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Sky Fall

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A little strip of fall color and sky at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Ks.

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Kaleidoscope Tree

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I went to Sedgwick County Park here in Wichita, Kansas  Sunday to look for fall color.  The first scene that I stopped for was this crazy multi-colored tree.   I leave it to any botanists/arborists/tree experts for the scientific explanation.   It looks as if the leaves are changing at wildly differing rates on various parts of the tree.


Warhawk

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The mighty P-40 Warhawk, flown by the Commemorative Air Force.   The P-40 first flew in 1938, it was the third most-produced American fighter of World War II, after the P-51 and P-47.   Warhawks served all over the world in combat during the war.   I had never seen one in person, but thankfully one was on hand for the Wichita Flight Festival this year.    The P-40 took off in pursuit of the Japanese fighters in the Tora Tora Tora show, it was great.   Beautiful plane.   When parked, it was roped off in a way that severely limited the angles from which it could be photographed.  I would have loved to have been able to get around in front of it as well.

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Blue Evening At The Keeper Of The Plains

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Blackbear Bosin’s The Keeper of the Plains, located at the confluence of the Big & Little Arkansas rivers in the heart of my home town, Wichita, Ks.   The sky looked interesting this particular evening so I drove down to the Keeper and loitered about.   After getting soaked by a brief rain shower, things started to improve.   I have some images with more dramatic clouds, but I really liked the deep blue evening sky color in this one, contrasted with the artificially lit sculpture.   There are a lot of power lines in the area, along with a couple of tall suspension bridge towers (interesting subject for photos as well) so it is sometimes a challenge to frame the sculpture to exclude all those things.


Cadillac

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One last image from the car show.   A great old black Cadillac.   It was at last years show also, I have many a shot of it’s hood ornament, of which I have posted a couple in the past.  (The third photo down in my recent “hood ornament bonanza” post for example.   It’s a big old hulking piece of American metal, full of interesting details and a boat load of character, beautifully restored and maintained.


Purple

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Seen at the Blacktop Nationals car show in Wichita last weekend.  I believe this a Chevy, circa 1936.   It was beautiful.  I’m guessing this color was not among those offered by Chevrolet in the 1930’s !


The Backyard Sky

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There were some fairly interesting clouds in the area yesterday evening, as small rain showers popped up here and there.  One was blocking the western sun, so I spent some time in the back yard shooting.   I have a dream to someday live  in a house with mostly unobstructed views to the horizon, at least towards the west, with perhaps some rolling hills and/or an interesting tree or two for foreground interest.   Unfortunately that is not the case at present.  Still, the clouds are nice no matter the setting.

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I kind of like the one above in black and white.

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Famous Since 1891

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When in the heart of Eureka Springs, Arkansas one is confronted with these giant signs painted on the brick sides of this building.  I always thought they looked cool.  That’s all.


Urban Landscape-View from 21rst Street

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This is a scene from one of the less attractive sides of Wichita.  Grain elevators are a common sight here, as they are all across the plains.   I also seem to be obsessed with old water towers that look like rockets on the launch pad.  This particular one has been bedeviling me for years, this is the first time I actually stopped to photograph it.  The clouds were interesting on this day, so I stopped for a grand total of about 90 seconds to grab a few frames.   (This involved parking at the side of a busy street in not the greatest area of town. )  It’s an HDR, monochrome conversion with a little extra post processing.


My Wife Doesn’t Like It

 

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My wife, bless her, is not a yes (wo)man.   She is frank and honest with me when I show her my photos.   Supportive always, but never shy to say “don’t like it” if she doesn’t like it.  I think this is probably a good thing for me, but raises the question….could she be wrong?   Sometimes perhaps.  This makes me think of the subjective nature of art, two people can view the same piece and have totally different reactions.   If I had to guess, I’d say music is even more subjective than the visual arts, but that’s just the impression I get from life experience.    Anyhow, in this post I offer two images from Eureka Springs, Arkansas that have been sneaked past the spouse filter and onto the blog.   She didn’t like either of these.   I’m not claiming them as my best work, but I thought she was……too harsh!   🙂    Sorry honey!

 

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