Snowy Kansas Day

Today we had the biggest single-day snowfall since 1993. Even though it was a little windy, there is something very peaceful about snow. It comes down gently, covering the earth with a cold blanket, giving new sights, and making everything appear very clean. I really enjoyed this photo, as the sky was overcast, and the line of the trees shrinking into the distance made me wonder what was beyond the edge of my frame. Peace… and quiet….

Snowy Field in B&W

Snowy Field in B&W

DanD

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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

Grand Canyon in B&W

If there was ever a place to get absolutely stunning photographs at virtually any time of day, the Grand Canyon would be that place for me. Depending on where the sun is, the quantity of clouds, the wind (which will move the dust and cause changes), and even the amount of traffic, it is continuously changing, and every photo is different. As I was going back through some of my pictures, I found this one. It, too, was taken with a point and shoot camera, but I still get chills when I see it. Changing it to Black and White took my breath away. Color was nice, beautiful, and vibrant. However, the B&W brings out the depth and the vastness, all while showing every nuance and shadow. My wife and I definitely have to go back, now that I have my Nikon D5000. Another trip to plan…. DARN. 🙂

I will tell you a little story about this trip in particular.We (and by that I mean my wife, her family, and me) went to Arizona to visit my wife’s aunt. As we planned the trip, the only thing I wanted to do on the entire trip was to go to the Grand Canyon for sunset. We got up that morning (after staying in Las Vegas, New Mexico) and drove all the way to Flagstaff. From there, it’s an hour north to get to the Grand Canyon. As we approached Flagstaff, it began to get overcast. My excitement began to wane, as I was afraid that we would not have the sunset at the Grand Canyon. It slowly got more gray and overcast, the farther North we went. My wife will say that my lip was on the ground, because I was upset about the lack of sun. I will admit that I was upset. But only a little bit. However, as we pulled through the entrance to the National Park, the clouds literally parted, and the sun came bursting through the clouds to shower us with light and warmth. I will tell you that the sun coming out made all the difference, and that was the highlight of my trip (and probably some of the others as well).

 

Grand Canyon B&W

Grand Canyon B&W

DanD