These pictures were taken from the same spot on the Gateway Arch grounds, looking north toward the Arch. The top photo was taken in October 2014, just before workers started removing all of the rosehill ash trees that lined the walkways. The ash trees were threatened by the emerald ash borer, and for that and other reasons, … Continue reading Old Trees, New Trees
They're making some progress on the Arch grounds. More than a year ago, contractors for CityArchRiver project started cutting down all of the ash trees, and when they did that, they closed off all of the sidewalks that criss-crossed the park. Just in the last couple of weeks, they reopened some of the sidewalks, and today—sunny, … Continue reading Back To The Arch
On the edge of Albuquerque, N.M., are the Sandia Mountains, the tallest of which, Sandia Peak, towers over the city and dominates the landscape. There is an aerial tram that runs from the base of mountain (elevation 6,559 feet) to the 10,378-foot crest, and I'd wanted to ride it ever since I learned of its existence. … Continue reading The Sandia Peak Tram
Near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Highway 44 in St. Louis stands the Compton Hill Water Tower, built in the 1890s to improve water delivery to city residents. The "guts" of the tower is actually a 140-foot-tall, six-foot-diameter standpipe. The city found that somewhat unsightly, so the brick and limestone tower was built around … Continue reading Compton Hill Water Tower
This land belongs to the gulls And the gulls to their cry And their cry to the wind And their cry to the wind —David Gray Michigan City. It's a town of about 30,000 people, nestled in the northwest corner of Indiana, across the bottom of Lake Michigan from Chicago. My family has vacationed … Continue reading Seagulls And Sunrises
It was 10 years ago tonight—July 19, 2006—that I had the best seats I've ever had for a baseball game, and it was one of the wildest nights I've spent at the ballpark. My brother, who at that time worked for Anheuser Busch, which at that time was one of the better employers in St. Louis, somehow … Continue reading The Game After The Storm
There have been 161 posts on Shoulblog so far. And the one that, by far, gets the most traffic over time is About That Statue, a series of pictures of the Lewis & Clark Statue on the St. Louis riverfront. The statue, named "The Captains' Return," was somewhat unique in that it was regularly inundated … Continue reading The Captains’ Return … Returns!
This picture was taken 20 years ago this week. It was back in the days of film, when you’d shoot a bunch of pictures, and then you wouldn’t know what you’d gotten until you saw the prints a few hours or a few days later. The occasion was a Coast Guard ceremony for the decommissioning … Continue reading Inspecting The Troops
One blog post a week. That was my goal for the year as 2016 started. Ahem. It's now Groundhog Day, and this is my first post of the year. "Getting back in the habit" is harder than you might think. Anyway, before it recedes too far in the rearview, here's a look back at 2015, … Continue reading Pictures Of 2015
Woke up, peeked through the blinds, and all I could see in the sky was red. Checked my phone: 4:58 a.m. Plenty of time to get down to the beach for some pictures before we had to finish packing and clean up. Threw on some clothes, grabbed my camera, and hustled down as fast as … Continue reading Sunrise On The Beach, Continued
...And that means there are 100 pictures in my picture-a-day blog, Shoulpix. Well, not exactly. I've missed a few days, and I've made up a few days, but I don't think I've made up as many as I missed. But to apologize, I'm giving you this post at half the regular price! Anyway, these are … Continue reading It’s Been 100 Days Since Christmas…
I had some time before work this morning, so I took a walk around downtown to take some pictures. I gravitated toward Busch Stadium to see how "Ballpark Village" is coming along, visit the statue garden, and see if the yard looked ready for baseball. Well, it might be ready, but it's hard to tell … Continue reading Ready Or Not, Baseball Season Starts In One Week
Oh what fun it is ... to leave the flash on while you're taking pictures in a snowstorm!