Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Children's Lit Fest - We Are All Still Kids at Heart

The children were not the only ones enjoying the books. This is actually a friend of mind who happened to be there helping his daughter who is a local elementary librarian.

He was pretty intense into this book until he noticed me pointing my camera at him!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Stormy Skies


Taken on the road from Chama, NM to Shiprock, NM. The sun was trying to break through on the rocks and the dark storm clouds were imposing behind them. It was truly a unique picture taking day.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Children's Lit Fest - Sisters



The other night I had the privilege of photographing the Children's Lit Fest here in Springfield with Teresa. There is a point where the children's authors do some talking, which was apparently too much for this young lady. Here sis is more than happy to point out her sister being asleep. Dad told me he plans to use this picture against her someday when her boyfriends come over.

Children's authors from all over the country come in to talk about their books. It is fun to meet and talk to these famous authors and the kids enjoy getting their autographs and photographs.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Collections

To celebrate the season and year we are moving into. This is a rather poor shot of my presidential button collection that I recently got out of the drawer and mounted. The buttons were so shiny I had a lot of trouble with light and reflections.

I got started in this with my Grandmother who was a staunch Republican. It would always shock me when she actually unwrapped from its protective paper a Democratic button to give to me.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Reflections on a Higher God

This is a photo taken at Washington Avenue Baptist Church on the Drury Campus. It is a well known predominantly African-American Church.

I have been struggling a bit lately with Church. Taking the photos of the Chapel and this Church have forced me to ponder my position and beliefs somewhat. We all go through life's ebbs and flows and I believe I am at one of those ebbs.

I hope you all have a good day today.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fountains

As you approach the OTC (Ozarks Technical College) Campus you are greeted with a huge fountain. Funds for this fountain were donated by local business owner John Q. Hammons. He loves fountains so there are a few around town. This one is probably the largest and most costly. I don't know the specifics of the fountain, but it must circulate water in the hundreds of thousand gallon range on a daily basis.

Many times you will find people playing in the water. On this particular night the temperature was hovering at about 60 so it was a tad cool.

I hope everyone is having a good week.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Stone Chapel From the South

After I saw the results of the last shot I moved south and got a more traditional view of the Chapel. It almost seems appropriate for Halloween with the trees casting their shadows.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Drury University's Stone Chapel

Springfield is home to a fairly well known small university. Much smaller than the huge state university here Drury University plods along putting out graduates who are well versed, especially in business with an economics slant.

Teresa and I were on campus Friday night for a Children's Literature Festival and decided it would be worth a return trip with our cameras. This is Stone Chapel. Drury has its roots as a Christian School although it has long since shed that title. This was one of the original buildings on campus I believe, but am not certain.

The bright white like in the lower right corner is the moon. I started to crop in out but decided it added a little flare to the shot. This was just past sundown during that time the sky comes out a deep blue. A little light from the sun was left casting a glow on the Chapel.

I hope everyone has a great Sunday.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Not Everyone Was Watching the Bands


I had my 300mm telephoto lens at Ozarko last Saturday which let me get this photo of a tike playing with his mom. I bet if he was looking the other way he wouldn't have been having so much fun, we were about 100 feet above the field. in the MSU stadium. The tilt of the seats is steep and the second level is very high.

I hope to get out and get some new pictures this weekend. Until then have a good weekend.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Is This Seat Taken?


Wow what a response to my last question. If you want to see what inspires our fellow photographers read the comments on the last post.

One of the biggest things that does inspire me are the photos of my fellow bloggers. Take for instance today's picture, it was inspired by recent postings from Anna and Elaine (Chamielle at right) that show stadium seats empty. I just added a twist and added people. Yes, people! For a non-people in my picture person I have really gotten addicted to people. This was taken at the Ozarko competition. There were 10,000 people on my side of the stadium and these 3 on the other side. I couldn't pass it up.

Thanks for your comments yesterday. I take all your inspiration advice to heart. I am ready to get out again as soon as I can.

Until next time....take care.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Inspiration



Shawnee Mission South High School Color Guard, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Taken at the Ozarko Marching Band Competition, Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Blogger wouldn't let me upload a picture this morning so I thought I would have a discussion with you all. Now as you can see it did? Wierd, huh?

I loved the light and the outfits of this group. They put on a really good show.

I have been struggling with inspiration since I returned from my western trip. It is hard to get excited about taking pictures after seeing the many wonderful sights in the West. Here is today's discussion topic. What do you do to recharge your batteries and get inspired to take photos again?

Let me know by comment what types of things you do to kick start your creative juices.

Thanks and hopefully the photo uploader won't be blocked forever. After all the message I am getting says "Blogger is aware of the problem and is currently working on a fix." Now it works...who knows?

Until next time, take care.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Marching Band Season


Lindberg High School Marching Band members from St. Louis



Kickapoo High School Color Guard from Springfield, Missouri


What I am listening to: Nolita Fairy Tale, Vanessa Carlton

October in our family is Marching band season. Today was a big show at the Missouri State University Campus. Bands participate in one of four levels based on their school size. Their performances are spectacular compared to what I saw when I was in high school. They have not only the band but a color guard to go along with them.

Definitely a sign of fall....even if the trees are not cooperating.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Front Porch for a Short Season


Silverton, Colorado sits at an elevation of 9,000 feet. I imagine the days are few that the owner of this porch can comfortably use this front porch. The flip side of this is that he or she has a terrific view.

I have never seen so many interesting small front porches as there were in Silverton. I walked around for about an hour taking pictures of my favorites. With the aspen's turning a brilliant yellow and the temperature in the mid 70's it was the most relaxing day of the trip. Several resident's stopped to talk to me. I think several of them were transplanted New York Stater's. I was wearing a Fort Niagara T-shirt.

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Washing Windows


The Durango and Silverton is a first class operation. As I traveled the length of the little railroad it occured to me that it is probably better run that some of the big railroads. The picture above illustrates this point. No detail is left undone. Everything is clean well kept and first class.

What is different about this little railroad that endears it to so many? First off it is what is called a narrow gauge railroad. A narrow gauge railroad is one where the distance between the two rails is less than the normal 4 feet 8 and 1/2 inches. In the case of the Durango and Silverton the distance is 3 feet. In those three feet the railroad threads its way through the Animas Canyon several hundred feet above the river and proceeds from Durango to Silverton through some of the most rugged mountains in the country. The railroad has been in existence well over a hundred years and appears to be going strong with 2 to 3 trains daily during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Now that the line is a tourist railroad it shuts down during the Winter so employees can maintain locomotives, cars and buildings. Each Spring the track is cleared and track repaired and rebuilt so the little trains can ply their way to Silverton once again.

The other draw of the Durango and Silverton is of course the scenery. The San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado are some of the most beautiful in the country.

Take the train ride of your life sometime and visit the Durango and Silverton.


Sunday, October 07, 2007

Mesa Verde

One of the stops I made which I haven't talked about yet is Mesa Verde National Park. I went there on the stormy day and the lighting was not very good but I did get a couple of shots which I was fairly pleased with. This is almost the normal post card shot of Cliff Palace. I like the people in this shot as it gives you a size comparison. Notice how little the doors are compared to us now. The Anastazi, who lived here, were a small people.

When you get out try to go to the National Parks, Monuments and Battlefields you will be richly rewarded.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Balanced Rock


This is one of the most recognized landmarks at Arches National Park. There must be a million photos of this landmark around. I captured it in the late evening about an hour before sunset.

I know you guys are probably getting tired of the out West photos. The truth is I haven't been out to take any new photos since I got back. Too busy catching up for being on vacation I guess.

I hope to find something new and different this weekend but I am not sure what at this point.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Dallas Divide


Dallas Divide was a high point on the old Rio Grande Southern Railroad. The rail line had to climb this pass to get from Telluride and Placerville area to get to Ridgeway and Ouray which was its final destination. The divide is actually one of the lower passes in Colorado at only 8970 feet in elevation.

This view is of the San Juan Mountains from the park like setting of the Divide. Still not quite fall at the lower elevations.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Look Out Starbucks

You never know. Every great business has its' humble beginnings. But most eek out their existence. This one is in Silverton, Colorado.