Monday, October 18, 2010
These are some shots of the interior of our soon to be new house. Amy says I can't have deer heads though.
I had one of my good blogging friends email me today about how the house was coming. It is on track to a close at the end of the month. It passed all its inspections with flying colors and I thoroughly enjoyed my day crawling all over her.
The trick on the new house is that it will be half the size of our current home. That means yours truly has to get rid of a lot of stuff. It will force me to examine my various collections and say goodbye to some things. We have adopted the philosophy of keep the best and get rid of the rest. This week we made our first steps in this regard utilizing Craigslist to get rid of our large theater seats and a huge treadmill. We have one more large item to get rid of and that may be difficult as it is a large screen TV. No space for something like that and no one wants one. I even wonder if I need a TV, oh yeah Fringe, okay maybe I do need one.
Most of my train collection will probably have to go or be replaced by a garden railway. Books are always a problem. I have never met a book I didn't like. This is one trend that will have to stop. I will have to learn to live with less to enjoy the open expanses of this home.
Over the coming months I will periodically share my transition to lean. Maybe I will even become leaner as I work over the new house. A side benefit of a front porch of our own?
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Long-time followers of Ozark Photos will know that I made my mark on Blogdom with my front porch series. Aside from a couple of stories I ran on Ha Ha Tonka State Park this series may have been the most followed of the blog.
Times change and opportunities arise. I accepted a transfer to Fort Scott, Kansas recently for my company. Teresa and I decided we wanted to live in an old house before we actually became too old ourselves to live in one. Off we went to Fort Scott getting the good fortune to get hooked up with Elisa Hessong as our realtor. She, just like any good realtor assembled and scheduled the list of houses we requested but also threw in one she had just listed. We went through our complete list and I was getting a little disappointed as we drove up to the one Elisa had thrown in for us. I knew I was in trouble the minute we pulled up. Teresa’s eyes had this glow in them I had not seen for many years. A white picket fence surrounds the house like a thousand tiny sentinels. We entered the gate and climbed up on the porch. I looked around and smiled. It was a quaint little porch on a quaint little house. Entering the house we found it to be almost ideal. I discovered it was almost as if I had come home as we went through it. There were things about it that were familiar. My thoughts kept going back to the ancient farm house my grandparents owned for so many years near Lamar; so many similarities, so many memories. We finished the tour and we began our drive back toward Missouri and everything we talked about came back to that house. We looked at more houses a couple of weeks later and came back to this one with Kate. She loved it too.
So here we stand today on the verge of owning a 130 year old house. A contract not yet closed on but it looks like we have found Ozark Photos West. For a time we will be in two places but I have a feeling we have found a front porch of our own.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
Three views of Drury's Stone Chapel. Teresa was on her quest for scavenger hunt entries for this months camera club meeting and I was just taking pictures. It was fun to finally just take pictures. I have been leading field trips this year for the camera club and have spent a lot of time taking care of details of the trips rather than taking pictures.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
This is old mill site I call Riverdale on the Finley River south of Nixa. I had a blogging friend, Cris, who told me about this after I posted photos on Linden Lure. Two years later I went to find it!
The only problem with this spot is it is virtually inaccessible with no parking and no trespassing signs every where. Still it gave me a very "Ozarks" shot. I shot this from the road after parking in a no parking spot! :)
I played with high tonal contrast on this one. Let me know what you think.
Okay, Mark and Clayton, I have added the original picture just before the tonal conversion so you can see what it looked like prior to the conversion.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Pictures from today's Springfield section of Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk. The top picture is the adventurous group that followed me through the old industrial district of Springfield. Anna was our model for the day...she did a great job!
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Last night Teresa and I went to see the final program for this year's big read. Among those featured was author Richard Peck who wrote "A Long Way From Chicago" which was this year's Big Read for the Springfield-Greene County Library System.
The first thing I want to say is the program was packed! It began with local historian John Rutherford who talked about Springfield in the 1930's to give the participants an idea of what life might have been like in the time the book was set. John did a great job and did you know Amelia Earhart once lived in Springfield when her father was seeking employment with the Frisco? I didn't...I also discovered that one of the greatest premeditated police murders was committed by a bunch called the Young brothers. No relation!
Next came the Willard South Acting Group who did a reading from A Long Way From Chicago. What a talented bunch.
Then Richard Peck spoke. What a speaker! He talked about how he became an author and how he gets ideas for his writing. You talk about inspirational.
The pictures above are of The Library Center under some wonderful storm clouds and the fading light of the day, author Richard Peck and Teresa who is a teacher/librarian and then the Willard South students just before their reading.
It was a great event! Thanks to the Springfield - Greene County Library for putting it on.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Well it has been quite a while since I have written a post for Ozark Photos. So what has been going on? Well to be honest quite a bit in our inexorably busy lives. Our oldest daughter married in January, our youngest graduates in May and begins college. I am the field trip chairperson this year for the Southwest Missouri Camera Club for which I have had high goals for both the number and quality of the trips we do. Then there is my burgeoning portrait practice of which I have been working hard on. This, unfortunately, leaves little time to write and share with you all.
Most of you who are followers of Ozark Photos know I have been working on portrait work a lot lately which has given me an intense satisfaction. I know most of you who stop here do not particularly care for portraits unless they help tell a story of the Ozarks. What you really want to see are more sites of the Ozarks and the stories of the people of the Ozarks.
With that in mind I am going to try and put a shot in the arm to this blog. I know many people say that and then things just kind of die out. This site has long been a part of me and the photographer I have become. I came here the other night and thought long and hard about the lack of activity for a while. As I was thinking about that I scrolled down to see what was going on with the counter on this blog and was shocked to realize even though people are not leaving comments there are a huge number of people hitting the site. Then I realized I was disappointing my readers by not posting so often. So I made a commitment in my mind to renew my resolve to document this wonderful region of the country called the Ozarks.
I wish to state my sincere appreciation to one of my readers and the Springfield Blogger’s Association who in my absence nominated Ozark Photos’ story “The Many Faces of Ha Ha Tonka State Park” as best photo story of the year. I haven’t even checked to see if or how the results came out. It doesn’t really matter. What does is I was deeply touched by this nomination and it has been a large factor in my thoughts about the future of Ozark Photos. So whoever you were that nominated this site thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate you, the reader, and I will work hard to bring you more of the quality of stories that “The Many Faces” was.
So what are my goals for Ozark Photos in the coming year? First and foremost, I want to present clear and concise photographic stories of the people and places of the Ozarks Region. Secondly, but not less important is I want Ozark Photos to be a conduit for people with photographic interests to discuss the hobby and travel to sites where you can learn more to improve your craft. I hope these goals coincide with yours and as always stop by leave your comments and stay awhile. Welcome to the Ozarks.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
It is a new season and there were remnants of a snowfall so when Amy and I were returning from Westminster College the other day we took a slight detour at Camdenton to re-visit one of
my favorite photo locations. It was a cold gray day, which I liked, but Amy stayed in the car as I trudged through about four inches of snow to get some shots. I love this place in the winter when the leaves on the trees don't hide as much of the castle.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Congratulations Kate and Nathan!