Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Most Colorful House




Today we return to Eureka Springs briefly to look at what I think may be the most colorful house I have ever seen. Looking like a miniature "painted lady" this house was sitting along Spring Street. I decided to get the full wide angle look so you could see the whole thing. Sorry for the deep shadow on the porch but it was taken when the sun was still well up.


I think the owners of the house are of course of the artistic type, which many of us as photographers are. So how would you paint your house? I am more of a subdued artist. Mine would maybe have the variations but they would be subdued colors such as earth tones. Greens and browns or tans.


I wonder who lives here and what they are like. Something to ponder on what is so far a rainy Saturday. It is early in the morning and I am making sure my girls get to their early drum line competition.




Friday, March 30, 2007

Spring Explodes

Although we are far from our last average frost date, Spring is exploding accross the Ozark Mountain area. Everywhere you look you see new growth. People are working in thier yards again.

These little mayapples (that's what I call them) were photographed coming up along the Ozark Greenway Trail. It is always a thrill to see the new life of Spring.

What do you see exploding around you? Let me know.

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Rail Train at North Yard


I have decided to post some of my favorite train pictures. This was my first ever competition entry at the Southwest Missouri Camera Club. I got lucky on this picture. It was taken with the trusty old Olympus C-740 from the Commercial Street footbridge. A "rail" train was coming in for the evening and pulled into the yard trackage to get off the mainline. Fortunately they went to track 1 which created this neat snaking effect.

When I say a "rail" train I mean that literally. This is a work train which carries welded rail to different sites on the rail road.

Hope you all have a great Thursday.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

People Shots - Eureka Springs


I actually took a couple of people shots when I was in Eureka Springs. These are random people doing things tourists do in Eureka Springs. As you can see motorcycles are the big thing there. It is a popular mode of transportation because of the narrow winding roads, not only in town, but the highways getting there.

Several of you have commented about having been in Eureka Springs. As far as I can tell little has changed in several years. The Crescent Hotel, Christ of the Ozarks, Passion Play, and the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railroad are still there.

This will end the official tour of Eureka Springs. I may yet sneak a picture in here or there, but will move on after today. (Maybe)

Have a great Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Spring in the Ozarks

This photo was taken in Indian Creek Park in Arkansas. It is a variation on a theme of the white sycamore against the blue sky. All the pictures on this trip were taken in RAW format and then "developed" in Elements 5. I am still trying to get used to this but I do find that the pictures really pop out better when they are done this way.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs


They were getting ready for a wedding in this room at the Crescent Hotel. The reception was going to be held in this sun room and the actual ceremony in a Gazebo just to my right. Boy, did this couple luck out on the weather.
The Crescent had these beautiful tulips planted all over the site.
Just a personal note; my wife and I started our married life together here 25 years ago. It was good to be back. Teresa got some great pictures inside the reception area. It is fun doing this together.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Eureka Springs, Arkansas




The girls are off to a drumline competition in Nashville, TN so my wife and I decided to take a photo expedition to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Here are some of the shots I took. Eureka Springs is sometimes called "Little Switzerland" since it is mainly built on steep mountain sides. It reminds me of some of the Colorado towns.

Today was absolutely gorgeous. It was warm and sunny and everything in Northern Arkansas was exploding into bloom.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Train Day



With Anna and Carmi's recent train related posts, I decided I would get into the action. I captured this "Heavy Freight" on the Missouri and Northern Arkansas near Nathaniel Greene Park the other day. Traffic on this line is typically on demand or once a day whichever is less.


As light as the traffic on this line is; it is still always a joy to hear the throb of EMD diesel engines and the wonderful horn as it makes it way by the park.




Friday, March 23, 2007

Memories....

It is funny how at certain times something will just strike you in a different way. I was doing my usual lunchtime walk yesterday and there were these small violets growing next to the trail. I snapped this one picture of them...nothing special. I spent the rest of the walk thinking about why I took that picture.

There are certain things that evoke strong feelings and emotions in a person. Have you ever been someplace an picked up a certain scent such as a perfume your Mom or a former girlfriend may have worn. Certain foods can bring up strong feelings due to your memories. Perhaps those memories are good or perhaps not so good.

These violets reminded me of my Grandmother. She always loved violets. I remember her talking to my Mom about about them when I was small and we used to walk around her yard talking about flowers. I loved those walks and still carry them on in my own yard without either one of them. Can't seem to get my own daughters interested in yard work or even the flowers, with out the work, so the walks will probably die someday. But this little violet brought back a lot of memories today.

I hope your Friday is full of good memories.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Tunnel Vision

If I could have only got someone to sit in the park bench at the end of the tunnel. This shot is taken on the South Creek Greenway Trail looking back into Close Memorial Park. There is a small creek and it runs under Scenic Street and the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad tracks. The scene is tranquil now but you can imagine what it is like during a heavy rain. The trail has its own tunnel just to the left which serves as additional storm drainage during the rains.

I hope everyone has a great day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Waiting

This scene was shot on the South Creek Trail near Nathaniel Greene Park. In the valley is an old farm. This vulture was huge, sitting in a tree near the old farm silo. I took the shot at full telephoto and was pleased with the 3 dimensional effect I got from it. The day was heavily overcast and moody. I think the vulture and the day fit together.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Fallen


I have looked at this fallen tree for days trying to figure out how to get a good picture of it. I like the shape and color of this tree that was cut off as a result of our recent ice storms. Finally yesterday the sky was heavily overcast and the light seemed right for the picture, gone were the bright shadows and contrast the sun was causing.
It just goes to show that nothing is forever. Sometimes things pass before thier time. I think of the soldiers not only in Iraq today, but those who have fallen for our country in wars past. I thank them and thier families for thier sacrifice.
I hope everyone has a great Tuesday.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Sunday Stroll

Well I finally got out to take some pictures on Sunday. Took a stroll at one of our newest trails at Lake Springfield. This is a very nice but somewhat short trail that takes you along side the north shore of the lake.

I snapped this shot because the white of the sycamore tree contrasted against the deep blue sky.

I hope everyone has a good beginning to thier week.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Remnants of a Thunderstorm

Another shot from the Badlands trip. This is the remnants of a line of thunderstorms that came through that day. It was taken at sunset the first night I was there.

It is hard to imagine the wide open spaces of the American West until you are there. And it really comes home to you when you are there at sunset and sunrise. It really, really makes you think about it when you are there after dark and you can look out and see almost no lights anywhere. It is refreshing to go to some of the lesser known National Parks. We have been to many of them, unfortunately before we really got into photography. We do plan to go back to many of them however and this time take the camera equipment.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Sunrise, Sunset...Badlands National Park


Sunrise.....

and Sunset....

I took these last August on my whirlwind personal photo field trip to Nebraska and South Dakota. Four days on the road doing nothing but taking pictures. It was great!


As I have stated in earlier posts photo competition judges don't seem to like sunrise or sunset pictures. I think it is due to the fact everyone does them. Anyway I think they are missing something.

Look closely at the first picture, hopefully you can click on it and make it bigger. There is a tiny sliver of a crescent moon and the planet Venus in the shot. They quickly succumbed to the rising sun.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday. I am posting this just after midnight and then I am going to bed.

Train Watching

This shot was taken some months ago in Aurora, Missouri. These are the local switchers which were sitting in town. As I moved toward them the flock of pigeons took off and I snapped the picture. It's always fun to get a picture of something ordinary in a little different way.

I am actually taking a day of vacation today. I am hoping to get some pictures in but have a bunch of stuff on my to do list before I can do that.

Hope everyone has a great Friday.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Morning Fog

I took this picture right outside my office yesterday morning. Our plant is located near a small creek and quite often when the weather is right the fog settles in the plant area. This pine tree was damaged in the recent ice storm and has taken on a kind of windswept appearance. Often I can see deer, skunk and other wild things across this open space. Since I can't get away from work to take pictures I did the next best thing and just took a shot at work.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Small Village in Germany


Continuing the pictures from my Germany trip. As I said in the previous post I have no idea what the name of the town I was in was really called. I stood near one small village and took this picture of another. They almost all had one of these castles in the middle of it.
I guess by now you have figured out that I have not had a chance to take any pictures so I am digging back in the archives.
Hope you have a great day.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Far Away Flowers

The reason I titled this photo "Far Away Flowers" is multiple. First, since this shot was taken in Sept 06 the flowers have disappeared a long time ago. Second, the picture was taken at a small flower garden along what I thought was a walking path in Germany. I thought it was a walking path until a car came trundling down it. It was only wide enough for one car anyway.

I got the priviledge of going over to Germany to do some work and I used day one to catch up on my rest. That evening I took a walk and snapped a few pictures with my trusty Olympus. Didn't want to risk my DSLR on the plane.

Anyway there were these great flower gardens along this path and the countryside was beautiful. I wish I could tell you where I was but I was never quite sure because my German is almost nonexistent. Somewhere east of Bad Soden in the hills. It is quite an experience to go wandering in a place you don't speak or read the language!

Hope you all have a great day.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Going in Circles


I was out walking on one of the local trails at lunch the other day and saw this perfect circle that was probably left by one of the Bobcat's doing ice storm clean up work. I walked on past it and thought about how it describes some of the days that I have.
Anyway to make a long story short I decided on the way back to take a picture of it. Not very artistic, but it is unusual I thought. It is so easy to let your life disinegrate into a series of running in circles. Sometimes you have to step back and think about what you are doing and take a chance on getting out of that circle.
With all the budding flowers out there and Mike had to go and take a picture of some tire tracks. I bet you guys think I am nuts.
Take care and have a great Tuesday.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Meyer Library


Missouri State University has a number of excellent facilities, one of them being the Meyer Library. This is the front stairway between levels. It is wide open with the really neat translucent paneling. Very simple and very classy. My wife and I decided there are a lot more photo opportunities down there so we may be making a return trip when we have some more time.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Careful in the Woods

I am not sure what kind of tree this is. I believe it may be the trunk of a hawthorn. The trunks of these trees are covered with thorns from the ground up. Wouldn't want to run into one of these.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Frozen in Time

Along one of our local walking/running trails there is one section of concrete that tree leaves had fallen into when it was still wet. This is just one of the instant fossils that was formed when these leaves and the wet concrete mixed.


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Leafspring

This photo was taken on an old steam locomotive on display in Pittsburg, Kansas. The locomotive was a Kansas City Southern yard switcher. The leaf spring you see here provides the suspension to the main drive wheel below it. Steam locomotives are fascinating machines. They are almost alive. Each one has a unique personality. Old engineers tell me that some were easy riders, easy to fire. Others were just the opposite. An engineer would typically have his favorite locomotive.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A Simpler Time


An old zig zag split rail fence is located in Nathaniel Greene Park. These were easy to build and stood up to weather well. I say easy to build, I don't know if I would want to be the one splitting the rails.
Fences are a human's way of marking his (or her) territory. I put "her" in parenthesis as I think the fence is more of a male thing. Futurist Faith Popcorn (what a name) states that future homes will be walled fortresses with security cameras and all. Sounds exciting huh?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Shadows

This was an experiment I did on the Route 66 field trip. It turned out better than I expected. Hope everyone has had a good start to their week.


Monday, March 05, 2007

Bishop's Deli

This photo was taken during one of the field trips I took with our local photo club. This is along the old famous Route 66 through the heart of Southwest Missouri. This particular restaurant was decorated like an old soda fountain. It had the best hot chocolate which was good since the morning we took these photos it was extremely cold outside.


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Sisters


I took these photos during a Christmas photo shoot with my wife. As I have stated before I don't take too many people shots but these two were a lot of fun!


Saturday, March 03, 2007

Everything Ages

I saw this hinge on an old Barn at Nathaniel Greene Park. I like the way it looks. Reminds me that nothing stays new. Everything ages and eventually passes on. Comforting thought isn't it.

My wife and I are organizing the quarterly competitions for our local camera club. (Web site to the right - check it out) Phew what a job! We finished our judging phase today and it was very enlightening. I would encourage everyone to enter photo competitions either through a local club or online as many of you do.

I hope everyone has a great Sunday.

Spring River Valley Near Verona, Missouri

One of my passions is trains and railroading. In fact this blog would probably be full of train pictures except I force myself to work on other things.

This picture was taken near Verona, Missouri in the Spring River Valley. I have several pictures of this particular train. I am sure the crew was thinking "there is that train nut again."
On this particular picture I focused on the warning signs as an experiment. I wanted to bring out a sense of warning or discomfort.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Kansas War Veterans Memorial

This is another in my series of photos from southeast Kansas. This picture was taken on the campus of Pittsburg State University. They have a beautiful memorial there honoring veterans of wars from Kansas. It is set up similar in ways to the Vietnam Memorial but with more infrastructure. It was a very solemn place and for a rather cool and very windy day there were many people visiting.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

What is Missing?





Ok just a warning to you, this post is going to be more of an editorial or comentary than a photo post.


What is missing on the face or back of the coin? The four words that are the basis of the founding of our nation are missing...In God We Trust. Ok, to be fair, they aren't missing from the coin just missing from the front or back. I for one don't like it.


These are the new presidential dollar coins. Coin collectors are nuts about it primarily because of where they did put the words "In God We Trust." Those words are now on the edge of the coin. I think those crucial words are less noticeable and that the Treasury has moved them to get people used to not seeing them. Just my personal feeling and fear.


Perhaps I am wrong...what do you think about it? Tomorrow I will get back to pictures. Just a change of pace for today.