5/23/2015

Best Friends

I have a huge giant tree in my backyard (which I like to call Liability, because if it ever falls down, it’s going to take out about two or three houses, mine included). It is home to a large, extended family of squirrels that enjoy performing acrobatic feats, invading bird feeders, and tormenting my pack of dogs into a frenzy. They are particularly active in the evenings, when I took this picture from my back deck, while I was watching baseball.

Squirrels, Spring, Trees, Wildlife, Nature

The fact that you can see this at all is pretty cool. Because it was nearly dark and you couldn’t make these guys out hardly at all in the original picture SOOC. But, it’s Saturday and squirrels are weird and fun, so here they are!

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5/22/2015

Abandoned House

I had two options with this shot. 1) Climb a hill that was way overgrown and probably infested with snakes and giant flesh-eating bugs or 2) opt for an “artsy” perspective, while staying relatively clean and safe on the gravel road below the mountain of death standing between me and said abandoned house.

Kimmswick, MO, Missouri, Abandoned House, Infrared, IR, Black & White

Sooooo yeah…I think we can see which option I chose. LOL

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5/21/2015

Sunbathing

I love to go to Kimmwick, MO, for their local festivals and to take pictures. Kimmswick is a tiny town on the National Register of Historic Places with about 150 or so residents. Their main strip is comprised of historic buildings, most of which now house tea houses, or small businesses specializing in handcrafted items. It’s very charming and they are famous for their Blue Owl Restaurant and their Apple Butter Festival. During some of these festivals, the streets will be jam-packed with visitors. I guess the locals get used to all the activity, because I found this fellow relaxing in his front yard, catching some rays, and watching the shoppers and visitors stroll by!

Kimmwick, MO, Missouri, Apple Butter Festival, Cat, Still Life,

I must have walked past this lazy resident a half-dozen times and he never moved much. LOL I guess you get used to a couple thousand people descending on your tiny township a few times a year. But, nothing was bothering him that day!

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5/20/2015

Wordless Wednesday

What does Silent Jay have for us today?

IR HDR Photo Grant's Farm St. Louis, MO

Wordless Wednesday

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5/19/2015

The Spring Tree

So, I’m working on a year long project. There’s this epically awesome tree at Jefferson Barracks National Park and I’m shooting it at every season.

So, without further ado, here’s The Spring Tree! LOL

The Spring Tree, Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO

If you haven’t been keeping score, here’s a look back at The Winter Tree. Which is the same tree, only in winter. Heh.

The Winter Tree, Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO

My mother-in-law loves this one. She has it hanging in her bedroom. I told her to wait until I had finished the set, but she didn’t want to wait. Ah, well, I appreciate the enthusiasm! Everyone else can find prints for sale on our Fine Art America page. Smile

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5/18/2015

Carondelet Park

I used to go to this park a lot more when I was first married. The Hubs grew up in this neighborhood and this park was his stomping grounds. That kind of carried over after we had kids of our own. But, when we moved to the ‘burbs and my mother-in-law moved to the ‘burbs, we kind of got away from it, favoring instead Forest Park or Tower Grove Park. But, Carondelet Park is a great park, too. It’s the park my grandparents played tennis and first met. It’s the park we were at when The Hubs proposed to me! I should pay it more attention! LOL

Stone Bridge, Horseshoe Lake, Carondelet Park, St. Louis, MO

The stonework in this park is so pretty and surrounding neighborhood is quiet and full of really pretty homes. With bike and walking paths, tennis courts, pavilions, and fields, there’s plenty to do.

They even have the mysterious “The Bear Pit” – which no one seems to know anything much about. It’s been rumored for decades that it used to be a place where they kept bears, but there’s no record of that. It’s just a big, empty hollow that has an old stone wall around it.

The Bear Pit, Carondelet Park, St. Louis, MO

Add the historic Lyle Mansion - the oldest frame house still standing within the city limits, dating from the 1840s - right there inside the park, and you’ve got a great place to visit!

Carondelet Park-3

OK, this summer, I vow to visit our old haunt much more often. Smile 

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5/17/2015

The Week in Review

The end of another week and this weekend started up our 2015 Renaissance Faire! Going to try to get some pictures of the Faire up ASAP, but first, let’s take a look and see if you missed anything from this week!

A weekly review of the posts from Shona Skye Creative

We kicked off the week on Monday with A Day at the Races:

Radio controlled RC Car Racing Race Track

Tuesday, we found an old, hidden footbridge leading Into the Woods:

Walkpath Foot path Bridge St. Louis, MO

Jay brought us an infrared Wordless Wednesday:

Infrared of Compton Water Tower St. Louis, MO

Thursday, we went Over the River to Grandmother’s house:

Stone bridge with ducks Carondelet Park St. Louis MO

Friday, the ducks were enjoying the end of winter by going Out for a Swim:

Fountain Ducks-1

And we spent Saturday Keeping an Eye on You:

Wall Mural South Broadway St. Louis MO

Tune in tomorrow and hopefully, I’ll have from great shots from Renaissance France to share with you soon! Have a great Sunday!

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