The church above is the San Miguel Mission, the oldest church structure in the United States. The original adobe walls and altar were built around 1610, and although it was partially destroyed several times during its existence, those walls still stand. There are more beautiful churches in Santa Fe, but none shine under that beautiful … Continue reading A Few More Santa Fe Pictures
With just three days left in his term, the first President Clinton declared seven new "National Monuments" by executive order, setting aside large areas of environmentally sensitive land and ensuring that they would receive federal protection from commercial development. (The move wasn't popular with some western politicians, who didn't want to see their states' land … Continue reading Kasha-Katuwe
Near the small town of Chimayo in Northern New Mexico is a chapel called el Santuario de Chimayo. Built in about 1816, the chapel is a National Historic Landmark, and is well-known for the supposedly curative powers of the dirt that visitors can dig from a hole in the chapel floor. The chapel is a destination … Continue reading El Santuario de Chimayo
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!
...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!
It was a nice enough morning, so I went over to Tilles Park to see how the ducks and geese were doing. They're doing OK, it seems.
I've been in Louisville, Ky., the last three days for work; a couple of evenings I've been able to explore the downtown area a bit by foot. Here's some of what I saw.