Monday, February 28, 2011

Fort Scott National Historic Site

It has been a long winter. Sunday it finally warmed up into the upper 60's and the weather was very mixed. Driven by inspiration from the Student Association of Photographers seminar I just attended at Pittsburg State University I ventured forth and the photography angels smiled on me. As I drove the 5 or 6 blocks to the fort a brief rain shower ensued and then the sun briefly broke through. These are the images that were captured.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Simplicity - Observations

I know there are a few of you out there who wonder what happened to me. Well, I am still alive and kicking. Changing jobs and locations has changed my entire focus on life to some degree. That is what I want to discuss today.

I have noticed a strange trend in my life since I have moved to Fort Scott. I have much less of the temptations of acquiring stuff. In fact, I find myself even inclined to get rid of stuff, which as you recall from an earlier posting is essential. The funny thing though is as I get to know people here in town I notice that many if not all of them accumulate more money that stuff. Many of the people here are debt free even to the point of having homes paid off. How did I find this out? They just say that is the way it is. So the question I ask coming from a city where everyone is trying to keep up with everyone else is why? Are people in larger cities more likely to buy things, bigger and better because the neighbors have something? Do they see others buying things more and decide they need to have them? Is it because it takes more effort to get the extras of life?

It is probably all the above, but I think it is more likely that we realize we don't need all that stuff. Perhaps it is enough to talk to your neighbors and enjoy just the simple satisfaction of a conversation about the weather, or to laugh with those around you. Perhaps we realize the best time spent is that where you work in your yard or sit on the front porch and enjoy the passing of the day.

Either way I do like small town living...there is plenty to do and there is time to enjoy life.

More to come...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Great Blizzard of 2011 - Aftermath

These photos were taken the morning after the great blizzard and represent the first pictures I have really gotten out to take of my new hometown of Fort Scott. Notice the lack of people in these shots. It was cold and early. Work was closed due to the 16 inches of snow we received. Road crews were busy and I felt in their way. Every residential street in Fort Scott had already been plowed. Impressive.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Great Blizzard of 2011

Well this certainly isn't the most artistic picture that I have ever posted here but it is the only one I have taken of the Great Blizzard of 2011 that is clobbering the nation today. Work let off early and I got to come home to our 130 year old home. It is warm and cozy. I understand now why it has been around for 130 years. The stories these walls could tell.

I read today a post by my blogging friend Victoria which I found very interesting given my interest in tiny houses and alternative living. You can read it here if my link works.

Take care and stay warm everyone.