Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Porches of Silverton, Colorado Part 5, A Collection

I am once again reaching back into the archives to my Colorado trip. I have wanted to make this series since I took them. It is a good thing I have them because I have not been able to get out and take too many pictures lately.

This is one street in Silverton. I loved the quaint little houses which probably all looked the similar when they were built as miner cabins.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Porches of Silverton, Colorado Part 4: A Most Unusual House

I am not quite sure how to characterize this porch. The "tunnel" is the porch, but then so is the little cupola. This partially underground home was to weird to pass up.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

First Snow, Part 2

Some additional shots from the "first snow" of the season.

Hope everyone has a good start to your week.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

First Snow!

There is nothing quite like the first light snowfall of a fall season. We woke up to this this morning and it looked quite refreshing.
A nice way to kick off the holiday season.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Porches of Silverton, Colorado Part 3

Although not an open porch this one was among my favorites of Silverton. A practical porch for a city at 9,000+ feet.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Native American Pow-Wow Missouri State University

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today's shots were taken in the McDonald Arena on the Missouri State Campus. The Native American Pow-Wow was sponsored by the University's department of Ethnic Studies (Not sure what the official name is).

These are a proud people and I won't get onto my soapbox of how I feel they have been treated in American history.

I thought this series was appropriate for Thanksgiving weekend.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Porches of Silverton, Colorado Part 2

This was probably one of the largest porches I saw in Silverton. I love the blue and white together. This is one of those shots where the porch looked best in context with the whole house shot.

I hope everyone has a great start to the week. I wish everyone in the US safe travels at Thanksgiving and a happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the one holiday everyone at my home enjoys the most. Yes, my girls like it better than Christmas.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Porches of Silverton, Colorado Part 1

Silverton was like a treasure trove of unique little front porches. Each house had it's own style of porch. Some like this one were decorative, others were more functional at 9,000+ feet There were absolutely no cookie cutter houses here.

This porch was nestled in a bunch of Colorado Blue Spruces and as all the front porches in Silverton had a great view.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The End of the Season

The trip to Warrensburg marked the end of marching band season. We had a really good year placing high in each of the competitions we entered. The band instructor commented on how the band was one of the easiest he has had to work with. What he meant was there are no problems from a behavior standpoint. I think he has learned not to do a big trip because the band now attracts students that want to be in the band for the band and not the trip.

This picture is of the Odessa, Missouri band. They had some great photo props as the back drop for their performance. What an ink jet printer huh?

Hope everyone is having a good week.

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Promise Fulfilled - Part 2

This set of pictures kind of illustrate the color problem this year. The colors are very muted or brown this year. Last year was the most colorful year I can remember and this year is probably the least colorful I can remember. On top of the late turning due to lack of cool temperatures, then we got a freeze that was severe and basically turned everything kind of frozen brown.

Oh well, it kind of goes with this year and the many weather extremes we have had.

The pictures were taken near Osceola, Missouri on Truman Lake.

I hope everyone has a good week.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Promise Fulfilled - Part 1

I promised Stacy, a blogging friend who lives in Taiwan, some fall color pictures last summer. Little did I know at the time how poor the colors were going to be this year. Well last week going to Warrensburg we finally hit some color.

These two shots were taken on the University of Central Missouri campus. The sculpture is of a couple dancing. I will leave the rest of the interpretation to you.

In part 2 I will show some scenes on Truman Lake.

Happy fall Stacy!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Giants This Way Pass

Its approach I first see,
a blinding light on the dark monster.
I can see birds fleeing its path,
cars race to get out of its approach.
Leaves on the fading fall trees launch into the air
as the blast of its mighty exhaust frees them .
It speaks its presence at each crossing,
getting louder as it closes.
Standing on the station platform
the ground begins to shake,
the throb of its diesel engines drown out all other noise.
Its horn blares its presence to all.
Suddenly the great locomotives pass.
The sound of metal against metal sings in the winds of its passing.
The noise dies to leave the sound of the metal wheels
and the breeze of each passing car.
A clack on the track counts each one of the cars
and sings a hymn for each one.
One, two...a hundred and the storm passes
and fades into the distance.
The sound of birds, dogs and children playing returns
as the giant heads west.

Monday, November 05, 2007

University of Central Missouri

We attended our final marching band competition for the year at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. It was a beautiful fall day and I finally got to see some fall color on the campus.

The band did very well with high scores. They took first in the prelims and a close second in the finals. The top three bands were all outstanding and I wouldn't have wanted to be a judge at this competition.

The top picture is of the bell tower from the stands in which we were sitting. The second picture was after prelims when everyone was making a mad dash to get to the restaurants first.

I hope everyone is having a good week.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Holly, Kansas

I love small towns because you find some of the most wonderful small buildings like this one. I would love to know the history behind this building. This was taken, as the title suggests, in Holly, Kansas on my way to Colorado. Most people try to get through Kansas as quickly as possible. I always try to linger a little while.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.