Kansas Prairie Grass

I love Kansas. Lots of people say that Kansas is flat and boring. There are parts that are flat, and some parts that are boring, but the lighting, the storms and sunsets we get, and the contrasts throughout the seasons is stunning, and always brings something new every day. I usually say that in Kansas, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes”. The day I took this photo, the weather was “warm” for December (it was in the mid 50’s farenheit), but it was overcast and a little breezy. While walking around the Governor’s House in Topeka, Kansas, I sat down among some of the prairie grass and took this photo. The darker trees and house in the distance really made the grass stand out, and the coloring of the sky gave another level of contrast I enjoyed. I hope you all enjoy it as well!

Kansas Prairie Grass

Kansas Prairie Grass

DanD

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Sunset

Kansas is known as the Wheat State for a reason: We produce a LOT of wheat. And Corn. And other grains that are used world-wide. Therefore, we have a lot of large grain elevators, which keep the grains clean and safe until they are needed. This is one of the grain elevators in Topeka, Kansas. The clouds made for a nice backdrop against the sky, while the sun was setting. I thought the coloring was spectacular, and made for some interesting contrasts. I hope you enjoy!

Sunset at the Grain Elevator

Sunset at the Grain Elevator

DanD

Reflections on Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. Yep, I said “Christmas”. I love Christmas. I celebrate it every year, not just for the gifts (which are nice), not just for the food either (I love to eat), but I celebrate it for the religious aspect mostly. Plus, I love winter and snow. I don’t say it to offend anyone. I respect each person’s right to believe and celebrate what or how they want to. If someone celebrates Hanukkah, I would tell them “Happy Hanukkah”, and it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. If someone else doesn’t celebrate it, I respect that, too. I would tell them “Happy Holidays” or “Have a great New Year”. That being said, my wife and I decorated our Christmas tree today. If ever you have been upset about decorating a Christmas tree due to the unending wounds suffered from the needles, you just need to change the tree you get. We always go with real trees. You can’t beat the wonderful scent of pine trees around this time of year. When we go find our tree, we always look for an “Eastern White Pine“. They have long needles, and are very soft to the touch. Since we found this wonderful tree, I have not once had a wound from decorating. Here is my picture for today. I hope you enjoy it!

Reflections on Christmas

Reflections on Christmas

DanD

Another B&W Photo

Today I was revisiting some of my pictures from earlier in the year. Back in October, my wife and I went to Echo Cliff near Dover, KS. This shot was interesting in color, even with a lot of the trees and leaves in shadow, with the light coming through them. However, I thought the B&W of the same image really accentuated the light and the shadows, which drew me into the picture in a way that I hadn’t seen it before. At any rate, I certainly hope you all enjoy it as well!

Echo Cliff in B&W

Echo Cliff in B&W

 

DanD