Monday, December 18, 2017

Temporary Angel

There was a little Christmas pageant and pot luck dinner last night at St. John's Episcopal Church, where daughter Emily and Ellie attend. Three small girls, including our own. were dressed as angels. While the outfit isn't always appropriate for her, they played their roles well. The three of them, but Ellie most of all, performed impromptu interpretive dance in the sanctuary during the carols.

The bottom picture is a phone cam shot by Emily.   


Sunday, December 17, 2017

First Time On Ice

We took Ellie to the holiday rink in Kiener Plaza yesterday afternoon. First time on ice skates. The little kids can have a double-bladed model and this sled-cum-walker to hang on to. After entering the rink under the watchful eye of the SLPD, she found that she just loved it.

Her mother, Emily, hadn't been on skates in at least twenty years and found it very difficult. Mrs. C and I wouldn't even consider going out there. (I never learned and I'm too old to start.) But this kid, who is nearly fearless, has a lot of promise.     

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Geometry Of Parking

Just walking west on Walnut, almost to Broadway. There is a lot of rhythm and energy in the scene, IMHO, even something a little Cubist.       

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trompe l'Oeil

A French art term, literally to deceive the eye. The idea is to depict in two dimensional space something three dimensional and to make it look very real, and often at the same time impossible. Here is an example

There is something of that here: Arch reflections in two curtain wall buildings with different color glass. The one on the right is a block behind the other.      

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday Arch Series

Haven't had one of these in a long time. After nearly eleven years of this project it's hard to find a new perspective but something new may get your eye just walking down the street. Taken on Chestnut just east of Broadway, next to a bank building.

No, nothing to do with McDonald's. They aren't golden.      

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Downtown buildings: shape, color, wiggly mirrors, sunset.

Sitting here Tuesday evening watching the Alabama senate results come in.  I can't hold my breath long enough.       

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In Honorem S. Ludovici

You don't need to have been a poor student of Latin like me to translate this: in honor of St. Louis. This town, not just le roi saint, could use a few honors. We have something of an image problem.

This is part of the facade of the Old Cathedral, under the Arch on the edge of downtown.