A foggy December morning along the river in downtown Wichita, Ks. That’s the science center called Exploration Place in the background.
Just Another Fall On The Little Arkansas
What I find interesting about this image is the location. Sure, it’s a nice fall scene on the Little Arkansas (Ar-Kan-Sas not Ar-Kan-Saw – it’s a local thing ). What I find interesting is that it is in the middle of the largest city in Kansas, a metropolitan area of roughly 500,000 people last I heard. If you look closely you can see a few small hints at civilization in the image – what you can’t see are the house lined streets that parallel the river, or the busy four lane bridge/street behind the photographer. This is one of those scenes you would have about a two second glimpse of while crossing the bridge in traffic. I got that two second glimpse the other day, so later found a place to park and dashed out onto the bridge (not in the traffic lanes hehe) for a few quick frames. Too bad the sky was so bland, but you can’t have everything. I can always try again. It IS possible to find scenes like this in a heavily urban area, just a little tricky.
To tell you the truth, I really don’t know what I’m doing with this one. It just felt right for it to be blue.
Sunset On The Little Arkansas River
You are looking at the very end of the Little Arkansas river in the heart of Wichita, where it flows into the Arkansas (sometimes called the Big Arkansas) river. There is a small elevation drop you can see on the left side of the frame as the little river drops into the main river. The ducks and geese were happy this particular evening because they got to enjoy a rain shower. Blackbear Bosin’s Keeper of The Plains can be seen here, viewed head on. This is a three exposure HDR processed in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom.
Clearing Storm At Sunset
Here’s another clearing storm HDR image, taken closer to sunset than the one I posted last week. This one has a more ominous feel to it I think, again showing the lower than normal Arkansas river and the Exploration Place science building. It was a waiting game, killing time as the sun slowly moved behind the last line of clouds. There’s some crepuscular ray action going on here, and that figure just below the sun is the well known Keeper of the Plains sculpture by Blackbear Bosin.