Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Orleans, Our Prayers Are With You...

Many of you are aware my Mother-in-Law, Norma, lives in New Orleans and Teresa was born and raised there. Norma is safely away from the city that has suffered so much and deserves our deepest prayers. No matter what your beliefs are, please take some time to say a prayer for a city and region that is trying to come back. New Orleans is a city deep in culture and history. We cannot lose her.

God's speed to the Gulf Coast tonight.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Foggy Morning at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Another of the early morning shots from Wilson's Creek. This is a shot of the small log cabin that sits in for General Price's headquarters.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Arches in Fredonia

Looking up in Fredonia, Kansas! These window arches were on the Gold Dust Hotel located in this nice city. We were there early on a Saturday morning and one of the ladies stopped by and let us in to see the inside! Talk about hospitality.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

No Picture Today

I have not gotten out to take a picture this weekend, but I did accomplish another goal. I have published the first "article" on my new blog dealing with today's economy. You can check it out at The Reluctant Gardener and I hope it will give you some things to think about.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Playing With Trains

I did this self portrait about 4 years ago believe it or not. This was my train layout at our last home. The scale is N scale which is about 1/2 the size of the most common HO scale and about 1/8 the size of a Lionel train. The Southern box car in the front is about 5 inches long.

I was looking through some of my old, old pictures and found this one. I sure miss this layout but I don't miss the basement that it lived in!

Progress on the new train layout has been slow as photography has emerged as a new passion for me. Ironically, I got into photography to take pictures of my trains for magazine articles and such.

Be sure and check my other blog Working in Miniature for periodic updates to my new layout.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Watershed Park Inhabitants

What more appropriate resident for a Watershed Park! I am not a good wildlife photographer like Abraham and Salty are, so this is about as good as it gets!

This is a Leopard frog. He jumped in front of me as I was walking literally screaming "take my picture"!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Let Your Imaginations Go...

I took this shot at the new Watershed Park here in Springfield on Valley Mill Road. I am not going to say what it is...I want you to tell me what you can imagine it to be.

Let's see what creative thoughts you have.

OK update here, so far I have had two guesses as to what this is which were right on, but what I want are creative thoughts on what this could be...perhaps step back (or sit back) blur your vision a little and what do you see? Sorry guys but the ladies are normally a lot better at playing this game as we have a tendency to see things as they are.

Lori has the right idea now...even if it takes her three tries!:) Jump in and give me your creative thoughts...I will share my ideas in the morning.

When I first saw this stack of wire mesh that is used in reinforcing concrete I liked the lines. Hence Mark and Drilleraa were correct in their actual observations. The more I looked at it I saw different things and went ahead and snapped the picture. Being a consummate Star Trek fan I imagined this picture being the view screen of the Enterprise as it approached a Borg cube ship. I also imagined "urban planning" in the future where streets or tubes are stacked on top of each other as the world gets more crowded and real estate is at a premium. Talk about a traffic nightmare.

Some of the things I did not think of were the side of a skyscraper (Jel) and I did not see the cross (Barb) I am almost embarrassed to say. And then there was Mark's Silver Chex cereal! You guys did great! It is fun to see what your imaginations can come up with!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mellow Yellow

This shot was taken at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. It was part of a whole field of yellow flowers, most of which were varieties of Black Eyed Susans. I believe is a variety of the same flower that does not have the prominent "black eye". Perhaps someone can confirm.

Be sure and read the comments on yesterday's post, the discussion got a little "deep".

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Unique Solution to High Gas Prices

I don't know if I have ever seen such a neat way to mow your front yard and save the gas normally eaten by your mower. Teresa and I were driving along County Road 102 today and this sight was in the front yard of a home there. They were accustomed to this grazing area as the front yard was fenced off so they could graze safely next to the busy road.

Just goes to show that you should always have your camera with you. This post goes out to my blogging buddy Lori who raises horses in Indiana and has made me appreciate these fine animals.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Arkansas Alco's

There are very few places left in the world where you can find railway locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) today. In fact this may be the largest concentration of Alco locomotives in the world. At least one of these aged engines was built in 1939. All are tenderly cared for by the shops of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad based in Springdale, Arkansas.

The railroad discovered these locomotives are well suited to the mountains of Arkansas with their strong pulling power. They have scoured the nation looking for these locomotives to supply parts for the increasingly rare fleet. These locomotives are beautifully maintained and worth seeing. You can even ride a passenger train from Springdale pulled by these unique engines. One thing you will notice is they sound different than most diesel locomotives. It is great to hear their song in the Ozark mountains.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Roller Derby - Northwest Arkansas Rollergirls Part 3

I finished processing my shots of the Northwest Arkansas Rollergirls last night and I think this may be my favorite shot that I want to put on the blog. I have several pictures up close of the ladies that I really like but since I do not have individual permission to post them I will fore go those.

Tonight I will be building and sending off the CD so this will likely be my last shot of the event.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Roller Derby - More Northwest Arkansas Rollergirl Action

More shots from my evening at the Northwest Arkansas Rollergirls matches. I realize now I really don't know whether to call them matches or games or something else.

I really enjoyed these matches and I really like the colors that emerged from the shots.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Northwest Arkansas Rollergirls!

About this time last year, we were looking for our Springfield Roller Derby matches. This year the Northwest Arkansas Rollergirls found me! I couldn't resist the invitation and made my way to Springdale on an unbelievably cool and rainy August day.

This is a great bunch of women based in Springdale, Arkansas who have a passion for Roller Derby. The group has two teams, the top two pictures are of the Arkansas Killbillies in pink and the bottom picture is of the Backwood Betties in black. The Killbillies were playing the Mad Maxines from Lincoln, Nebraska and the Backwood Betties were playing the Dixie Derby Dames from Huntsville, Alabama.

Both the Killbillies and the Mad Maxines are nationally ranked teams. This was quite an experience as this was a little more intense that what I have seen before as the Killbillies were looking for a win after losing to the Mad Maxines in Lincoln last year. In the end the Killbillies ended up short one point but they made the Mad Maxines work for the win!

I wish the ladies a great final match in St. Louis and a great off season and look forward to hearing from them next year. You can check out their website at

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Morning Run

Wow have I had a great weekend...and it is only half over! Teresa and I went to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center Saturday morning and we walked through it and got some great nature shots and then proceeded down the Galloway Trail. I captured this on the old 65 highway bridge that is now part of the trail.

I liked the shot but decided to play with it and emulate some of the work of photographers that I have been reading about. So off to Photoshop I went. About ten or twelve layers later this is what came out. A higher key, higher saturated version.

Let me know what you think.

I was also invited to the Northwest Arkansas Rollergirls final home game of the season yesterday. I will be sharing some of those shots as soon as I can get them processed.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mount Princeton at Sunrise

It is rare I get up at sunrise to capture the early morning light. I did so recently in Colorado and captured this sight across the Arkansas River valley near Buena Vista.

It was fun climbing along the ridge we were on in the cool Colorado morning.

Monday, August 04, 2008


Here are some pictures of my brother Larry and his wife Carol with their two grand kids, Andrew at the top and Annabelle below. What a playground!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Greensburg, Kansas...A Final Look

A final look at Greensburg and the residential areas. The new water tower replaces the one lost in the storm and stands over the world's largest hand dug well which is one of the 7 wonder's of Kansas. This well is huge and I just can't believe it was hand dug.

My final shot is of Amy sitting on what was the front steps of a Church in Greensburg looking over the damage.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Greensburg, Kansas...A Green Future

First off I want to welcome Anita to the site. If you read the comment to yesterday's post you will find Anita who experienced the tornado and still lives in Greensburg.

Today's post is about Greensburg's Green future. Many of the new buildings going up in Greensburg are "green" in nature. Take for example the 5.4.7 Arts Center being put up by KU students. This is a solar and wind power building.

The 5.4.7 stands for the date the tornado hit, May 4th 2007. If you click on the picture you can read about the project.