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.
One of Wichita’s notable sites is native American sculptor Blackbear Bosin’s 1974 “The Keeper of the Plains”, which sits at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers in downtown Wichita. A few years ago this area had a major facelift, the statue was elevated on a much higher rock base, and two rather spectacular (by Wichita standards anyway) suspension bridges for pedestrians were erected. The statue area is now easily accessible from either side of the rivers. I like photographing the Keeper, but had never gotten the chance to shoot it in the fog.