Friday, October 30, 2009
Two large murals picturing the history of printing and developments in the field of news, made of highly colorful 6 inch ceramic tiles, are on the eastern exterior wall of the Southeastern Missourian newspaper building in Cape Girardeau. The paper commissioned the murals, completed in 1947, from the Mosaic Tile Company of Zanesville, Ohio. You can (or will shortly be able to) find more details on my blog St. Louis Mosaic. Pictured here is the first mural, The Art of Printing, as well as several individual tiles from that mural. The colors are rich and the murals are filled with detail.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
This wonderful scene is near Arcadia, historically a summer colony for city folk. Tamm Sauk, Mina Sauk and Johnson Shut-ins are also in this beautiful area of Missouri.
The park is surrounded by mining operations, and many of these boulders contain patterns of drill holes, the first step in reducing granite into building material. Also easy to find are many chiseled names and initials of miners proud of their skills.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
As we get closer to leaving St. Louis for the frosty reaches of New York State, the part near Canada, not NYC, we are getting serious about seeing the rest of Missouri. Well, at least the things that have lingered on our list for months.
Such as: this weekend we are finally going to canoe the Current. The colors ought to be at their best.
Which reminds me, if you live around St. Louis these are the precious few days to go up the Arch and get an eyeful of the leaves below! Double wow!
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 8:29 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I have featured Citygarden several times here since it opened this summer, and so has Bob Crowe. These pictures will give the viewer an idea about where Citygarden is located. I took them from the Arch on Saturday, a much needed, extraordinarily beautiful sunny day in St. Louis.
The first picture is a close up. Inexcusably, through some hidden brokering, someone(s) permitted the Peabody company to plant a skyscraper in the middle of the public park and garden aisle of center city, so you can only see the south side of the two blocks that make up the garden. Behind it, to the west, is the monumental Robert Serra sculpture, in a block of its own in front of Civil Courts Building. How I wish someone would design and execute landscaping that would make the Serra pop!
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 6:11 AM
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
This fortunate find in Jefferson City MO has great coffee, food and music. The owner is the cook, and he warmly greets strangers and regulars alike.
A good review by Opulent Opossum is here: http://opulentopossum.blogspot.com/2009/08/coffee-zone-aka-yanis-coffee-zone.html
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 7:43 AM
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Clark owned York; he was given to him by Clark's father. In literature and diaries he is variously called a manservant, "body servant", "my black Servent", my boy york". Because he was a slave he was not paid when the Corps returned. He was married to a woman who was enslaved by someone else and could rarely see her. He was not freed by Clark for at least ten years after the Corps returned.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 12:08 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The sculptures on the site, Lewis and Clark Trailhead Plaza, were designed by Sabra Tull Meyer, Missouri sculptor.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 5:43 PM
Monday, October 12, 2009
It is a long way back to St. Louis from Valentine NE. We stopped for the night in Omaha and took a couple hours on Sunday morning to look around, finding a stiltwalker on the plaza in front of the convention center.
Six figures, a gigantic stainless steel clock and assorted shiny globes comprise the wonderous and colorful composition Illumina by Matthew Placzek of Omaha.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 5:12 PM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
These pictures are from early October 2004 when I came to the Sandhills to find Mari Sandoz. Old Jules, her biography of her father, is a favorite of mine. This marker is at the site of the Sandoz sod house and homestead, south of Gordon and 122 miles from Valentine. The other photos on today's post are from that trip, here or nearby.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 6:57 AM
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Joli the Dog was curious but somewhat afraid and not much interested in inter-species communication with the equines, and not at all the predator that she became when she caught sight or smell of the mule deer or white tails.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 4:59 PM
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
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.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 4:17 PM
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I have dreamed about canoeing on the Niobrara. We had a great day on the water.
There are Mule Deer in the river in the last photo; blow it up for the full effect.
Posted by Merry@Syracuse at 8:56 PM