Wisdom of the Universe

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in STL. Today we are expecting anywhere from 8-11 inches of snow. Not fun.

I was sooooo happy to get out yesterday and take my camera and stop at one of the Buddhist Temples. I needed to see some sunshine. To use my camera. And to find a little inner peace.

This pose really spoke to me. I had to get closer and just grab it. With this mudra the index finger is supposed to represent your individual consciousness while the thumb is meant to represent the universal (or world) consciousness. When you bring these two together it symbolizes the unification of your individual consciousness with that of the rest of the world.

The universe always gives us what we need…..and this was exactly what I needed yesterday!


Depths of Winter

I don’t know about where you are, but we are still in the midst of Winter. 
I know the calendar has already said it’s Spring and the Groundhog even said we’d have an early one at that, but no, it’s still winter. It’s cold. It keeps snowing. It’s windy. As much as I love creating Winter portraits, I am ready for Spring. For color. For sunshine.
Maybe I need to become one of those people who spend their winters where there is sunshine and warmth. And I guess my camera needs to go with me!

Jefferson City, MO {Capitol and Museum}

I absolutely love to visit Jefferson City, Missouri.  There is so much to see and visiting the Missouri State Capitol Building is always fun. The capitol building was built in 1917 and is quite impressive. They also have the Missouri State Museum inside the building and I always find new stuff to look at and enjoy. The museum is home to a lot of the state’s natural and cultural history.
Currently inside the museum they are exhibiting Civil War flags. They have 135 flags in their possession, but only have 7 of them on display at the present time.The flags are around 150 years old and are falling into disrepair, so the staff has been working to restore  and conserve the integrity of the flags. It costs about $30,000 to repair and conserve one flag! They do not recreate any missing pieces, they are keeping the original condition and design of the flags. They are framed so that no one can handle them and it allows for easier transport of the flags and keeps them from deteriorating any further.
The architecture and the details of the building, inside and out, are truly spectacular. If you ever have a chance to visit the Missouri Capitol Building I suggest you do so. The building is located at 201 W. Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101 and is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, except holidays. 
Missouri State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO
From the display in the museum about flags.
Civil War miniatures in the museum.
Inside the capitol building….lots to see.
Love the lines in this one….
Outside the capitol building.
Statue of Thomas Jefferson with a church and the American Flag (and an eagle) outside the Missouri State Capitol Building.

Summer Beauty

St. Louis is hot in the summer time. I know, I know…there are places that get hotter. Like the Sun. But still, when you have heat and humidity it makes for a terrible day. On this particular shoot day it was dreadfully hot…and humid. And yet, my beautiful client never complained. Even when she got swarmed by mosquitoes at the pond. Even when a dog ran up and grabbed the flowers out of her hand and started chewing on them.

I love it when people just roll with whatever happens and manage to still look this incredible. She is just lovely. And I adore her hair!