days of drenching rain – A Haiku and Reflection for Hayao Miyazaki – Spring Poetry

days of drenching rain
deep greens against grey, like scenes
from miyazaki
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Some days of steady rain have finally come to St. Louis, turning the grass and stems and leaves to the most alarming shades of green, alarming with delight and wonder that is. When the rains come, I am always astounded by how vivid the greens and the other hues of the flowers are against the grey skies. It may be my favorite sort of light. In addition, aurally, the sound of either a steady rain against the leaves or the drip, drip, drip of the last cloudburst off of them seems to drown away the noises of the city. On these days the dark, wet tree trunks almost seem sentient, putting the final touches on a scene that seems quietly mystical, the sort of scene which Miyazaki captures so evocatively in many of his movies.

A Garden in the City – CityGarden on Easter Saturday – Downtown St. louis, Missouri

This past Saturday I went down to the magnificent CityGarden to try to capture one final shot for a photo contest entry, which I did successfully and which is included amongst these 21 shots. It was a warm enough day that some children were already playing in the splash fountains. And the park staff had put out brightly colored plastic Easter eggs, which combined with the blooming trees all made more the park more colorful than it already is with its whimsical and serious statuary. In addition to these touches of a color, there was a bride and groom doing a photo shoot, there was gentleman (dare I say a hipster gentleman) who was sitting with a leather messenger bag and smoking a pipe and reading Hemingway, and there were children gleefully, picking up the eggs and opening them only to find that they had not been filled but were just there for decoration. Finally, this set of photos also includes a lot of one of my favorite things, reflections, including one shot with a double reflection.

In addition to all these elements, these photos also include glimpses of Erwin Wurm’s Big Suit, Jim Dine’s Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels, Mimmo Paladino’s Zenit, and Igor Mitoraj’s Eros Bendato, among others. If ever you are in St. Louis, you really must visit.

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This Year’s Batch – Easter Eggs for 2014

The deal is that my niece and nephews paint them, some years I help hide them, they find them, and then we have little photo shoots. This year we did not really bother with the hiding and only Miss G’s Easter eggs really had the je ne se quois quality that belongs to a photogenic Easter egg, so these are all hers. Nicely done. Easter egg tossing by my brother. And no eggs were harmed in making of this…oh, actually one was but “Shh!, we are kind of keeping that a secret!”

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