Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
We have a truly outstanding photographer on staff here at the seminary, Mark Polege, and he recently took a photo from a unique angle which I just love. At the east end of the main quad we have a large flower pot filled with water, a fish or two and some water plants. Mark saw the reflection of the tower in that water and took a picture.
The other night, Wednesday the best weather night of the week, we hosted the president of Concordia Publishing House for a climb to the roof of Luther Tower and some appetizers and conversation down below at the end.
Three quarters of the way up was a stop at the Carillon keyboard and a short concert by John Klinger. And then up the iron spiral stairs to the roof we went.
Over the bells and still climbing
Ah, at last
A 360 view of the entire St. Louis area
Looking toward Downtown St. Louis
Downtown Clayton an island in a sea of trees.
Then down we went.
A view down the wall of the tower to the place we'd end up the evening.
All of a sudden there appeared Noah Comfort Dog
And surprisingly coincidental, a group of Concordia Publishing House interns who were being a tour that night.
We've had a family of hawks on campus the past month or so, a mother, father and two young birds. The adults feed the young for several months after birth even though when we saw them they looked full grown. The babies (I'm callling them babies because they are still unable to survive without parental feedings) would fly around and sit up high in trees or on Luther Tower or rooftops or buildings. Sometimes they ended up on the tall radio tower. Then they would scream and scream and scream to let the parents know where they were so food could be delivered. Food being other animals like squirrels, rabbits and small birds.
Today we discovered that one of the young ones flew into one of the chapel windows and died. The Hawk hit the window so hard that he/she left an imprint of itself. A sad story but the imprint on the window is amazing, the detail is so sharp it is possible to see the eyes, feathers and body.
There is supposedly a regulation which requires a call to the department of conservation when an animal such as these hawks die. The body must be disposed of in a certain manner-supposedly-and no feathers can be taken and neither can it be taken to a taxidermist to be permanently displayed. We don't know all this for sure, but it does seem fairly correct.
Gayle and Mark one of our 4th year students, picked up the hawk and showed the wingspan.
It's quite sad to see the end of such a beautiful bird.
If you enlarge the window picture you'll see the detail he left behind.
The seminary began back in 1839 in a small log cabin in Altenburg Missouri. Yesterday afternoon we had the opportunity to visit this cabin while on our way to Jackson Missouri for the installation of one of our recent graduates. This old cabin is part of a Saxon Memorial in Altenburg.
Dale and Missouri district president, Ray Mirly stood for a picture.
here's the 1926 version, built by the grandson of the man who constructed the first.
Other than summer classes and rain, the seminary campus has a couple of things going on that make things interesting.
A couple of weeks ago several of the main campus buildings lost power and after some investigation it was determined that it was not a transformer but a whole long length of underground electrical line gone bad. These are found way down under and in the tunnels which run under the campus and meant having to replace over 400 feet of line. Some of the buildings have been serviced by generators, others by somehow borrowing power from a working building. Yesterday the new line showed up.
They look like little spools of thread, but are huge when you see them in real life.
Also our edible gardens have begun producing like crazy even with all the rain. So yesterday our grounds director, Gayle, led two different tours for students of where vegetables and herbs can be found.
A welcome relief from all the stressful things going on all around us.
Last night's storm which was right up at the top in intensity, saw one of our campus trees shredded and scorched by lightning. The scary part of this hit was the location, right along the road where people walk and drive all day long.