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 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
The other day, a buddy of mine texted me and asked if I would be interested in shooting some photos. After discussing it, it turned out that he and his wife were wanting to get some senior photos done for their niece. I decided that I could do that for them. After a week of them discussing ideas, we got together yesterday for the photos. I actually had fun doing this, mainly because I got to find some new areas and get some “artistic” pictures for myself, too. So it was definitely a win-win. I took these photos under a bridge in Topeka, KS. The colors in the graffiti really stood out, giving some contrast to her black and white dress. I was very happy that we had some pretty good ones (I took over 500 photos in all, yesterday). I hope you all enjoy these!
Senior Photo with Graffiti
Senior Photo 2
Senior Photo 3
With one of the big news headlines right now being the women who are suing the military for their right to fight in combat situations, I decided to sit back and think about this from my standpoint. Women have long been handling stressful situations, both in times of battle and in times of peace. Our government and military have said for years that women should not have a place in combat situations. However, where was this mandate when the US (or any other country for that matter) was being explored and settled? When the wagons rolled west, was someone there to tell the women that if their wagon and family was attacked, to NOT defend themselves? To avoid conflict? To let themselves be killed or worse? I think that the willingness to be in a combat situation should be up the individual, not someone who sits behind a desk and is not in that situation. But enough of my soapbox. This picture is a statue at the State Capital of Kansas as a tribute to the Pioneer Women. Enjoy!
Statue to Pioneer Women
So… I am not an uber-political person. I care how things get done to an extent, and I have my philosophies regarding stance (Democrat vs. Republican), but I see myself as more of a centrist overall. Personally, I find there is too much ego and personal issues brought into everything (not just from the voter, but also those who are supposed to represent the masses), so certain groups of people are quickly overlooked and ignored, while personal agendas take the forefront of platforms. But I’m not getting on a soap box here. This is for photographs, right? 🙂
So I went to the State Capital of Kansas in Topeka, KS the other day. It’s an astounding building, well over 100 years old, and is in the process of being restored. As you walk into the rotunda area, you can see all the way up into the dome, and it is beautiful. I hope you all enjoy this picture!
Kansas Capital Dome