Sunday, June 09, 2013

Old Friends



Teresa and I were working on doing some long needed repairs to our old picket fence in Fort Scott and I looked at a couple of tools I was using.  I have had these two Black and Decker tools since Teresa and I got married 32 years ago.  I bought the orange saber saw to start my first model railroad layout and Teresa got the Workmate to use in her furniture refinishing.   I really don't know what I would have done all these years with out either one of them.

Today they were manufacturing pickets for the old portion of the fence.  This section has the arrowhead design you see in the one mounted in the Workmate.  The ones you buy now are the government safety version.  They have blunt picket heads.  I simply cut those off and made new ones to match our fence.

In one of my old Eric Sloan books I read that different parts of the North East had different style picket heads for each locale.  Ours most closely match Connecticut's style if I remember correctly but even they are not exact.  Perhaps this is truly a Kansas style...

Tomorrow hail damage repairs begin in earnest at Ozark Photos West.  Our new roof goes on and then the fence gets painted.


Thursday, September 08, 2011

After Hours - Fort Scott


The Nu Grille


The Buffalo Grill



Fort Scott, being a smaller town gets quiet after about 6pm. When I drove in town the other night from attending the Four States Photo Enthusiasts Meeting in Joplin the other night it struck me that it would be fun to photograph Fort Scott after hours or when the lights come on. What I didn't count on is how colorful after hours could be. Hopefully this will be the first of a series.

Monday, August 29, 2011

An Evening With Mr. Graham






About 6:30 this evening my friend and co-worker Steve texted me that Mr. Graham was over and visiting with them. Steve and his wife Kendall purchased the old Stout house here in Fort Scott and are restoring it. Mr. Graham was the son of one of the ladies that worked for the Stouts and he grew up in the home's "servant" quarters although he says he felt like a member of the family. He is a wonderful story teller and at 90 is a jewel of a person to be with. I was able to catch a few shots as he pondered and recalled the stories of his past. The final shot shows RK with Steve and Kendall.

It was a wonderful evening and made me long for the days when my grandparents were alive and we sat around hearing their stories. Everyone has a story to tell if you will just take the time to listen.





Monday, July 18, 2011

Return to the Xeriscape Garden



Teresa and I were able to spend a little while at the Master Gardeners Xeriscape Garden in Springfield. Long-time readers of this blog will know this has traditionally been one of my favorite spots to shoot. Even in the blistering heat of an extraordinary hot Missouri summer this garden is beautiful.
I hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ozark Photos West

I thought it was about time to show everyone a summer view of my little house in Fort Scott. We are enjoying it immensely to the tune it is taking away a lot of photo time! This is a view from the back corner through the rose garden to the newly renovated screen porch. I fear the little white porch on the back is next. That will be a little more involved job for yours truly.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Scenes Around Fort Scott: 1


Miller Feed is just west of downtown on Wall Street. Fort Scott's iconic brick streets provide a nice leading line into the feed store. I know this is the place to go for your animal feed as everyone at work talks about going there!

The image was finished using Silver Efex Pro.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Up Close and Personal





I had an opportunity to play with my macro lens the other day around the house in Springfield. The fuzzy images are the result of bringing a cold lens out on a really warm and humid day...it fogged up! A secret technique. Don't tell any one!

The bottom image is a lichen growing on my fence. The others are ferns and Queen Anne's Lace growing in the backyard.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Joplin Tornado - Two Weeks Later


Looking West down 20th Street


The Battered Joplin High School

Driving North on Main (Hwy 43)


Saint John's Hospital

Teresa took these pictures as we drove around Joplin after the library event (see last post). This is two weeks after the tornado. Already there are signs of recovery amidst the destruction. For one thing the streets are clear. All major streets are open, but neighborhood streets are closed and guarded. Debris removal is the primary task right now but construction and repair is already very evident.

Volunteers are everywhere. The response is great. FEMA seems to be doing everything right this time. Temporary housing is already arriving. Processes seem organized. It will be exciting to see Joplin rise again. Every indication is that she will rise to the occasion and emerge perhaps stronger than before.

Take some time to go to Joplin and spend some money there. Most of the city remains and they could certainly use the $$$ to rebuild.

I am proud to be an Ozarker and I am even more proud of Joplin.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Joplin Tornado Recovery - Library Volunteers






The May 22nd F-5 tornado that hit Joplin destroyed most of the East Middle School. The librarian at that school was able to save about a half of the collection and members of the Southwest Area Region of School Librarians pitched in to sort through, clean and determine the condition of the remaining collection. Teresa is a part of this group so I thought I would join in. I only had a few minutes to snap some shots of the work being done as I had to keep up the flow of boxes of books to about 30 librarians. It was a remarkable day at the Spiva Library on the Missouri Southern State University campus.

After we finished there Teresa and I took a driving tour through Joplin. All I can say is it is remarkable anyone survived this storm. Such total destruction on a scale I have never seen before. Many of you will remember my visits to Greensburg, Kansas after they experienced an F-5 tornado and this destruction is as bad and complete as that.

Teresa was able to snap a few pictures as we drove through but with people struggling to survive and work I just didn't have the heart to stop to take pictures. Didn't seem appropriate.

Take care and God bless Joplin.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Fort Scott National Historic Site



It has been a long winter. Sunday it finally warmed up into the upper 60's and the weather was very mixed. Driven by inspiration from the Student Association of Photographers seminar I just attended at Pittsburg State University I ventured forth and the photography angels smiled on me. As I drove the 5 or 6 blocks to the fort a brief rain shower ensued and then the sun briefly broke through. These are the images that were captured.