Thursday, December 31, 2009

Once In a Blue Moon

If I understand it correctly the term "Blue Moon" comes from the event when a full moon occurs two times in a single month. Well tonight December 31 the full moon has occurred once again in a month. The next time this occurs is 28 years from now, hence the term "Once in a Blue Moon."

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have a great 2010 and get to take many great pictures!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Orleans Abstract?

This shot was taken at sunset on Christmas Day in New Orleans. I was in my usual perch in Old Algiers on the west bank of the Mississippi looking across the river. I have decided there are a lot of big corner offices in that building!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Memories of Blogging

Taken from the Main Street crossing in Drexel, Missouri looking south along the Kansas City Southern mainline.

We watched a movie tonight called "Julie and Julia." I am sure most of you are familiar with it. It the true story about a woman named Julie Powell who as she is about to turn 30 is struggling with her life and desires and so at her husbands urging decides to write a blog about what she She decides to do a 365 day project to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I readily recommend this movie.

I had all but decided to give up this blog in favor of the new Young Photography blog, but in reality there is room for both. This one being my fun blog and the new one being more of my business blog. Speaking of business. It has been quite good lately. My daughters and future son-in-law Nathan have also helped in that they have become my "marketing department" and have designed business cards, a vehicle sign and even a t-shirt for Young Photography. Thanks guys!

So bottom line is 2009 was a sad year for Ozark Photos and this blog was sadly neglected. I propose that 2010 will be much better and recharged. But be sure and watch this blog as well as Young Photography for my work in 2010. I look forward to another wonderful year as a photographer. It seems strange to call myself that but yes I do finally feel comfortable saying that I am a photographer.

Let's make 2010 a great year for photos and I look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Blanket Ministry at River Bluff Fellowship

Tonight was the last night of our Fall 2009 Life Group with River Bluff Fellowship. The little girl in the top photo has a ministry she wanted to do to supply blankets to people in nursing homes and who couldn't afford them so our group decided to join in as our final celebration meeting. Above are a few of the pictures I took and there are many more on my Face Book page.

This will be a rare posting so be sure and follow the link to Young Photography to see what is currently going on in the Ozarks!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Times Change

I am working on a transition which is why I have been so quiet lately. I have had some confusion between myself and another fellow camera club member who now goes by the name Ozarks Photos so I have decided to begin closing this blog in favor of a new one more descriptive of myself. It just goes to show that no name is sacred. You can find the new blog here . Please come take a look.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Springfield Roller Girls Oct 25th Bout

Some of the shots I took at the recent October 25th Springfield Roller Girls bout with Kansas City and Tulsa.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall At Little Cedar Lodge

Here are some shots of the incredible fall color at Larry and Carol's home near Jefferson City. As soon as I got up I grabbed the camera and scouted around thier home for some great shots. They have such an incredibly wonderful place. Makes me want to live in the country.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Photo Walk Pictures

All these shot were taken either on or near the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge in Springfield.

The day started out with light rain but cleared for a bit and then became cloudy and cold again. We had four of us walking and had a model, Erica along so we could practice our portrait photography skills. I hope to post those pictures at Ozark Faces soon.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Santa Fe Depot in Strong City, Kansas

A reminder of a glorious day gone by. The old Santa Fe depot in Strong City, Kansas still stands proud along side the busy Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


I liked this combination of colors and goods next to a gas station in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Chasing Windmills

This shot was taken on Day 3 of my Kansas journey. I spotted a windmill farm south of Kansas Highway 400 while I was driving along and thought it might be fun to try and get some pictures of these huge beasts. Little did I know the journey would help me make some additional discoveries.

My first discovery was that my CRV is a pretty good off road or should I say barely a road vehicle. Mud was the first obstacle I faced trying to get close to these windmills. What a wonderful drive though. Kansas is anything but flat. It was fun getting back in the boonies so to speak.

I finally found the windmills and they were really going. But even with a heavy wind the blades on these behemoths only turn so fast. I wanted my pictures to reflect the fact that these guys were not standing still. I closed my shutter to F/22 and put on a polarizing filter to slow the shutter speed as much as I could to get a blur on the blades. I wish there was a way to capture the sound of these windmills whirring around.

The second discovery was made when I left the windmills. But for that one you are going to have to wait.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Sunrise in Emporia

Most of you know of my great love for trains. Well, the first thing I do when I get to a new and exciting photo location is scout out the railroad facilities. I look for the possibility of action (active trains) layout (how will the light be at different times of the day) and atmosphere (does it give me a "railroady" feel). When I drove into Emporia after a long day on the road I immediately got excited. A major transcontinental mainline, east west orientation and good location with the signal bridges and three tracks. All I had to hope for was a terrific sunrise. Well here is the result. One of many shots from the morning.

Welcome to beautiful Kansas. It is much more than just interstate and endless flat sections.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Going Home

Dawn comes to downtown El Dorado Springs, my hometown. This is the second in a series of photographs I am doing of my old hometown. I hope to eventually capture it in all seasons.

I love going home. Now that my parents are gone it is more difficult to get there at opportune photo times such as dawn. This trip found me leaving at 4:30 to arrive at sun up.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sunrise on a New Day

These are some more shots taken at Springfield's Nathaniel Greene Park at sunrise. These shots were also taken with the Olympus.

Nathaniel Greene has been the subject of a lot of vandalism and theft. The Master Gardeners put in a lot of effort here only to have thieves steal their plants and damage their hard word. As a result the Park Board has closed the park sunset to sunrise and is in the process of installing security cameras.

It is a shame this country is becoming this way. Our Church has lost 2 air conditioning units and 2 massive planters this summer.

It seems the way of Representative Williams, Kenye West and Serena Williams is getting to be the norm now. As a recent USA Today headline said "What Happened to Civility?"

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11th, Morning at Nathaniel Greene Park

On this the 8th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks it is good to remember each day begins with a new dawn.

These shots were taken this morning at Springfield's Nathaniel Greene/Close Memorial Park. They were taken with my new Olympus Camera, the E-3. It is a wonderful camera with built in image stabilization and a very high quality fast lens. I am very pleased with it. It will not replace my Nikon but it will be a workhorse for sure in my toolbox.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Reflections on A Rainy Day

On my Ipod: Good Bye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

A couple of times this afternoon it rained and I loved it. You see I was on the back porch sipping my customary Diet Pepsi, with a book in hand and listening to a new CD I picked up today at Sam's. The CD was Elton John's Greatest Hits 1970 to 2000.

I had thrown these new CD's on my 5 disc changer and was dropping between songs from the 1970's to current. I was literally caught between this time and a time many years ago when life was simpler and more carefree. Music does this to me. I guess that is why I enjoy it so much. From this music you can get your mind off of current day struggles and tribulations and go back to the time when you had your first date, first love, learned to drive, went to college, started that first job, got married, had your first child. Music is a placeholder in life. Music is a time machine.

I am glad I took my little trip...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Final Shots of the Springfield Roller Girls vs. the No Coast Derby Girls Bout

These are the last shots of the Roller Girls I will post for this bout. There is another coming up in September and I hope to get to that one. These are loads of fun.

Friday, August 28, 2009

More Shots of the Springfield Roller Girls vs. The No Coast Derby Girls Bout

I am posting some more of my shots of the recent Springfield Roller Girls bout we attended. These is a lot of fun to go too and there is even a tailgating party in the lot of Skateport before the bout!

Support your local Roller Girls!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Winner of the First Annual High Noon Photo Contest Is...

Barb with her Sun Through the Trees at Noon entry. I had four judges assign a 1st, 2nd and 3rd to the pictures entered. 1st = 3 points, 2nd = 2 points and 3rd = 1 point. The print with the highest number of points one.

I liked all the entries, but Barb's stood out for the fact that it literally sceamed that it was high noon!

Clayton's Man with the Ipod came in second. Stephanie's Wet Girl and Mark's Water Fountain tied for third and Mark's Spider Web was fourth.

Barb's grand prize is a copy of Joe McNally's new book "The Hot Shoe Diaries." Barb, you will need to send me your mailing address by email.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I enjoyed the images. You can see the images at my Flickr page at For easier viewing click on the High Noon Set on the right side of the page.

Friday, August 21, 2009

High Noon Update #2 - Entries Are Posted

All the High Noon Entries have been posted at my Flickr account see this link:

As you can see there were not too many entries but the ones entered were great!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Route 66 - Honey, Can I Buy This Train Set?

Teresa and I left The Route 66 Cafe the other morning we headed west on Route 66 (aka College Street) and it merges into Chestnut Expressway. We traveled about a mile down the road and Teresa actually spotted the little black locomotive sitting on a small stretch of track at Thomas Steel Company. I quickly spun the car around and headed back for the top picture.

Bill Thomas, the 81 year old owner of the company, spotted me and asked if I was interested in purchasing the little locomotive. He told me the tale of how he purchased the little locomotive from a mining operation near Rolla along with several trucks for cars. Mr. Thomas, who renovated the little engine, is in the second photo and the passenger car he is building is in the third photo.

The little locomotive is 3 foot gauge or narrow gauge. If you have ever ridden the Durango and Silverton or Cumbres and Toltec in Colorado you have ridden on a 3 foot gauge line. 3 foot gauge means there is only 3 feet spacing between the rails.

Please, Teresa, can I have this train. Oh yeah and I need about a 100 acres to go with it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

High Noon Update

I am sure my participants are eagerly awaiting the results of the High Noon Photo Contest. I have unfortunately gotten side tracked due to a couple of real shoots. I will post the entries on Flickr and announce the winner over the weekend.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Route 66 - An Ozark Treasure, The Route 66 Cafe

Teresa had been wanting to try this cafe, so the other day with one of her teaching friends she stopped into The Route 66 Cafe. They both loved it and they got to meet and talk with the owner Victoria (top picture). Needless to say that is all I heard about Friday evening and Teresa is not an "eat out" person. So I am thinking in my head "this place has to be fantastic."

I suggested we try breakfast there Saturday morning and Teresa was ecstatic. Wow, she was right. I would say I had the best breakfast "out" that I have ever had. I tried the special which was ham steak and eggs and Teresa had the banana nut pancakes. Now, let me tell you about my ham steak and eggs. The ham steak was a true ham steak, thick and juicy; cooked to perfection. The eggs are fresh brown eggs from a local farmer. No processed eggs here and they were delicious. Add to that a generous helping of hash browns and biscuits and gravy, I literally rolled out the door in heaven. Teresa's banana nut pancakes were large and thick again with a generous topping of banana and nuts which were caramelized (I have no idea whether I am using the correct terminology) into a sauce laying on the pancakes. Add to this thick maple syrup and it was like eating a luxurious desert.

We talked to Victoria and asked if we could take some pictures for my blog. She agreed and here we are.

We are definitely huge fans of The Route 66 Cafe and Victoria. If you are ever in Springfield stop by and see her and tell her Mike (the photographer) sent you. You can find the cafe if you travel west on College Street from Kansas Expressway or east from Scenic. It is located next door to College Street Baptist Church. She is not open all the time so take a look at the middle picture for the hours. Four stars out of a possible four in my book!