Thursday, January 31, 2008


At the four corners park there are a lot of vendors set up selling food and goods. This was one of those attractions.
This past weekend my brother actually fixed frybread...Blackfeet style. It was good!
We are expected our first big snow today. Can't wait to see what happens!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Red Mountain Pass

This is one of the few shots I took going over Red Mountain Pass between Silverton and Ouray, Colorado. I have read some stories about it this winter, as it has more avalanche areas than any other stretch of highway in the United States. Three snowplow workers have lost their lives in one particular zone.

What an incredible highway! If you take it be prepared to go slow and enjoy the view. Roadwork usually causes delays as there are just a few months they can work on it. IF you go in the winter be prepared in the avalanche areas and be careful. It is one open and unprotected road. Hairpin curves and lack of guard rails add to the excitement.

I hope everyone has a great day.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hermann, Missouri

This is the Highway 19 crossing of the Missouri River at Hermann, Missouri. The old bridge is in the front, but if you look closely there is a brand spankin' new bridge behind it. I am not sure what the fate of the old bridge will be.

I urge you to get out and take photos of old bridges and buildings. I see some many of them being destroyed to make room for the new and better as land space becomes more valuable and limited.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Mighty Missouri

I spent Saturday touring the mighty Missouri River from Jefferson City to Hermann, Missouri. Ice flows clogged the river from all the snow they are getting up river in Nebraska, and the Dakotas. It was such an impressive event. The river hissed as the flows went by, each one rubbing against it's neighbor, as they raced toward the Mississippi and warmer weather.

This was a morning shot toward the sun, the Capitol building and the highway 54/63 bridges.

What a beautiful day it was to take pictures!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Winter Wonderland

We woke up to this wonderful frost this morning. As soon as I saw it I was out the back door with the camera!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Antonito Yard

Today's picture is a return to Colorado via the archives. I have been going through those pictures in anticipation of this years Camera Club competitions. Also when it is 11 degrees outside I have a tendency to stay inside.

This is a scene on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad's eastern terminus at Antonito, Colorado. When the run come in the locomotive is turned on a loop to be refueled and watered. this also puts it in the right direction to make its morning run to the west.

I hope everyone is having a good week and surviving the winter (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere).

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Warm Wish

I've decided everyone has had enough of this cold weather. To make everyone feel a little warmer I have gone back into the archives to the summer and post this picture of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Springfield Nature Center.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is probably one of the best, if not THE best in the nation. They are progressive and have had much success in bringing the wild back to Missouri. It is a true testament to what can be accomplished with a well run and properly funded department of conservation.

Monday, January 21, 2008

A Shameless Plug

Teresa and I did our first commercial shoot shortlly before Christmas. My friend and former co-worker Kristy opened a home furnishing store which specializes in lodge decor. It has been fun watching the business grow and flourish over the past couple of years. I admire Kristy for her sense of business and courage to step out like this.

For those of you in the Springfield area, stop by and visit the Rusty Moose. You will be impressed.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The James River As It Should Be...

I went back to the bend I took my photo the other day, this time I had my 10 - 20 mm Sigma wide angle lens with me. It makes quite a difference. I was able to capture the whole river bend from exactly the same spot. Unfortunately I think I was later in the day than last time and had the heavy shadows of the trees I was by.

Just goes to show you should always carry all your equipment with you even when it is 16 degrees outside!

Have a great weekend.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Cousins Part 2

This is Rebecca's daughter Annabelle on the right and her cousin Abby on the left. They are on Grandpa's Tree House. Boy, that makes me feel old.

I hope to get out and take some pictures this weekend but the bitter cold may stop me. Next weekend I am traveling to Jefferson City and hope to get some neat pictures there while Teresa is in a Library conference.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tragedy and Young Drivers

This is one of those stories any parent hates to report and dreads to hear. This is a heart wrenching story so be prepared. Two Saturdays ago a carload of young men were for some reason "hilltopping" on a dangerous section of road in Greene County. Rumors have it they were going 90-100 in what is marked a 30 mph zone, but I have no proof of that. What is known is that these four young men full of youthful promise never made it to Saturday evening.

They crested this hill and lost control of their car slamming into the trees at the bottom of the hill. As near as can be told they were killed instantly as the car disintegrated against the small but stout trees at the bottom of the hill.

The spot is marked by a multitude of makeshift memorials left by the students and friends of the two high schools they attended. A reminder that youth and driving don't always mix well. Please encourage your young drivers to drive slowly and responsibly. Carrying friends is not always a good thing and should be discouraged by parents until the driver has some experience.

I hope these pictures serve as a reminder for you to discuss driving safety with your young drivers.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Equal Time

I thought I had better give Amy equal time since I posted a picture of Katy. I took this as the same place as the picture of Katy and Rebecca. I was just fooling around being a nuisance of myself while we were waiting to get in and see a Christmas train display.

This shot is a simple point, focus and shoot image using the pop up flash on my Nikon D80 (Mark, I do have Nikon's). I have always liked Anna's people shots so I find myself zooming in on my subjects more than I would have in the past, although this is not as close as I am describing. Minimal Photoshop work on this one.

I hope everyone has a good Wednesday. I am trying to get back into a more regular posting mode. I also hope everyone has had a chance to read about Anna's news, if not go to and check it out. She has certainly been busy lately!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

If Only I Had a Wide Angle

A classic river bend and no way to capture it the way it needed to be captured. This is a classic example of missing that one piece of equipment that would have made the shot. This was taken on the Rivercut golf course. I couldn't back up any further due to obstructions. A wide angle lens would have made the difference in this situation as I needed just a tad more help. Hopefully I will return to this spot and get the right shot soon.

I hope everyone is having a good week. I have done some computer maintenance this week, working on Amy's Sony Viao. It came with a C: drive that was partitioned at only 15GB and she was pushing that and getting low disk space errors. The D: drive was at the remainder of the systems 90 GB. Go figure what they were thinking about. Norton's Partition Magic program handily solved the problem and I should be able to complete my work on this machine tonight. It was actually kind of fun working this machine over. I took the cover off and did the interior cleaning and then went over the system with a fine tooth comb. This is the oldest of our computers and it was badly in need of some work.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Same Technique, Different Rose, Closer

This shot was done virtually the same as yesterday's. I just got in a little closer to a more open rose. I like the veins on the rose petals. The designs of nature are amazing!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Roses, Macros and Light

Another day, another flower. I took a rose to the back porch and set the aperture to f22 on the macro lens to get a deep depth of field. Setting the aperture to such a small size of course lengthens the time of the exposure so I set the timer on the camera to reduce shake. While that was going off I grabbed a piece of black poster board to get rid of the distracting background and held it there while the exposure went off. With the other hand I painted the rose with light from a flashlight to brighten it more since it was an overcast day.

It was kind of fun to experiment. Get out and try something new and tell us how you did it. That is your challenge for this week.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, January 11, 2008


This is a tale of two first born daughters. That is my daughter Katy on the left and my Brother Larry's daughter Rebecca on the right. As Katy gets older Larry and I marvel at how much these two are alike, having almost never been together. They are both the best of girls and I am proud of both of them.

It will be interesting to see what similarities develop in the future. Thanks girls for many wonderful smiles.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sunset at Roaring River State Park

I badly misjudged the time to get to Roaring River State Park the other day and we only had time for a few shots and the lighting was not really good for any of them This is a shot of the headwaters of the stream that comes out of the rocks and goes down through the fish hatchery. Trout are the item here and the river or stream hosts hundreds of anglers on day one of trout season.

The water color is a faithful rendition. I am not sure what makes it so green/blue. If you look closely you can see some dark areas which are trout just below the surface.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Return to Linden Falls

Well you all have seen the color version of this picture in the header. Here is a black & white I have been playing with. This is the old mill site at Linden, Missouri. You can find it by turning south on Highway 125 from Highway 60 just west of Rogersville, Missouri and travel south about 4 miles to the Finley River crossing.

I wish they hadn't strung power lines accross the river right at this point. I guess that is why we have Photoshop.

Night of Terror

What an evening! We had tornado warnings beginning at 5:50 yesterday evening and the sirens sounded almost continuously until about 9:00 or 9:30. But that was not all, they began again at about 2:30 this morning and went on until 3:30. Many of our neighboring towns were hard hit: Monett, Republic and Strafford. Springfield was apparently hit in several areas but I have not heard damage reports.

Fellow blogger Sniderman is a Ky3 Stormteam Meteorologist and they did a great job of reporting the storm news and warnings. Amazing. I am sure it was a long evening for Dave but thanks for all your hard work!

I didn't realize this at the time but I was glued to the TV last night. I watched continuous storm coverage on Ky3 from the time I got home until I went to bed. I haven't watched a full night of TV in years. So phooey on the reality shows and Hollywood writers and producers, give me storm coverage anytime!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

The Mill in Ozark, Missouri

This photo was taken on the Finley River in Ozark, Missouri. It is taken from the city park looking towards the old highway bridge and the adjacent flour mill.

I converted this shot using the new black and white converter in CS3. I enjoy using this converter as it gives you the opportunity to apply filter effects such as a red or yellow filter. I also love the Adobe Raw Converter that comes with the software.

I hope everyone has a great Sunday.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Burst of Color

Kerri asked the other day where you can find color this time of year. Sometimes you just got to go out and get it or steal it. This flower was in a bouquet Teresa got from our Church when she had a minor medical procedure. I was playing with backgrounds and depth of field. Not the greatest but the best of the bunch.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

My daughter found a tiny New Years hat at the local party store. It was of course the right size for only one member of our family. I hope everyone has a great 2008 and I look forward to sharing more pictures with you and seeing what everyone else comes up with. It is like Christmas every day when I visit your blogs.

Thanks for your inspirations in 2007!