Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One That Gets to Walk Away

This lucky fellow (gal) has no idea what happens to millions of his domestic farm raised counterparts.

Taken today at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. This was a close as he (she) would let me get! Just think, if Ben Franklin had his way, this would be our national bird. Wild turkeys are plentiful and a popular hunting subject here in Missouri.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Main Street - El Dorado Springs, Missouri

Like many small towns in Missouri the downtown of El Dorado Springs is struggling as many business move to the main highway or fire takes it's deadly toll. I took this shot with my wide angle lens which made the street look very broad! I also played a lot with this picture in Photoshop wanting to enhance the moody skies that were prevalent that day. I did that and then kept going. I really liked the way this one turned out with it's "old postcard" look.

We spent the day taking pictures and then spent the evening with our dear friends Howard and Virginia. They were my first employers and good friends of my Mom and Dad, both of whom have passed on. Howard sold and worked on TV's and I helped him. We used to work on TV antennas and I always dreaded those that were on old 2 story farm houses. I couldn't stand being on that wobbly ladder! It was a great first job and I give a lot of credit to Howard and Virginia to get me started with good work habits and teaching me so much about myself.

The other person I always visit when I venture to El Dorado Springs is my best friend Danny. Danny was killed in an automobile accident about 20 years ago now. He is buried in a small rural cemetery near Filley, Missouri. We used to build ship models together during the summer evenings in my garage. I put one of those models on his grave about 19 years ago. It remains there to this day.

This has been a very hard post for me, but one that is long overdue. Thanks for taking the time to read along.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Sixth Folder, Sixth Shot

Lori has posted a picture from a tag that Lisa started called sixth folder, sixth shot. The premise is that you go into your "my pictures" file and go to your sixth folder and get your sixth picture. I got lucky and pulled one of my Colorado shots. Bent's Fort to be exact.

Give it a try. It was fun.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Best Place in the World - El Dorado Springs, Missouri

"There is no place like home" was a line from the Wizard of Oz that will live on forever. This is a shot of the park and spring in Downtown El Dorado Springs, Missouri which is the town I call home. I lived there from the eighth grade until I married. Sure it was a small town, but you had family and friends and gas was under 50 cents a gallon so you could get to Springfield or Kansas City if you wanted more. It was a place where I first loved and was loved. It was a place where you could go to a drive in movie or Simone's Drive In. It was a place to learn and grow, from teachers who really enjoyed their students. It was a place where friendships to last a lifetime were formed, even if some of those lifetimes were way too short. It was the place I learned of God and he set me free. It was a place to come home to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Thank you El Dorado Springs, I will always call you home.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Where are the Ducks?

These photos were taken last weekend at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area near Schell City, Missouri. I remember once coming here and there were thousands of water fowl flying it creating immense moving clouds of birds. This time there were very few. I remembered it was this time of year so we stopped by the headquarters so I could ask. They were wondering too! Normally on this weekend they would have 34,000 birds. The attendant said they counted just 3,400. They are as puzzled as I was. So the question remains...where are the ducks?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Signs of the Times

This is on top of the new parking garage in downtown Springfield. I liked the combination of the warm glow from the setting sun and cool blue light. It is just too bad we have to have gadgets like this.

Take a look at the results from my new studio lights on Ozark Faces .

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Warming You Up

This is my cup of hot chocolate from Saturday morning which greeted us with snow flurries. We were out of small marshmallows so I went "big".

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ozarks Model Railroad Association Fall Swap Meet

I haven't been to a train show for about a year, primarily because I tend to spend a lot of money at them. This time I took my camera to control the urge.

The lighting was atrocious but I managed to capture a few shots. If you want to go someplace where there are a bunch of happy men and boys then go to a train show. There were even a few happy gals, in fact there were more than I think I have ever seen at a train show.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Yet More Final Fall Shots...Autumn Hangs On

I ran across some more fall colors today despite snow flurries yesterday morning

These were taken today in the parking lot of my eye doctors office, Mattox Nue Prater. You just never know where you will find a shot. I just happened to drive by there today and since I pay them so much I figured I could take some shots of their trees!

The bottom shots are of flowering kale with some gray dusty miller thrown in. Both of these hang on in a garden to provide late season color.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Final Fall Shots

This shot was taken in my front yard a couple of weeks ago with the little Olympus. I just got them downloaded.

These were taken at Springfield's Nathaniel Greene Park over my lunch hour. There was a small group of late turning maples that I was able to capture. Most of our leaves are rapidly disappearing especially after a gusty Monday.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sunset in Downtown Springfield

Sunset on downtown Springfield. Taken with my 18-200mm wide open to 18 gives a distorted effect which I liked in this photo.

I spent most of my weekend working at work and on wedding pictures Teresa and I took Friday. You will be able to see those pictures at Ozark Faces Congratulations Nancy and Don!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Hercules Church

This small Church stands near the old community of Hercules. This is near the Hercules Glade National Wilderness Area. What a section of Missouri to explore! Glade Top Drive near this area is a 20+ mild drive through some of the rugged Ozark Mountains. There are places (see the panorama picture in the title) you can look out and not see a building. Truly spectacular. All this is located to the South and Southwest of Ava, Missouri.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Auntie Amiee Comes to Visit

Old Auntie Amiee has come to visit. If you want to learn more about her you will have to

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Downtown Field Trip

This was taken from the new parking garage downtown. I closed the shutter down creating an 6-8 second time exposure. The city buses cooperated with three leaving at the same time.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It is a Great Day to be an American

I spent about 45 minutes in line at the polling place today. No matter who wins it is great to see so many people voting.

Regardless of the party in power, life will go on. Half of us will complain about the new Administration and half of us happy with it! About 27 months from now we will start the whole process over again. That is America and I am proud to be a part of her.

The Pickpocket

We had a downtown field trip with the camera club Sunday evening and one of our members ran over to this brick wall to be our "model." The sun was setting and cast a long shadow on the wall and the way he had his hand positioned it reminded me of a "pickpocket" reaching for him, hence the name of today's post.

I played with this in Photoshop, the original image was much brighter but I felt like the "pickpocket" theme demanded a more night-time look so I cut the saturation level quite a bit. I may display the original later in the week and you can tell me whether you like this or it better.

Got several neat pictures with an urban feel to them so it was a very good trip!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Hidden Meanings?

Our camera club had a downtown field trip Sunday evening and I figured I needed to post this picture before the whole election was over Tuesday evening. Couldn't resist a picture with an Obama herald, a stop sign and a left pointing one way sign. Wonder if the Democrats thought about that before they painted his name on their headquarters?
Get out and vote tomorrow!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Turner's Station

An early morning shot of Turner's Station, a well known Ozark's landmark. Turners is located just east of Springfield on Sunshine or Hwy D. The station is located right on the BNSF mainline to Memphis and it is a great place to take train shots.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


A new blog! I am setting up a new blog just for my portrait class work. This is my first shot with my new 50mm prime lens. Amy patiently set through a few shots, it is great having willing models in the house! The light is actually a single SB-600 flash. It was directed from stage right and had no diffusion. Tomorrow I hope to get a little more sophisticated.

You can check out my new portrait blog Ozark Faces by clicking this link or the new link under "other important sites" to the right.