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May
26
May
25
  • Bathing Eagle (Mad Bird)

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    We visited the World Bird Sanctuary near Valley Park, MO this weekend.  While there were many opportunities to photograph the birds there, this series of an eagle bathing in one of their enclosures is a favorite.  When I looked at the first photo I immediately named it “Mad Bird” because of the expression and the positioning of the wings.

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Mar
17
Mar
12
  • Yankton Bridge, March 2016

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    Connie and I were recently in Yankton, SD and saw this bridge over the Missouri River.  It is now a pedestrian bridge but has an interesting history, first built to serve a railroad and autos then converted to autos only and finally for pedestrians. I have the originals of these photos but thought I would try a slightly different treatment for these photos to emphasize the details of the bridge. The image below is in a small park on the […]

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Jan
1
  • Hollyhocks and Feather Beds

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    As I noted in an earlier post, both of my grandparents’ homes were heated using wood stoves.  While the homes were very livable, the use of a single wood stove did leave some rooms colder than others.  In my maternal grandmother’s home, the living room and one bedroom were warmed well by the wood stove.  The kitchen was usually warm from the cooking that occurred there, with a wood stove in my early childhood  and an electric range later.  This […]

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Dec
30
  • Childhood Memories – The Black Belt

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    When I was a child, the world was different – not necessarily better, but definitely different.  We were taught there were winners and losers (and opportunities for losers to try again to become winners); there were doers and idlers (and doers were what made things better); and if you did wrong, there was a price to pay. Some would say that there was a level of discipline then that is missing today and to a large degree, I agree with […]

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Dec
29
  • Childhood Memories – Wood Fires

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    While many people dislike the smell of smoke from a wood fire and open burning is prohibited in many places, I find both the aroma of a good fire and the atmosphere it creates to be enjoyable.  It doesn’t matter if it is in a wood stove, in a fireplace, or in a campfire outdoors.  This probably relates to my early memories of wood burning at both of my grandparents’ homes.  Both heated with wood stoves as long as they […]

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Dec
28
  • Childhood Memories – The Sled

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      Earlier this year my wife and I visited Art Hill in Forest Park to watch people using their sleds, snow disks, snow boards, and other things (even just sheets of plastic) to slide down the hill below the Art Museum.  Surprisingly, with the number of people trying to use a relatively compact area, there didn’t seem to be any arguments, disagreements, or serious collisions.  The hill was used by people of all ages and sizes and all seemed to […]

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Dec
27
  • Childhood Memories – Green Tractors

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    Model D Model 730 All through my childhood and through my college years my father worked as a mechanic at our local John Deere dealer.  In those days it was common for children to visit their parents at work and while we didn’t have all of today’s safety rules, I don’t remember anyone ever being seriously injured during these visits.  Some of my earliest memories are of the used John Deere Model D tractors parked outside the dealership waiting for […]

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Nov
10