Wednesday, July 13, 2005

A Hurricane Visits the Midwest

The spent force of Hurricane David crept up the Mississippi Valley, enveloping the city in fog and mist, a respite from the summer sun. Under these humid conditions, St. Louis' geographic coordinates seems to move south, transforming it into a lush locale. The blooming mimosas and lady cigar trees (catalpas) furthering this illusion. And in the alleys, Chinese transplants, the ubibiquitous Trees of Heaven, turn an urban landscape into a jungle.