Before digital cameras came along, you had to set your "F stop" to the proper setting to have the right exposure for your photos. There was a saying among photojournalists: "F8 and be there."--set your camera to F8, and get to the scene ready to go. Not that much has changed, really.

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Truth be told, I wanted to be a photojournalist when I grew up.


"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."

"The pictures are there, and you just take them."

WW II photographer Robert Capa

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sea of White

These amazing plants did their thing again this year. They are amazing--I even found some among the brambles in the back yard.

The flowers seemed to like the winter we had--everything has bloomed like crazy this spring/summer! Lots of flower pictures to look at. Also, Sunday night and Monday night had fabulous pink sunsets and I got a few pictures (of course).

Friday, June 25, 2010

GirlCat's Toes

Polydactyl toes from the GirlCat. I find them fascinating!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pink Flower

These don't last long but they are a pretty pink. The Color is not quite done justice here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Temporarily Displaced

Geese, finding their water turbulent, walk on a nearby lawn during the recent flooding at Indian Creek. Note the plain grey adolescent in the lead.


These clouds were in the sky the same day as the rainbow in the previous two posts.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Rainbow: About

Yesterday, we received yet more rain from the heavens, making the total for the month as recorded by the Ruskin High School rain meter at 17.58 inches. However, none of our other storms blessed us with a full horizon rainbow. Please to imagine the two pictures in the post above, together, for the full effect.


This shot shows all the colors in the rainbow. It was getting later, with the sun starting to set when this was taken.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Water, Water, Everywhere

More shots of the Blue River, out of its banks, flooding areas around the Red Bridge.

Water in the trees at the entrance to Minor Park.

Water around the heavy equipment for the new bridge construction parked at the Minor Park entrance.

Water fills the area around this picnic shelter and parking area, which is lower than the road I'm standing on to take the photo. A mind boggling amount of water! Today, the river is back in its banks and an 18 wheeler was parked in the parking area near this shelter. It would have been up to its roof in water during the flood. Wow!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Flood Waters In Action

Due to the remaining old Watt's Mill infrastructure, Indian Creek has interesting currents at this point even when not flooding and calm. With all the extra water, plenty of interesting currents and waves occur, like this one.

Water slaps up against part of the foundation of the old mill at Watt's Mill on Indian Creek.

Downstream from Watt's Mill, the water makes swirls and eddies as it passes under the Wornall Avenue bridge.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Post Storm Clouds

These clouds remained after the 2+ inches of rain on Tuesday. This view is looking west, and the setting sun and a lightening flash are providing back light.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pink Flowers

These type of flowers are pretty common all over. They are hardy perennials that don't care if you cut them in the fall or not, they'll bloom either way.

Oh, In My Dreams...

The newest site in the cheezburger empire, which specializes in "Everything in Excess, Including Excess" recently ran this photograph of a photographer. Commenters related she was probably at a conference and was snapping group shots for everyone, or more simply, was just holding cameras as a gag.

I wanted to mug her and take all her cameras, especially her Nikon.

The Observer, trying to remember that thing about coveting. Does it cover photographic equipment? I've got my Bible out and I'm looking for the loophole!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Husky Dog

A Husky up for adoption named Dante looks up at passersby while enjoying the cool floor in the Wayside Waifs lobby.

Patriot Guard Riders

There were rumors that the Phelps clan (I just flat refuse to call this organization a church) would try to disrupt or protest John Glaser's funeral. The Patriot Guard riders were invited to support the event and to provide protection from the protesters. I am happy to report that there were no protests.

The Riders brought up the rear of the procession. Here (below) they are at the 135 Street/Quivira Road turn and here (above) turning off of Roe Avenue onto the church property.

A Patriot Rider takes a bit of video of fire fighters and others entering the church before the service.

One rider posts a reminder on his bike of why they are riding THIS day.


More from the funeral of Shawnee FF John Glaser.

Olathe Fire Department personnel wait for the procession to come to 135th St and Quivera Road.

Shawnee FD aerial trucks lift the flag at the entryway to the church grounds off Nall Avenue.

Flags and Patriot Guard motorcycles on the walkway on the south side of the church.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Too Long to Fit

Oh, nuts, I didn't fit it in! But there is some charm in the botched composition of this shot of KCMO FD's Truck 7...

AND It is hard to see your digital viewfinder in bright sun light.

Fire Truck-a-palooza

Everyone loves to look at fire trucks! The Procession for Shawnee Firefighter John Glaser's funeral featured over 100 emergency vehicles, including these fire trucks from, top to bottom, Bonner Springs, KS; Gladstone, MO; Lee's Summit, MO; North Kansas City, MO and Lenexa, KS.

Has It Really Been Two Weeks?

So sorry to have no posts here for two weeks. It's not that I haven't been taking pictures--in fact it's an embarrassment of riches. I get to rummaging around in the digital pile looking for just the right one. All I come up with sometimes is reasons why I should not post this one or that one. In the end, I end up like this Wayside Waifs kitty; just watching. So, no more of that...


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