked down past the side of the building to look for this little place that was supposed to have the best pizza in town -- or so we were told by the locals. I was struck by the blue trim and the light coming from inside the building.

The pizza place was closed until dinner time, so we ended up eating on the balcony of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. That was nice too.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Trent the Pirate

Here is Trent relaxing on the couch. I guess he was resting up for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrrgh!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chicken Through a Fence

For some reason -- I'm not sure why -- I think chickens are great fun to look at. I caught this one through a fence. (Click image to view full size.)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunflower

A sunflower in the garden beside the 1890s farmhouse at the Littleton History Museum at Littleton, Colorado. (July 2008)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Butterfly in the Garden

We have a butterfly bush in our back yard garden. Here is someone who came to visit the other evening. (Click photo to view full sized.)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Cactus Flower

A cactus flower growing in a planter on the street in Evergreen, Colorado. Yellow! (Click photo to view full size.)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

One Legged Grasshopper

I made this shot of this little guy in my in-laws backyard in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado. He was just sitting on the flower. You can't see it too well in this photo, but I didn't notice he had only one leg until I looked at the image later. (Click photo to view full-sized.)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

King Lear in Chicago

King Lear stands against the wind in downtown Chicago near where Michigan Avenue crosses the Chicago River. (Click image to view full-sized.)

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Aspen @ Rocky Mountain National Park

This is an Aspen near the same area where I took the Lean On Me photo I posted earlier this month. That may be Longs Peak in the background, but I'm not certain.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Lean On Me


Just some trees growing along US Highway 36 in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Irises

The iris garden was in full bloom the other day at the Missouri Botanical Garden. (Click a photo to see it full-sized.)




Monday, June 02, 2008

Missouri River Trash

I think this photo speaks for itself. It's a slough off the Missouri River at St. Charles, Missouri. We all need to remember to put trash in the proper place. Thanks.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Backyard Rose

A rosebud on our back fence. This was taken right after a storm. We've had a lot of those this spring. Sometimes I think somebody moved St. Louis to Seattle and didn't tell us.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Marquette Weekend (Live) - Stay With Me

This is a video I made of The Marquette Weekend playing in April 2008 at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. (Benny McBain is my son.)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Skull in the Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden has a special exhibit of sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle. The mosaic sculptures are made in a rainbow of colors and materials from fiberglass, stones, glass, mirrors, and semi-precious materials. This was a giant skull sitting on the grass. We all thought this would be pretty cool to have in our front yard. (Click skull to view full size.)

P.S. Yes, there are people sitting inside the skull. You can see their legs through its teeth.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Laclede's Landing in St. Louis

This is looking west on Morgan Street near the intersection with First Street. It was almost dark. Laclede's Landing is one of the last places where you can get an idea of what the warehouse district of St. Louis looked like over 100 years ago. It's a business area now, primarily populated with shops, bars and restaurants. Oh yeah, and a brand new casino. (Click the photo to view full size.)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

More Molly Brown Front Porch

Don't know why, but I keep thinking about Molly Brown's front porch. So here's a few more shots. If it were my house, I'd invite you over to sit in the swing, play some music, and shoot the breeze. (Click a shot to view full size.)




Saturday, April 12, 2008

Molly Brown's Front Porch

We took a tour of the Molly Brown house in Denver, Colorado a couple of years ago. They don't allow photos of the inside of the house, so I took some of the outside. This is Molly's front porch. You might also want to check out a shot of the front porch of Molly's first home in Hannibal, Missouri. (Click on the photo to view a larger image.)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Colorado Llamas

Here's another shot from along Colorado State Highway C86. These guys were further out in the field, but came over to see us when we stopped by the side of the road. I guess they thought we were going to feed them. "Tina, eat the food!"

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Beached Fishing Lure

Just a fishing lure on the shore of Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Lake Michigan Driftwood


Just a stick of driftwood washed up on the shore at the 12th Street Beach in Chicago. You can see it the foreground below. The building on the right is the Planetarium.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Water Tower @ Ha Ha Tonka

This water tower supplied the "Castle" with water pressure. Water was pumped into the tower from the Ha Ha Tonka Spring, 250 feet below. It did not burn in the 1942 fire that destroyed the Castle and Carriage House. It lasted until 1976 when the insides were burned by vandals before the area became a Missouri state park.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lake Michigan Gull

This a friend who dropped by while I was sitting on the walk at Navy Pier in Chicago almost two years ago. I didn't catch his name. Sorry.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ollie Boy

This is Ollie. He is definitely one of the family. We adopted him as a puppy after he was rescued from an abusive situation in Puerto Rico. He's been with us for nine years now.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bristlecone Pines on Mount Evans

There is a stand of bristlecone pines on the road up to the top of Mount Evans, Colorado. On this day we found ourselves in the clouds well before we reached the top of the peak.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Ha Ha Tonka

Here are some more photos of Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State Park. First is a view of the spring from the top of the 250 foot bluff where the Castle remains sit. Yes, the water really is that color.


Next is a shot of where the spring emerges from the ground. On a later visit we talked with some folks who were scuba diving into the spring. They told us the hole goes straight down for 75 feet before it levels out under the rocks.


One of most haunting sites, especially at twilight, are the ruins of "The Castle." These ruins are all that is left of a mansion built in the early 1900's as the summer retreat of a wealthy Kansas City family. The house burned down during the '40s and all that survives is a stone skeleton of the building.


The stone used to build the house was quarried from the bluff on which it sits. A track was built and mules were used to haul the stone from the quarry to the building site.


The old quarry is mostly filled in with almost ninety years of debris. Here is what the quarry looks like today.

(Click on the photos to see larger images. Click the "Ha Ha Tonka" label to the right to see more of Ha Ha Tonka.)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Orange and Black Butterfly

From the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri.