Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

Hidden on St Louis University’s campus, the MOCRA shines. Open to the public. 

From the balcony

The shadows accentuate this piece

A special collection

La Pasion – Michael Tracy

Bernard Maisner – this is hope

Maisner. Inspired by cytokinesis

Jonah inside the Whale

More shadows

Pieta – Thomas Skomski


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Digging Deeper into Missouri

I continue my journey to see all of the 90+ Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.  Some of these places are incredibly remote.  I just can’t imagine many people visit Clark’s Hill or the Osage Village. I am pleased to say that I have.


State Capitol and Historic Site


Clark’s Hill: Confluence of the Osage and Missouri Rivers.


Along a glade


Coffee in Cole Camp


Looking for the Bison


Prairie State Park


Truman Lake and dam


Harry S. Truman


February Forests Filled with Flying Birds

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Just an ordinary Saturday…

I traveled across Missouri for a Science Olympiad Tournament, stumbled on to a state park, and discovered a little coffee shop. Not a bad day. 

Knob Noster gets its name from a few hills (called knobs).  Noster means ‘our’ in the indiginous people’s language from this area. 

Hiking in the winter means no ticks, no mosquitoes, and no other people.  Peace. 

Discovery Trail

Knob Noster State Park

Found Art

One of several lakes.

These are not the correct knobs.

This stream floods the road often

Friendly, welcoming place

The coffee passed the test. Excellent

Pastries. I tried the kolache.

The Wright Stuff

Tower Building


Burnt Ends just like butter

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Missouri State Parks 

Missouri has 91 state park sites, and I have visited 54 of them.  I plan on exploring some each month in 2017 to visit them all.  I got an early jump on the project.  December 2016. I particularly like the black and whites.  It’s a little strange to me mixing the b/w with the color, but why not.  

Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site

Historic Downtown Blackwater

Rural roads of Saline County

Sappington Cemetery State Historic Site

Three Former Governors ‘Rest’ Here.

Outside of Boonville

Iron Kettle of Boonslick Saltworks

Boonslick State Historic Site Salt Creek

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Historic Site

Governor Dunklin Grave Site SHS

Bat box at Dunklin Grave Site on Mississippi River

Van Meter State Park bottomlands.

Scott Joplin House SHS

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Christmas at Six Flags

Six Flags introduced a new holiday season. Some nice moments…

Red poo emoji?

S’mores were available in s’mores land

Santa’s cabin

Charming areas around the park


Candy Cane Land

The call him, Mr. Freeze.

The Palace and light show

Away in the manger.

Angels lead the way to Santa?

Two iconic images

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Art of Rwanda 

My friends from Kigali returned to my school today.  They bring art, dance, singing, music and stories from their culturally rich country.  Pacifique travels the world telling his story to support his NIYO Cultural Centre. The organization keeps kids off the streets in Kigali and in school. 

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November in the Sun

A brilliantly sunny November day lured us to one of Missouri’s best state parks – Meramac.  Although I didn’t notice a single bird, we did find a wasp carting away an immobilized spider, a woodchuck basking in the sun, frogs glistening in Sheep’s Cave, and tadpoles and minnows dancing around in the creeks.  The Sycamore’s stark white bark reflected the bright rays of the sun in a spectacular fashion.  A chilly morning hike followed by lunch on the river and accented by the exploration of a cave provided us with a stunning backdrop for a day out with friends.


algae covered fungi


miniature puff balls


the third mushroom


a thin violet line


deep reds of fall


bracket fungi


let them be…


from the Fern Trail


from the inside out


Indian Cave Trail


The Meramec River


A nursery of young Sycamores


bands of autumn


the marker


floating away




ice cold wading


no visitors allowed


A journey to the center of the Earth


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