Many lakes sit amid the sandhills. The hills are but a few dry years away from deserthood, but where it is flat the water is so close to the surface that cattle ranching is possible, and year-round marshes and lakes are scattered everywhere.
I've become interested in tiles, terra cotta, brick pattern design and other ornamentation on the brick buildings of St. Louis and have a second blog as of August 09 called St. Louis Mosaic at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are new here, you will find some tile pictures and other ornamentation from the past month, the origins of this interest.
If you are only looking for ornamentation, you might as well just go on over to St. Louis Mosaic, where I am adding new stuff all the time and bringing over copies of everything that's here as well.