Against all odds, the last of five cottonwood trees planted several generations ago is still alive. The debris from when it was hit by lightning has been cleaned up since 2016.
Things are looking good around the family farm, even if it has been a dry summer. The barns are now surrounded by grass and corn.
Located far up the Illinois River, where it bends to the east north of St. Louis, DePue sits on a lake off the main channel. The town has some amazing slipcovers on its old buildings in the downtown. This old… Continue Reading
Update: Thanks to a reader, this has been identified as Mount Vernon, Linn or Cazenovia Cemetery. Occasionally, driving a lonely back road, we come across a cemetery without a name, and we stop and photograph it anyway. This cemetery, with… Continue Reading
The river crossing at Henry Illinois over the Illinois River is a massive “Pennsylvania Through Truss” design built in 1933, replacing an earlier wood bridge. Since river traffic still makes it this far upstream, it must be high enough to… Continue Reading
Sorry about the bad picture, but I was just thinking about this: in America, these trees would be toast, cut down and burned or thrown into a shredder so the road could be widened and people could speed recklessly. But… Continue Reading
One of my favorite architects is Francesco Borromini, and when I was in Rome, I sought out the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, famous for the architect’s designs for the campanile and tambour over the crossing. Try as I might,… Continue Reading
I had the opportunity to visit a truly spectacular religious and historic site in Bologna the last time I was in Italy, the Complex of St. Stephen, which is a series of seven churches meant to be a recreation of… Continue Reading
The famous globe still sits as the centerpiece of the park, and the nice weather brought out thousands of people in the long avenues of the greenspace. The Queens Museum is nearby, as well.