Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sundays in My City - Morpho Style

The Butterfly House
Faust Park, St. Louis

Lunch is served!

Unknown Mami
Have you heard of Unknown Mami? She has a delightful blog where she shares photos of her city on Sundays. She invites the rest of us to link up with her and share some of our own city's photos. Click on the logo to visit Sundays in My City!

I live in St. Louis, Missouri. Welcome to my city!

Ed has been volunteering at The Butterfly House (click above) and decided to take her posse for a Saturday afternoon adventure. It's been a little rainy/gloomy/humid lately, causing her pictures to look as though they were taken in a steam bath. They actually were taken in a steam bath, but this bath belonged to butterflies!

Over 1,000 blue Morpho butterflies have been added to the collection this month. Their color, as evidence above, is magnificent! Because there are so many of them, it was a little difficult to catch them while at rest. They don't rest. They are so excited to be here, they cannot control their erratic and mesmerizing dance. Here are a few more pics of this beautiful creature.

The House also has interactive exhibits like this! Ewwwwwwwwwww! Those suckers are huge!

Feel free to pay a visit to The Butterfly House! Have a sensational Sunday!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Reflections - Girlfriends

Every Friday through Sunday, Newtown Area Photo sponsors a meme where a gazillion photographers, amateur through pro, can showcase their work using a "Reflection" theme. I love to see the different points of view that people have, and the truly amazing pictures that they take.

The photo is of two girlfriends who are each taking a picture of the two of them. In the left sunglasses lens, you can see the reflection of the arm of the friend on the left, as well as, the hand and camera of the friend on the right. I humbly admit that I did not take this picture, but a relative of mine did! Does that count?

I just want to thank Newtown Area Photo for sponsoring this meme every weekend, and allowing me to participate. Please visit here and prepare to be entertained by some truly gifted artists!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Celebration Trip

This past weekend, I flew (on an airplane, not my broom) to Ontario, California. I chose Ontario, because it's the closest airport to Corona. Why Corona? Well, I heard there was a huge party happening in Corona, and I really wanted to be a part of it.

The party was at Pat & Joan's house, although Pat was not in attendance. You see, Pat left this world in December of last year. His new adventure took him to a place where the waves are narly, the dudes are totally awesome and the surf is up 24/7! Knowing that he was doing what he loved made the toasts with Budweisers much more fun and meaningful.

There were hugs, kisses, tears and recognition of long time friends; and that was just family members! The alcohol flowed freely, the beans, rice and quesadillas never ran out, and to the amazement of moi, nobody got least not in my direction! But the best part of the whole day was living Pat's life through pictures that had been lovingly attached to poster boards.

Pat touched the hearts of everyone he met. He made people feel like they were his best friends. There were neighbors old and new, high school buds, co-workers, and grown men and women who spent the best days of their youth playing Hide and Seek and riding bikes with him. Stories of embarrassment, encouragement and events that were kept secret until now, could be heard coming from every room in the house, as well as the Oingo Boingo Lounge itself. The "Lounge" was Pat's special place to relax, watch TV, play card games and entertain friends...and it was located in the garage!

During the height of the party, we were greeted with rainshowers. The showers increased and were joined by thunder and lightning. We all couldn't believe the unusual weather for February, especially the lightning. It was the consensus of all that Pat had joined the party and was thanking everyone for coming.

I spent the following day with Joan, her friend Carly, and Joan's children. We bathed in the predictable sunshine and blue skies that follow Southern California's rainstorms. I think my brother, Pat, was there with us. The day was perfection in it the purest form.

It was a great trip! I wrote this at the suggestion of Mama's Losin'It via her Writer's Workshop blog. Click here or on the logo below to visit Mama Kat, and check out her stories, and some of the other stories that were written by her fans!

Mama's Losin' It

Do you have a favorite trip?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wordful Wednesday - Name These Mountains!

I was out of town for the weekend and captured this picture the day after a HUGE rainstorm that included thunder and lightning. These mountains are rarely seen by visitors, let alone residents, unless there have been showers.

Stop by and say hello to Seven Clown Circus as she shares her delightful escapades with the rest of us every Wednesday! Click on the above blog name, or simply click on the following logo.

The San Bernardino Mountains are rarely seen because of the smog in Southern California. This picture was taken in the city of Corona while I was visiting this past weekend.

Hope you have a Wordful Wednesday and make sure to click on some of the other visitors to Seven Clown Circus!