Graffiti is most often painted on deteriorated buildings, alleys and parking lots. As a result it is highly vulnerable to destruction. Last Sunday, Terry and I explored the River Market area in search of graffiti Terry and I remembered as a wonderful site of some noteworthy graffiti. Terry remembered it was in the River Market area. We found it, sort of! In an alley just East of the Broadway Bridge, we found remnants of the art, most of it behind a high fence that obstructed my view almost completely.
Located between 2nd and 3rd streets, it is worth a visit, if only to record that which will soon be lost to us. I do not begrudge Kansas City development activities, but will still miss this wonderful wall.
As with much of Kansas City’s graffiti, these paintings in the River Market, exist on the fringes of our community. They are, very much a part of our culture, proof that wonderful art is available to all of us. Happy hunting!
It is a glorious season at Kauffman Gardens. The fall flowers are in full bloom or blooming. The air is cool.
It is a busy time of year in the garden. Not only are visitors spread throughout the garden, the insects are everywhere. they seem to thrive in the cooler weather. In their ways, the insects are as fascinating as the garden that attracts them.
Monarch butterflies are in abundance, with their brilliant orange and black wings and spotted bodies.
While incredibly destructive in large numbers, this grasshopper was all alone, enjoying the banquet that surrounded him.
This wings of this moth were so pale in color they seem to have disappeared from the page. However, the photograph reflects, its yellow body matched the flowers that surrounded it.
Not as vibrant as its neighbors, this moth is a sharp contrast to the colors of the vibrant pink and green.
The bees everywhere were busy as they darted from flower to flower. None of the insects paid the slightest attention to each other or the human visitors. All of them worked hard as though their own survival–and the beauty of the garden–depend on their work. Probably they do.
Hope you find a bit of nature to enjoy and explore. Happy weekend.
Observing life through Sophia’s 3-year-old perspective is quite an experience. This is one of my favorite pictures of her, because she seems so “in the moment” even though you can only see her feet. For those unfamiliar with the Nelson, the last photo of her clearly reveals her location!
Sophia loves to dance. Constantly in motion, she seemed inspired by the Rozelle Court fountain, as she did the fountains throughout the area.
Lovers of art themselves, mom and dad ensured that Sophia actually toured at least the Nelson’s main gallery area.
Here is Sophia standing beside–instead of hiding behind–the Nelson’s famous shuttlecock.
Our visit was soon over, but we hop Sophia treasures her memories of Kansas City and family as we treasure her.
During one of Sophia’s infrequent trips to the U.S. from her home in the Netherlands, Terry and I wanted to share with her some of our favorite places.
Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park is one of my favorite Kansas City parks for children. There is plenty to amuse any 3-year-old. The park has:
A Sea Monster
A pirate ship
A chance to “steer” the ship
And much more. Great fun for the young and young at heart.
Sophia visited us with her parents for 3 weeks in July/August. We tried to show her all our favorite places in Kansas City. Here she is at Kauffman Garden:
Beauty and beauty.
Sunday breakfast is all about the ritual of exploring Kansas City neighborhoods and finding local restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. There is something truly special about finding one-of-a-kind places to eat. It supports the local economy and gives us the opportunity to really savor the tastes of Kansas City. In recent weeks, we have visited a variety of fascinating coffee shops that are worth a second visit:
YY’s is within walking distance of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, but miles apart in attitude. It is a “dive” in the best sense. The food is good, the maple syrup is real, and the few customers who fit in the confined space seem to represent a microcosm of Kansas City.
The Roasterie in Brookside is “Bean Baron” Danny O’Neill’s coffee shop that features his own locally roasted coffees, and a wonderful assortment of rolls, croissants and even desserts. It is wonderfully suited to the charm of neighborhood near our home. Danny travels the world in search of great coffee beans and has worked hard to perfect the art of fine coffee.
Hi Hat focuses on the Pembroke Hill School crowd. Parents drop by Hi Hat after dropping their kids off at school. Students visit the coffee shop before and after school. Too small to have much room inside for customers, except in the coldest weather there are often people gathered on the tiny front porch visiting and enjoying coffees, frozen drinks and muffins or rolls.
We have so many great places to explore here in Kansas City. It’s not only important to support our local businesses, but it’s just so much fun!
Kansas City is at its most beautiful in the Spring. Mom is at her best when Meg visits. Meg’s visit this week combines the best of my worlds: Spring and Meg!
Meg showing off her shopping prowess.
Meg enjoying a latte at Eddie’s Coffee House on State Line.
Meg and Ann with Casey on the bridge over I-670 in downtown Kansas City.
Graffiti can be found throughout Kansas City. Recently I discovered another treasure trove of graffiti art. Hope you enjoy it.
Clever, don’t you think? I wish I knew the artist, but you will see s/he is identified immediately below the shark in the third photograph.
It’s Spring, or so the calendar tells us. In Petaluma the trees are flowering, lemons are growing, Meg and Jake take long walks by the ocean.
Here in Kansas City, the trees at Loose Park tell a different story:
Yes, the calendar says Spring. The weather says winter. Our third significant snow fell yesterday and into the early morning. It is beautiful. We are close to ending the drought. Eventually our gardens will be grateful for the extra water. But today, drive ways need to be shoveled and cars are stuck in the road.
But, hey, it is still Spring.
At about 6:00 p.m., February 19, I heard an explosion at my home by Loose Park. The local news almost immediately began coverage of a gas explosion at 48th and Belleview at JJ’s Restaurant. The explosion caused serious damage to the restaurant. The resulting fire leveled JJ’s and caused damage to adjacent buildings. The extent of the damage was not yet known.
The death of Megan Cramer and the injuries to others in the area was tragic. The fact that most had left the area due to warnings or the smell of gas is no comfort to those who suffered loss.
Terry and I visited the area last Sunday morning. The damage done to JJ’s, the salon next door and the building to the North of JJ’s is evident in these photographs.
Our hearts go out to those who were affected by the explosion. JJ’s has always been a favorite, and the people and atmosphere will be missed.
Yesterday, Perceus, the dog that fled the salon next to JJ’s as a result of the blast,was found. He endured the blast as well as life “on the streets” through two significant snowstorms that paralyzed the city in late February. After a visit to the vet he has been returned home. It is good to have some happy news in the midst of the tragedy.