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I once double parked my buggy in the car section, and was ticketed.  The horse was mad at me too.   Anyhow, although my wife has insisted a funny caption “would come to me”, I’m giving up on that and going into an explanation.   This sign is on a very good restaurant in the tiny Kansas town of Yoder.   Founded in 1889 as an Amish community, it survives to this day.   In addition to the Carriage Crossing  restaurant, there are other shops in town that cater to visitors.   You can still see horse drawn buggies around the area, mingling with cars.   This sign could make for a photograph that was actually good, if you happened to visit at the right time and caught some buggies and cars, in interesting light perhaps.

(For anyone outside the U.S., I’m not sure if “Buggy” is an American  term or not, it refers to a small horse drawn vehicle.)

Supernatural Fog #7




I’m running out of new fog images to post.  Finally.   This was an amazingly productive little photo outing in Belleville, Ks., on Dec. 1.

Supernatural Fog #6




Supernatural Fog #5




Breaking the rule of thirds yet again.

Supernatural Fog #3 & #4







Supernatural Fog #2




Hawk Road



Prior to stopping at Sunset Road, described in my last two posts, on Sunday we first stopped at Hawk Road.   There was a wind farm in the distance, and  this is the one image from that stop that I kind of liked.  This is somewhat strange, because I generally despise power lines.   Sometimes though, if they are out in the country, receding into the distance, on old school T shaped poles ….they kind of work.   I may never admit to that again!

Sunset Road No. 2




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.

Sunset Road No. 1



Last Saturday, on the way home to Wichita from northern Kansas, my wife, stepson, and I were  fortunate enough to be out on the plains as the sun set.  As usual, the urge to get home was powerful.   The sunset was only mediocre.   We made one stop, which only produced mediocre photos.   I was ready to stay on the highway and get home, but my wife and stepson urged me to stop again.  Usually I don’t get that much enthusiasm from the gang….so I thought OK, lets see if the next crossroad has a good name – not great criteria for chosing  a road for photography, but that’s how I was feeling.   The next green sign came up into view, announcing the name of the crossroad.    As I read the sign, it took a moment to sink in.   The actual, official, name of the road is “Sunset Road”.    Well if that isn’t a sign from above, I don’t know what is.   We pulled off and I shot for a bit.  The sunset never developed into one of those major shooting rays kind of thing, but it was very nice to be out on Sunset Road in the country.   Would I have stopped if the road was named “Smith Road”, or ” Rocky Road”, or whatever?…I don’t know.

Pot of Gold



I don’t even like this photo that much.  So why am I posting it?  Good question.  It doesn’t have a carefully crafted composition, probably due to the fact I was running across a busy road after a hail storm with lightning about.   I sort of like it though.   There was no pot of gold to be found, but there was some golden wheat.   One of my favorite inspirational photos was created by the late Galen Rowell, who took a famous image of a rainbow and a palace in Tibet.   Perhaps that was what I was going for here.   Unfortunately I am too old to run very far, and there are no palaces to be found, and this rainbow appears to be lacking in the blue and the violet.   I still kind of like it, so there you have it.


Here’s another, taken a couple of minutes earlier.  Somehow the transmitter tower does not really have the visual power of  a palace in Tibet, but we must work with what we have available.

Rainbow and tower.