After my search of the perfect flower, I realized that the city I live in has a lot to offer to a careful eye. I have lived in St. Louis for about two years, and our relationship has not always been great. In fact, it used to be a love-hate relationship… Moving here from Hawaii has been tough, for what place can compete with Hawaii’s lush and heavenly paradise scenery? However, St. Louis has quietly grown on me over the past year and a half… Its tree-lined streets are inviting, its cafes always buzzing with people, its parks accessible and inspiring…
St. Louis doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves, and its reputation fight is an uphill battle. In this and a few upcoming posts, I will try to reveal a different St. Louis – not the one of crimes and poverty, but the one of peace and beauty.
Even one of the most dangerous cities in America becomes pretty in springtime…
I find beauty just a few steps from home, on a street filled with morning light
Nature is the most talented artist – every tree, every flower is a work of art
Tricolor: pink, blue, green
Poor spruce! Not as flashy as some of her neighbors, she feels left out in this feast of spring and color
Startled by his lifelike gaze, I say hello to the boy
Flowers on tree trunks never fail to amaze me!
St. Louis is the city where the angel of harmony lives in peace with the street graffiti
Colorful character in the park
Forest Park – the heart of St. Louis… It is amazing, beautiful, and bigger than Central Park in New York!
In the shade of Forest Park trees, you forget all worries and learn to enjoy the moment
Sometimes all we need to appreciate something is a new perspective…
The tree of life
After a charge of positive energy, I am leaving the park for Missouri Botanical Garden
Feel like visiting Japan? The cheapest option might be the Japanese Garden!
A coy koi
Peace and tranquility are guaranteed here
Haiku is fitting:
Thus spring begins: old
new errs invented
After refreshing stay in the garden, I am back to roaming the streets…
An afternoon snack of Iranian nuts: crunchy almonds and walnuts, ancient figs, delicious red pistachios and sweet mulberry
An inviting corner: sit down, weary traveler, and enjoy your surroundings for a moment!
The brilliance of water
A work of art or a forgetful biker?
The afternoon sun heats up the streets; time for me to retire for now…
I am convinced that St. Louis deserves a second chance. Are you?
To be continued…