Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Into the Sunset

After shooting pictures at the Fort I went for a walk through downtown Fort Scott, Kansas. The sun was beginning to set and I looked west down this street and saw this reflection of the sunlight off these buildings. I normally don't like to shoot into the sun but I liked this effect. After I got home and played with it (remember this is RAW) I kind of liked the way it turned out.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

In the Middle of the Night

Have you ever had one of those nights were you wake up and start thinking about work or problems and just can't get back to sleep? Well last night was one of those nights. So I came into my "office" looked around and found a projector bulb that I had always wanted to take a picture of.

I set the lamp up in a pair of spare hands holders, set it under a lamp and got out the camera and my macro lens. These are the results. They are in jpeg as I forgot to reset the camera back to RAW.

It was fun but I would rather do it sometime other than 3 in the morning!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Fort Scott National Historic Site is located in, appropriately enough, Fort Scott, Kansas. I took these pictures Saturday under threatening skies and it kept sprinkling on me. It was near dusk with some interesting light creeping out of the clouds.

The fort was constructed over several years from 1842-1846. It was the gathering point for the Kearney expedition in 1845. Dragoons from the fort fought in the Mexican War in 1842, the U.S. Army returned to the fort in force in the Civil War to insure Kansas and Missouri remained free states. In the 1870's, the Army again returned to the town of Fort Scott, this time to protect workers building a railroad across disputed land.

I have discovered that I love the plains states. There are so many overlooked photo opportunities here. Most of them I discover from places like the AAA travel guides or the state information areas.

These are the first photos that I have taken in RAW. It was a different experience. I am still experimenting. I only have Elements so perhaps if I had full blown CS2 it would be different.

Sunday, February 25, 2007


Caught this gentleman enjoying a warm day in the Master Gardener's spot at Nathaniel Greene Park. Wonder what thoughts are going through his head?

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Ominous Clouds

The weather in Kansas was rather stormy most of the day today. After the seminar at Pittsburg State University I drove north toward Fort Scott to get some pictures of the fort in the last light of the day. Well on the way up there I was stopping to take some pictures of the low hanging clouds with various farm structures and trees. When I got home tonight I looked at one of my pictures and saw this odd thing on the left. I wondered why it was getting so windy. I was concentrating so hard on getting my composition I didn't notice what was going on. Needless to say the wind died down after I got back in the truck and I drove on a little further oblivious of what may have been on the left side of this picture.

What do you think it is? I am still not convinced of anything.

Update 2-25, I think Lori actually came up with the explanation see the comments for details!

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Clean Up Continues...

The clean up from our massive ice storm continues. These are some scenes from the tree trimming going on at Close Memorial Park. One of the little loaders had a slight problem with a heavy load and was trying to get itself back on all fours. I have an Olympus C-740 that I try to carry in my truck. I usually carry it with me on my lunch time walks. It takes really nice pictures and covers well when I don't want to take my SLR out.

I am posting on Friday evening for Saturday as I am actually going to a photo seminar at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas tomorrow. It will be good to have a day away from work.

Capitol Square

This Church sits right accross from the Capitol building in Jefferson City. The whole area is quite nice. Forturnately they did not suffer the major ice damage we had in the southern part of the state.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Capitol Stairway

This is the stairway leading to the west entrance of the State Capitol of Missouri in Jefferson City. The day was absolutely gorgeous. But any day in the fifties is nice in the middle of February.

Jefferson City sits on the banks of the Missouri River. In fact, the Capitol building is on a hill overlooking the river. It may be one of the best located Capitol buildings in the country from what I have seen. Of course I am a little biased in my opinion.

As far as the picture goes I wish I had taken a little more time to get everything straight. I was in a hurry as my wife had finished her pictures and I had two teenagers impatiently waiting in the car!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


I took a trip back to the archives for today's post. This is from my August 2006 trip to the Badlands, Nebraska and Mount Rushmore. This was taken in one of the flower gardens at Mount Rushmore. It caught my eye as I was leaving the main viewing area. Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills/Badlands area provide many photo opportunities that are well worth a trip.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Portrait of a Friend

An artist friend of my wife's asked her to take some pictures that she could use on her website and exhibitions. I don't normally take pictures at these instead serving as my wife's assistant. I asked to take a couple of shots and this is my favorite. She was looking out of the north window in her studio with the reflected light of a snowfall throwing a lot of light in.

Yes, picture taking is a joint hobby my wife and I share. It gets kind of confusing who started first but I usually give her credit as she first got into it seriously. She was kind enough to let me join in. So far I haven't gotten her interested in a blog, but she enjoys reading and seeing everyones.

When our artist friend gets her site up I will post a link to it.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Missouri State Capitol

We made a trip to my brother's home near Jefferson City, Missouri yesterday so why not make it a photo opportunity? They still had some snow on the ground from their heavy snows back in December.

I had to stand in the middle of the street for this shot, fortunately as you can see, there is little if no traffic on a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

2007 Lawn and Garden Show

Yesterday was the annual lawn and garden show at our local fairgrounds. The lighting was not real good and I didn't want to use flash. I am afraid the one of the fountain is a little fuzzy but I wanted everyone to see what was probably the most impressive display there.

Just remember Spring is coming......

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Morning at Rushmore

This picture was taken last August on my way out of Mount Rushmore National Monument. There is a spot you can pull over and take a picture of the side profile of Washington. Something different from the normal shot you see of all four Presidents.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Wishing for Spring

Seeing all of those Valentine Day flowers has made me want Spring to arrive. This weekend is the annual Lawn and Garden Show. Hmmm, I wonder if there would be any photo ops there?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Day after Valentines

I took several pictures yesterday of various Valentine related items. They will speak for themselves and I hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

On the Edge

Another picture from last fall at HaHaTonka State Park. I hope to get out and take some current pictures again soon. In the meantime enjoy some photos from the "archives".

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


This picture was taken last fall at HaHaTonka State Park. An unknown gentlemen watches over the ruins of the HaHaTonka Castle.

Nature Center

We are fortunate to have a wonderful nature center in our fair city. Gives people a chance to get out with the animals. I wonder how well this guy is paying attention.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Power Plant

With the recent ice storm here, a sunny picture of a functioning power plant is a good thing.

Saturday, February 10, 2007


Found this unique building on the north side of Springfield. It is on Kearney Street which is the old US Route 66.

Signs of life

After what seems an eternal winter, there are signs of Spring and new life.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Virginia Creeper

This picture was taken at HaHaTonka State Park near Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. This Virginia Creeper vine caught my attention on the old rock wall of the castle ruins. This picture was taken in September 2006.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Western Nebraska

There is something about the Great Plains that really intrigue me. Most people speed thier way through Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas on thier way west to the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. I prefer to linger. There are so many interesting places and people to meet.

The photos I have posted today are from a trip I took to western Nebraska in August 2006. I hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Testing the waters

Adding a few more photos to the old blog. These were taken at one of our local parks.