Friday, February 29, 2008

Kansas City Southern

The Kansas City Southern is a class 1 regional railroad that has managed to remain independent in the land of giants. While most railroads succumbed to mergers with Union Pacific, Burlington Northern, Canadian Pacific, or Norfolk Southern the KCS continues to ply its way from Kansas City, Missouri to Port Arther, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana. It has even managed to pick up some lines of its own, now stretching from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the Mexican Border and from Mississippi to the east and Dallas Texas to the west.

President Michael Haverty is a believer in tradition and this new paint scheme is a roll back to the famous Southern Belle passenger train.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Oscar Night America Part 4 Finale

My favorite portrait shots of the night. I hope you all have enjoyed the night at the Oscars. Back to more traditional fare tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Oscar Night America Part 3

Our primary job was to act as paparazzi to arriving guests. Here is a sample of those shots. The third picture is of hosts Joe and Christine Dawes from KSPR TV.

The final shot is of an arriving Oscar. Yes it is a real Oscar that was won by the gentlemen for best song in the Movie Top Gun.

In a strange twist of events I have found that all of my pictures (except the first picture I have shown above) included people. Teresa's pictures were only about 50% people. What is this role reversal and am I sick?

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Oscar Night America Part 2

The festivities are just beginning...the requisite limo, friendly volunteers and then the live "Oscar" arrives. The lights are on and the red carpet is out awaiting the arrival of the first guests.

Tomorrow we see some that walked the red carpet including a real Oscar.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Oscar Night America Pt1

Sunday evening the Southwest Missouri Camera Club was asked to act as paparazzi for the Oscar Night America event at the Gillioz Theatre here in Springfield. The Gillioz was one of 75 locations in the nation for this event which is a fund raiser for charity.

I will add pictures from the event over the next few days off and on.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Golden City, Missouri

It was kind of a dark, wintry day yesterday as we passed through Golden City, Missouri on our way home from Pittsburg, Kansas. I always tend to take "the long way home." Teresa has gotten used to it. One of my favorites songs is Nora Jones' "Long Way Home" too.

As we were passing through the gold steeple of the First Christian Church caught my eye and I knew it would be a post for a Sunday morning. The pride of its members show through the gold steeple in Golden City!

Hope everyone is doing good. Take care and have a great Sunday!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Recharging the Batteries

Today Teresa and I went to the Pittsburg State University Student Association of Photographers Perspectives of Photography seminar. The student photographers of Pittsburg State University (Kansas) put on an excellent seminar. There were 4 sessions and all the speakers were great. We were invited to this by our fellow Southwest Missouri Camera Club member Kim who is an alumni of the Pittsburg program.

This is the second seminar we have done in the last couple of weeks and I find that my batteries have been recharged in this dismal Missouri winter. I absolutely love this hobby.

Today's pictures are of Cooky's Cafe, a famous landmark in the rural Missouri town of Golden City. It will be interesting to see if any of you have ever eaten at Cooky's. I have eaten there with my family many times in the years gone by. They have always been famous for their pies so dessert was always a must.

As you can see the weather was dismal, heavily overcast and at the time I took this picture sleet was coming down. All in all though it was a great day. I love seeing young people enthusiastic about what they are studying and doing. That is what I see at Pittsburg State University.

Get out and recharge your batteries this week. I will be discussing more about the seminar and what it did for me as we go into the coming week.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Journey Out West Part 4

A couple more shots around the main depot on my friends Lionel train layout. It is early evening and the lights are coming on as the train pulls into the station.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Due to an increased recent spam comments I am having to enable the verification feature for comments. I apologize for the extra work required to add comments to the blog. It is a shame that so many people are out there spamming blogs and emails.

A Journey Out West Part 3

After a brief side trip we are back to our miniature railway journey. This is once again the Lionel railway of a friend. How many of you remember White Castle Hamburgers or Midget Racers? My friend has recreated scenes that bring back memories to him.

Pull these pictures up and look at some of the detail and have a great week!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Colorado Mission

I was driving along in Colorado and spotted the ruins of this mission or church. I am puzzled at this one as the building structure doesn't appear that old. As you can see it is gutted on the inside. I wonder if someone at somepoint applied some modern stucco materials in an effort to save something old.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

To everyone out there in Blog Land, have a happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ice Storm Again

Once again the Springfield and Southern Missouri area has been the target of a major ice storm. I went outside to take this picture of the icicles on one of my landscape lights and I can hear branches crashing all over. It is so sad to see all the trees being decimated year after year. We have about 3/4 of an inch on most everything in our yard. According to the weather forecasters we may be due for yet another round on Friday.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

A Journey Out West Part 2

After a long journey our train has pulled into the thriving little Colorado town of Placerville.

As you can see this is a busy little town!

Friday, February 08, 2008

A Journey Out West

Pretend it is the early 1950's. You have journeyed by train to the mountains of Colorado. Perhaps these are some of the scenes you may see along the way. America is in between wars and prosperity is everywhere. I hope to take you back over the next couple of days to a simpler time. The place you will see will seem like Mayberry. Everyone is friendly in this little world and life is good.

This is a world created by a local model railroader and friend. He models in O scale 3 rail, better known as Lionel.

Sit back and enjoy the ride. I am going back to my roots, this is the reason I got into digital photography in the first place.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Capitol Tracks

The Union Pacific Railroad traverses the south side of the Missouri River at Jefferson City. This is their small facility and turning wye there. There is Amtrak service on this line from Kansas City to Saint Louis. One of these days I would like to take that trip.

There are many this day hurting in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi. Please keep those in your prayers as the wild and violent weather continues...

I have not been able to get out much lately which accounts for the lack of posts. I hope everyone is doing well.

Monday, February 04, 2008

The Katy Trail

Across central Missouri you wil find one of the largest rail-to-trail parks in the nation. The Katy Trail State Park was formed on the abandoned roadbed of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad. It stretches from near Saint Louis/Saint Charles on the east to Clinton Missouri on the west. Most of the trail runs along the Missouri River.

Plan a trip on the Katy Trail, there are many surprises along the way.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Sunrise at Arches National Park

No Arches but the sun on the rocks was beautiful!
Have a great weekend.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Great Sand Dunes

I took a lot of pictures at Great Sand Dunes National Park. The ones I posted had people in the shots (unusual for me) for the most part so you could see the size of the dunes. I decided to post this one today just to show the dunes. I sharpened the shot and sharpened it some more, probably beyond where it should be, but I liked the effect.

I have been tagged by Anna to supply five of my favorite pictures and comment on why I chose them. So I may be going back into the past to pull some pictures or you may see a couple of new ones I haven't shared yet. It should prove to be an excercise full of memories and warm feelings.