Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Big Project is Almost Done!

Amy and her friend Jessica were my models Sunday for a few minutes before Teresa and I had to run off and take pictures at the Oscar Ceremony at the Gilloiz Theater. They did a great job!

I have been busy working on my home portrait studio for the last couple of weeks. Friday, my first background is supposed to arrive. I hope to play with it on Sunday! This weekend will be busy. I am going to the Pittsburg State University Perspectives on Photography Seminar on Saturday and Sunday Teresa and I are to give Pheresis.

I hope everyone is having a good week.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

One of Thousands

Sweet Gum trees are a beautiful shade tree but they have one problem. They can drop hundreds or even thousands of these sweet gum balls that have to be picked up.

I shot this Saturday morning after our light snow when the sunlight was peeking out and shedding rays through our deck railing.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Little Weather Station

While I get most of my weather from the KY3 Stormteam, I do have my own infallible weather station on my back deck. It is a little sundail you have seen here before. I can vouch for its accuracy. If it is wet I know its raining, if it has a shadow and I can tell the time I know it is sunny, and if, like this morning it is white I know it has snowed! We woke up to a dusting of snow this morning just like KY3 predicted.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lee Ellen Starks

This is one of those times I wish everyone could read this blog. It is also one of those times that I really love being in the Ozarks. Tonight Teresa and I went to the College Open Mic night at Big Momma's on Commercial Street. We went to hear this young lady who is probably one of the most inspiring singers I have ever heard.

We first heard Lee Ellen at the Church we have been attending and immediately became fans. She sang, among others, a new song she wrote and recently recorded.

If you will look in the blog list to the right you will see her blog listed. Give her a visit and tell her that Ozark Photos sent you! You will find a schedule of upcoming events she will be singing at.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ozarks Oriental...

This is one of the fine sculptures in the Asian section of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City. I loved the colors of this one once I boosted the exposure on it in Adobe Bridge. And you guys thought I was through with my art gallery pictures!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Shenandoah National Park

I was going through some older pictures and found this one which I don't think I have ever shared. I love back lit tree shots, just a weird trait of mine I guess. It also fit Carmi's theme this week - up.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Girl and Her Guitar

Amy and I did a photo shoot the other night. We had lots of fun trying out some lighting combinations. She got this guitar a few weeks back to satisfy her musical needs since she decided to discontinue band. She decided taking more academic classes would help her college career.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Northwest Arkansas Roller Girls - 2009 Season!

Teresa and I went to Springdale to see the first bout of the Arkansas Killbillies. The NWA Rollergirls put on quite a show and had a lot of fun in their opening event.

We had a lot of fun and I think the ladies are getting used to having me around!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

University of Missouri - The Columns

THE symbol of the University of Missouri is this set of six columns in the commons area near Jesse Hall.

The columns are all that remains of the first building on site, the old Academic Hall. It was destroyed by fire on January 9, 1892. The columns were severely damaged and it was determined to remove them. The Alumni objected and raised the funds to preserve the six iconic columns and today they remain, the symbol of the University and the site of many traditions on this great campus.

The University was the first state university situated west of the Mississippi River. In the next post we will see a way the University benefited from this status.

As a side note, today Teresa and I are traveling to Springdale, Arkansas. We will be shooting the opening bout of the Northwest Arkansas Roller Girls for 2009.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Home of the Missouri Tigers

Columbia, Missouri is home to the University of Missouri, more commonly known as MU. The school mascot are the Tigers and the reason for this life size bronze tiger. That is Jesse Hall in the background.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

This past Friday evening Teresa and I spent a wonderful evening with Larry and Carol at their Little Cedar Lodge. We had great tacos and salsa along with a great evening of conversation. It is always great to catch up with big brother!

We were up there for a MASL conference. So the next morning I took Teresa to the Columbia Public Library for her meeting and I took off to take some pictures. After a brief detour to Columbia Camera, I headed for Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, home of a couple more natural bridges. I had never been to this park before but Larry said it was pretty good.

Fortunately, the temperature was cooperating rising quickly into the 50's. The scant snowfall they had received the week before was disappearing rapidly. I hiked the trails and made many new discoveries in this wonderful park. First off, Rock Bridge is shown from each side below. Note the damaged boardwalk trail in the first picture. Not sure what caused the damage and I am not sure I want to know!

My second discovery was further to the south and was called Connors Cave. The stairs leading down to it were open but ice covered. Oh well, the attraction was too great so down I went and I managed to stay on my feet the whole time. Probably because I was carrying the camera!

The cave has Ganns Creek running through it but the water was low enough there were stepping stones all the way in. The first picture below was deeper into the cave and the second picture was back toward the entrances. Notice the snow.

This was great fun and I hated to leave but I had an appointment with lunch at Roly Poly Wraps, a local Columbia eatery that was recommended by some of the librarians Teresa was meeting with. If you want to go to Rock Bridge Memorial Park, it is just south of Columbia on Highway 163 and it is well marked. These sites are at the Devil's Ice Box stop.