Monday, October 18, 2010

Update on a Front Porch of Our Own

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

A Front Porch of Our Own

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

Our Fair City - Downtown Springfield on an August Night

This is a shot of Downtown Springfield from Mill Street on a hot August evening. Teresa and I had an enjoyable evening exploring the sites along Mill and Water Streets.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Stockton State Park Marina - Near Stockton, Missouri

A very quiet Friday afternoon at Stockton Lake. Stockton is well known for its' sailboats, but it appears most of them are tied up waiting for their owners to show up for the weekend.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Drury University's Stone Chapel

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

Riverdale on the Finley River, South of Nixa, Missouri

Before Tonal Contrast

With Tonal Contrast

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.

Prairie State Park - Liberal, Missouri

There is something very lonely about this picture. Teresa and I were at one of the trail stops and this UPS truck went by heading toward park headquarters. Reminds me a little of the movie Castaway, wrong company of course, but it still reminds me of it.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The World Wide Photo Walk - 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

Wood's Prairie - Near Mount Vernon, Missouri

The Indian Paintbrush is in full bloom this weekend!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Big Read - Author Richard Peck

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

Inexorably Busy Lives

Kansas Veterans Memorial located on the Pittsburg State University Campus taken during the Southwest Missouri Camera Club field trip in February

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

Siegels Final Position - Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Every year our local camera club goes out to Wilson's Creek to work on photos for their calendar. I have participated for a couple of years but did not manage to do so last year. Last Saturday evening we went out and I thought we were going to get rained out. I took this photo at the southern most part of the park at a place where they do most of their demonstrations. I liked the wet benches after an early spring thunderstorm went through.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Emily at Wilson's Creek 2

My favorite picture of Emily at Wilson's Creek. I overlooked this shot when I went through the last bunch...because the skies were not as menacing. It was like overlooking a diamond.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Emily at Wilson's Creek

Emily is a wonderful young woman who is helping me out with an upcoming camera club field trip in June. We went to Wilson's Creek to practice and get to know each other. She did a great job for her first time at modeling.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Strobists Meet Up

Teresa and I attended the Strobists Meet Up here in Springfield today and it was great fun! I am attaching a link to Young Photography you can check out the rest of the pictures. The models were great and it was hard to take a bad picture of this bunch!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Return to Ha Ha Tonka

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

Southwest Missouri Camera Club Field Trip to Jordan Valley Park

Some pictures just tell a was closing time and everyone has just turned in their skates.

One of the more proficient skaters with some form!

Hard landing in the snow?

Some of the other club members shooting. We were able to get into the team boxes!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Train Chasing...Again

We were blessed with a few inches of snow and I got invited out to shoot train pictures with Charlie Dischinger, who is a noted railroad photographer. He showed me a couple of new locations along with giving me tips on how to make better rail shots.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

MSU at Night

We completed our first camera club field trip yesterday. We shot the MSU (Missouri State University) campus at night before the rain set in. I enjoy night shoots and look forward to a few more this year.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The Wedding

My little girl got married last Saturday. I have been busy all week working by day on year end financials and by evening on wedding pictures. Kate did a great job of planning and implementing her wedding. I would say if she could do the same thing in business Bill Gates better watch out. We all had a wonderful day and I am finally getting rested up!

Congratulations Kate and Nathan!