Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Time to Pause

It seems that interest in Ozark Photos has dropped to a point that I am going to hang up my hat for a while and rethink what I am doing. Due to a busy work and home schedule I realize I can no longer get around to make comments on each of your blogs. And quite frankly that is a big part of the fun of blogging. I will occasionally add some photos here and there of interesting things.

I wish everyone the best and I know there are a few regular readers who are not bloggers themselves and are more friends and family. Please contact me by my Ozark Photos email address and I will keep in touch that way.

Until next time, I hope everyone will get out and take a few pictures and enjoy what they are doing.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Project Yellow Postscript

I know, I know the project is now green, but I keep seeing yellow! This was taken at the Amtrak station in Independence, Missouri.
Have a great weekend.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Shades of Green

An old fashioned rose getting ready to explode in color at the Campbell-Gray farmstead at Nathaniel Greene Park in Springfield.

I have always loved the shades of green of nature.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Looking through to Project Green

Ok this is more a project looking through than a project green, but it did fit both categories. This was taken at the beautifully restored Chicago & Alton Railroad station in Independence, Missouri. On the second floor of the station is the station master's living quarters. This is taken through the fine curtains hanging up there in the parlor.
I hope everyone has a great Thursday

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Looking through into the Trenches in WWI

No green in this picture! But this was taken through a hole giving us insight into life in the WWI trenches.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Liberty Memorial

This is a shot of the Liberty Memorial. At the lower left you can see the entrance to the National WW1 Museum.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Looking through at the Liberty Memorial - National WW1 Museum

Having just returned from Washington and commenting to Katy that it is sad there was no WW1 memorial it was my pleasant surprise to find that the National WW1 Museum is in my own backyard in Kansas City. The Liberty Memorial was updated in 2002 to include the National WW1 Museum and it was a first class operation

To get to the exhibits you had to cross this glass bridge over a field of poppies. I caught this young lady admiring the view through the bridge. See those green leaves Anna! That may be all the green you see as we venture into this sad chapter of human history.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Kansas City Sights

My hometown is the sprawling "cow town" of Kansas City. In my opinion Kansas City is Missouri's Western flavored city. St Louis, known as the Gateway to the West, is much too Eastern flavored.

Kansas City is not only a cow town, but it also was the second largest (next to Chicago) railroad town in the US during rails hay days. It is also a city of fountains, having more than any other city except Venice, Italy or so I have heard.

It is home to the Kansas City Royals, my favorite baseball team, and the Kansas City Chiefs football team.

This shot is taken from the Liberty Memorial overlooking Kansas City's famous Union Station and downtown. I have always wanted this shot for my collection. More from Kansas City soon and I have finally gotten a couple of picture for Mark's looking through project which I will be sharing first!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Front Porch to the Potomac

This was taken on Piney Point, a small point jutting out into the Potomac Bay just before you get to Chesapeake Bay.

After spending several days in DC the Maryland peninsula between the Potomac and Chesapeake Bays was a refreshing change.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ozark Diamonds

I found these water drops collecting during a very light rain on a bleeding heart plant. For once today we had a sunny day in the 70's. First time for a long time.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Elmo's Bad Day...or Charlie Brown was here

I always get a little sad when I see a scene like this. I know a little kiddo's heart was broken when the tree and kite met.

I hope you have a better day than Elmo did.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Spring is Yellow

The quintessential daffodil is a symbol of spring. Ranging from white to deep yellows and oranges they explode on the scene when we need them most to boost our sagging winter spirits. This was taken in my backyard after yet another spring rain shower.

I have enjoyed project yellow, this will probably be my last official post for it. I am anxiously awaiting the next color from Anna.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunday Yellow

I took this shot as I was going by the back of Second Baptist Church today. I thought it would cap off a week of yellow shots with a reminder of what Christ did for us.

I started to go by the Springfield Public Schools school bus facility thinking I could get an interesting shot for project yellow but that place is like Fort Knox. Not only are the buses not accessible even for a through the fence shot, then I realized I was on video camera all the time. Oh well so much for that idea and I am sure I will draw some attention if someone was watching those cameras!

I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Airline Yellow

A sign of our times, this was posted on a restroom at Nathaniel Greene Park, but it could certainly apply to our airline situation where four companies are bankrupt and the big ones are very poorly dealing with safety issues.

I have noticed this sign more frequently in local, state and national parks as tax dollars are diverted to roads, social programs, and the war effort.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Yellow in Waiting

Now that I am out of suitable archive pictures for Project Yellow I made a mad dash to Nathaniel Greene Park to seek out yellow.

At the Master Gardeners Exhibition Garden I found these little jewels waiting to be planted into the warming ground. Unfortunately they must survive torrential downpours and coming freezing temperatures to get there.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Yellow stands for Safety

Yellow grabs your attention and therefore is used most often in safety applications such as changes in sidewalk elevations, low clearance items, etc. It is also our standard for caution.

I bet my regular readers were wondering how I would get a train picture in on this! This was taken on the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Canton, NC.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Yellow Isn't Just for the Day...

Color at night can be challenging. As I was going through the archives with Project Yellow in mind this picture caught my eye. This was taken on the Missouri State University campus on the same night as the Native American Pow-Wow that was shown earlier. It is always interesting how pictures initially rejected end up being used (of course I may have used it and forgotten too, memory is a tricky thing as I get older).

I have always been attracted to ornamental grasses and seeing this plume of Pampas Grass back lit was a treat that I struggled with. It took me quite a while to get this photo the way I wanted, all the while Teresa waited patiently. The funny thing I remember about that evening was a group of Japanese girls came by and asked if I was a professional. You should have heard Teresa muffling her laugh....

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

An Average Yellow Star...

Astronomers say our sun is an average yellow star. It may be average, living in a galaxy that is populated by white dwarfs, hot blues, cooler oranges and red giants, but God has taken one average yellow star and made it special. With the Earth at exactly the right distance from the sun it provides life, the days not getting too hot and the nights not too cool. Life has flourished under this simple yellow star.

Thank you Lord for making this simple, average yellow star possible.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Yellow is for "Full of Life"

This photo was taken at a local book fair which is put on by members of Second Baptist Church. Teresa and I were asked to take pictures. I was wondering when and how I would get to use this picture on the blog and Anna's yellow challenge gave me the opportunity.

These book fairs give away 3 books to each child and adult in attendance. Books are typically donated by members of Second along with another closer local Church if there is one which is the local sponsor. The book fairs also have games, fingernail painting, face painting, fun science experiments, clowns, entertainment, crafts, and of course book readings by local celebrities. Lunch of hot dogs or nachos is provided. They are a great time and the kids and parents and judging from all the smiles I got on my camera everyone was having a great time!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Challenge is Yellow!

After having totally forgotten about Anna's last challenge she gave me I figured I had better do something about this one. We will be taking a break from DC pictures and going to a yellow format this week. Of course don't expect the rest of the pictures coming up this week to be so predictably "yellow". Thanks Anna for the challenge and enjoy yellow from the Ozarks.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

National Botanical Garden

There was a HUGE orchid display at the National Botanical Garden. Here are my favorite shots from that show.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Easter Egg Roll

Some of the highlights of the 2008 Easter Egg Roll at the White House. One of the most common questions I get from people when they found out I went to DC is did you see George W? And I can honestly say yes, which kind of floors them!

The top picture is of the Jonas Brothers who sang the National Anthem. The bottom picture is of young singer Jordan Pruitt who I hope really gets popular since I got many good pictures of this young lady.