Seeing Merlin the lion at the National Tiger Sanctuary in Missouri was magical. The big cat was rescued from life as a prop in a magic show. For a while, all he knew of life were the hard walls and floors of a concrete basement. Our guide told us that when he was first turned out into his new home, he was afraid of the grass; afraid the ground would collapse under his paws. Today, the handsome cat looks very content with his life and very unafraid of his big bright world.
Hard to believe this is our 800th post. We’ll celebrate with shots of the Gateway Arch at St. Louis, Missouri, taken Friday, June 13, 2014. This magnificent and oh-so-photogenic arch will do some celebrating of its own next year, marking 50 years. Some interesting facts about the arch: http://www.gatewayarch.com/experience/arch-facts-faq/
We are fortunate to live in a time and place where we can read and comprehend the messages around us.
Flying is miraculous. How those mammoth metal tubes stay in the air is still amazing. However, traveling by car allows one to see so much more. The two-seater, rag-top trip to the upper Midwest produced a bevy of signs. Alas, the we missed capturing most interesting one, south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which read: “Private dirt pile. No trespassing.”
Others from our trip: