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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.

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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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Two North Main

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Another colorful building facade in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   Watch your step.


Overgrown

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Another image from the ivy strewn stone wall of an abandoned building in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


Abandoned

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The facade of an abandoned building in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   There were many no trespassing signs around so I had to shoot this from the street, working with about a 3 foot wide space between traffic behind me and a sheer drop off into a drainage ditch in front for the tripod….meaning I couldn’t get in there for any oblique angles etc.  Oh yeah, it was raining a little too!   I always wonder what the people driving by are thinking….are they thinking “cool, I wonder what that guy is photographing?”, or something more like “what an idiot!”   I suspect more of the second.


The Flatiron Building

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No, not THAT Flatiron Building.   This is the one in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   The original was built in 1880 and burned down in 1890.   A replacement was built in 1890 and also burned down.   The one there now was built in 1987.   At least the site is historic.   To me, it looks like a locomotive surging down the street with building in tow.   The building houses a hotel (“The Flatiron Flats” of course), and some shops.    I’ve photographed it before but finally got something I am somewhat pleased with.


The Meteorite Shop

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One of the quirky little shops in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.   Not your garden variety establishment.   I didn’t actually go into the meteorite shop (which is upstairs apparently)….that would have involved sprinting a block to catch up with my wife to tell (OK, ask) her about going in.   I was already tired, there is virtually nothing level in Eureka Springs.    Still, it makes for a nice little storefront image.


Sunset Road No. 2

 

 

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Yesterday I posted about the uncanny appearance of the aptly named “Sunset Road” on a trip home last Sunday.   This is the last image from that stop.   Usually I try and avoid man-made objects in a landscape, other than something  like a windmill or barn, but for some reason I included our car in this one.   I had been in front of the car a couple minutes earlier, shooting towards the sunset.   Once I got these up on the computer,  I liked the sky in this one better.  Amazing how much a sunset sky can change during two minutes.