While there are many wonderful acres of savanna, woods, water, garden and lawn in Forest Park, I would estimate that about 10% of the land area there is impermeable. Buildings, parking lots, tennis and racketball courts, the bicycle paths and sidewalks, plus 11 to 12 miles of streets, not counting the half mile of Forest Park Parkway or the 2 miles and three major interchanges of I64, make for a lot of runoff when it rains and a lot of vehicle noise at all other times.
Today I transported myself silently through the park on the most efficient form of transportation known to man (or woman for that matter) providing both the engine and guidance system for my two-wheeled travel. And as I rode and roamed, I thought about roads and Rome (not really about Rome - that inserted itself somehow). So I stood on the Tamm Avenue overpass and photographed cars on the highway. Traffic scenes need lots of cars to show urban congestion, and allowing the cars to blur creates the feeling of hurried motion, typical of the hectic pace of urban life, but the cardinal rule of traffic photos is there must be a red car somewhere in the photo. The only thing better than a red car is two red cars. The only thing better than two red cars is three red cars. You need to see the photo.