12/11/12

The Pole

I'm astonished that utility poles are still in existence. I am. I had expected everything to be wireless by 2010.

You know I'm lucky. I had a close encounter with a lodgepole pine pole around the corner from my house while walking Beau. It was really exciting because this particular pole has some unique markings. I stalked it for a few days. Beau was completely indifferent but he did lift a leg to provide more marking.

Lodgepole pine is a fast growing evergreen.

For those of you who find hidden messages everywhere you won't always be my baby.

Diaper Bond in Bricks

This is off the noose: A diaper bond design on bricks instead of bricks used in the diaper bond.

I know! I'll change the gray background color but only when I get some time.

  • 11/16/12

    Driving with Darren

    My Friday afternoon outing with Darren took us to this corner: Cates and Clarendon in north St. Louis where I spotted the mini turret. Our tour was limited to the area bordered by Goodfellow, Delmar, Page, and Kingshighway.

    Across the street from the turret this abandoned four family:
    This building baffled me. Someone started to apply white paint on the top right and stopped. The board up wasn't completed. Can you see how the arches and the quoining resonate.

    Those bricks are gold.

    Darren applauding the gold brick:

    The third corner:
    We drove on. Look closely at the columns on the front of this house on Raymond Ave. The capitals had blown out and were covered by siding. No shit, check that out! This was the first time I've ever seen blown terra cotta capitals. I'm guessing the very top of the capital was exposed the freezing water and it blew out the seams. See the other photos below that support my theory.
    Truly exceptional brickwork on Raymond Ave:
    Blown out capital and a view of the armature:
    Brick retaining wall on Academy and Raymond:
    Fluer-de-lis above the porch:
    Take a drive on Shawnmut for some unique Arts and Crafts homes:
    Most shallow building award. Check out the lack of depth:

    11/9/12

    Crows in Alton, IL

    Today Darren and I road tripped to Alton.

    I had been telling him about how the crows would gather in my yard at twilight when I lived on McPherson. It was a massive yard with dozens of huge mature trees and hundreds of crows came to roost every evening at the very tip top of the trees. Crows roost communally in the fall and winter.

    As I was telling this tale I noticed we were under a flyway with thousands of crows overhead. I asked Darren to stop so I could get some photos of them:

    Final application of the crows on my back by the exquisite Sean Baltzell of Tower Classic Tattoo. A reworking of an old Anasazi tattoo. It's still not finished. I'll be adding a colorful background in a few weeks.
    Other sights: Brick paved streets, metal signage near the closed steel foundry, three chimneys, The intoxicating brick of The Milton School, the cat in the curtain at Milton School and the drive home after dusk.
    Look closely. There's some interesting tuckpointing to the building. It's all vertical, very precise, and never extends into the horizontal joints.
  • Spooky.
    Bronze sculpture in the bathroom of Milton:
    Cat in the curtain:
    Darren Snow with a flying kid in the background. Darren had just said something to me that had me laughing so hard I fell on the passenger seat trying to get back into the car. I can't tell you what he said, I just can't.
    Genuinely curious I asked Darren: Do you think this building is going up or coming down?
  • He just laughed.
    The drive home.
    For Darren Snow who is smarter and funnier than I'll ever be.