Sunrise in Kansas Saturday, Sep 19 2009 

Sunrise in Kansas

17 September 2009

This was the sunrise as I exited the highway near my brother’s house in Kansas City.
At this point, I was so weary I’m surprised I thought to take a photo. But, the red sky in the morning rhyme was running through my head, and it was pretty.

~MB

Summer in Review Saturday, Sep 19 2009 

Summer Calendar in Review

16 September 2009

My summer is over. I finished the very last of my packout by just after noon, helped Sean with some of the winterizing he’s going to do for me, and after all the goodbyes, I was ready to hit the road with the cat in the car by about 1:20 p.m. That’s when I realized that my truck battery was dead. Literally ready to start a ten-hour drive, and the truck won’t start.

Now, I always have jumper cables . . . but when the truck is fully loaded for one of these cross-country semi-annual trips, those cables are in a box at the bottom of the heap! So, knowing how much time I’d lose in the unpacking and repacking of the truck, I went on a quest to borrow a set of jumper cables. Finally successful, thanks to one of our site guys, Skip, Sean hooked up the cables between his jeep and my truck and voila! I said goodbye again, and drove about three hundred yards before I realized I’d forgotten to take this photo of the day. I’ve taken this same basic photo in years past, and it’s a great way for me to capture the memories of the summer. It’s a full schedule we keep . . . a full schedule of hard work and amazingly good times.

As I drove around and circled back to the booth to take this photo and passed in front of our shop, I caught Sean coming out to pull in some final decorations, and took his photo as well!

So, I said my goodbye to Sean a third time, and drove away toward Kenosha where I had two errands to do, and finally pointed the truck west on Highway 50 at about 3:30 p.m.

I drove well for the first half of the trip to Kansas City.  I made it to my favourite travel stop—the Chico’s store in Coral Ridge (Iowa City), just moments before they closed.  But, the hours after about ten p.m. were difficult ones.  I got sleepy and decided to pull off the road and rest, but couldn’t get comfortable.  I tried once in a noisy rest stop.  Once in a mostly empty gas station parking lot.  I stopped for gasoline even when I didn’t really need it.  I stretched every time I stopped.  I ate junk food.   It was a miserable journey.  I got a total of about two hours of pseudo-sleep and it was seven a.m. when I finally crept into my brother’s house and laid down on the little sofa in the family room.  I left the cat in the car, and figured I’d get maybe another hour’s worth of a nap.  Nope.  More like thirty minutes or so.  But, I got to visit with McKenna briefly over breakfast before she was off to school.  And, I had a lively, intelligent political debate with my brother.  At about eleven or so, he and Melanie were headed out to an appointment, so I hit the road at the same time.  In hindsight, I should have stayed and gotten a little sleep.  But, I really just wanted to be home.  So, I decided to push on through the tired, knowing that would be easier in the daylight.  I did resort to the purchase of an energy drink at one point, but ultimately, I made it home by about 8 p.m. 

Home in Texas.  Summer’s over.

~MB

Orange, Green & Blue Tuesday, Oct 2 2007 

1 October 2007
The best month of the year has just started. And you know what, it was a decent day. Marita Beth continued working on East Wind Games and making the inventory mess much happier, while I slaved away at my day-job. On the drive home, I passed through a typical construction zone in South Arlington and grabbed this photo while stopped at a stop light:
Construction Pylon.
It’s a good thing I did, too, as it was the only photo I took. After gettting home, I ran around pulling together my footy kit since I had a game last night. I didn’t get home from the game until just about 11:30. I was knackered and not up to more photography. So, I just hoped that the single shot would be ok. As it turns out it is. I like the way the orange pops out against the green hillside and the bluesky. I also like what I believe is a spider in the hole at the top of the pylon. Of course, I’d have never seen that from the car, it’s just a serendipitous inclusion. The last thing in the evening was to check my Fantasy Football (NFL) score. 1/2 of a point. I lost by 1/2 of a point to a certain Klobe. *Grrrr*
Cheers.

~KR (1 October 2007)

Listening to:
Wearing the Inside Out by Pink Floyd
on The Division Bell

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

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Neglected Road Monday, Sep 24 2007 

22 September 2007
Friday, and thank goodness. I got a good start on the day and was running early enough that I stopped on a sideroad to snap some shots. This road is a short little, abandoned feeder between Trinity & Mossier Valley in Ft. Worth.
Neglected Road
Perhaps abandoned is too strong a word, but it certainly is neglected. That includes the several houses (read: shacks) on the road, too. Quite an eye-opening experience driving a road like that in a "civilized" area like Ft. Worth. Makes me appreciate what I have.
Cheers.

~KR (21 September 2007)

Listening to:
Response by Gary Burton
on Duster

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Garden of Angels Friday, Sep 14 2007 

11 September 2007
A day that changed so many lives and so many industries, forever. Flags flew at half-mast, prayers were said and songs were sung through the United States on this anniversary of a terrible thing. I chose as my subject for today the cemetary I drive by every day, The Garden of Angels. I've photographed it before, many times. But, I like this one a lot.
Garden of Angels...again
The people are gone, but their legacies, their families and memories of them remain. I'm not one to stand on ceremony, and I certainly don't wish to be placed in a box under 6 feet of dirt when I'm gone; but the amount of love and care that goes into keeping this little Garden clean and fresh is amazing. This dedication to the memories of those who have gone before is peaceful and happy. May those happy memories never fade.
Cheers.

~KR (11 September 2007)

Listening to:
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
on Grace

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Destruction Equipment Monday, Aug 13 2007 

10 August 2007

Friday, finally, and another day that just got away. At 5, the boss came to me and said, we can finish this up at any joint with WiFi; so off we went to (where else?) No Frills Grill. We worked for at least 2 maybe 3 more hours. On the way I spied this crazy little bit of machinery: construction_equipment
It’s in that construction zone I waxed about previously, but what was most amusing about it and the reason I took the photo was its size. It’s small. Quite small, really, for a piece of destruction construction equipment. I didn’t notice when I took the photo, leaned out of my car window as I was, the Whataburger cup on the butt of the machine. I guess its synchronistic appearance in the photo puts paid to my amusement at how small it was. That cup looks absolutely monstrous in comparative size. Oh, and in the trees you can see the vestigates of the “webs” created by those parasitic webworms that invaded North Texas earlier this year.
Cheers.

~KR (10 August 2007)

Listening to:
My Funny Valentine by Keith Jarrett
on Still Live

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 24.3 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Hungry Cormac Thursday, Aug 9 2007 

6 August, 2007

Sad to leave Wisconsin/Illinois and sadder still to leave my wife and friends behind, but glad to have my dogs back with me. It’s silly how much I miss them when they’re not with me. This is Cormac, a side-view mirror, my fingers and a Taco Bell. Hungry Cormac
On Friday last, I took more photos than I knew what to do with. i repeated that feat on Saturday and a little lesser on Sunday. This Monday, i took two bad photos. I guess I’m just tired of photos of Airport interiors. So, a photo of a hungry border collie sniffing the Taco Bell odors as photographed through a side-view mirror by a tired man in a vibrating car is what we have.
Cheers.

~KR (6 August 2007)

Listening to:
To One in Paradise by The Alan Parsons Project
on Tales Of Mystery And Imagination

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 10.9 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Construction Wednesday, Jul 25 2007 

24 July 2007
Construction. That bane of every driver has come, in aces, to my neighbourhood. You see, a Wal-Mart is opening just over 2 miles from my house at the intersection of a busy FM highway and one of the primary arteries between Mansfield and Arlington. Despite much opposition and votes against the construction of this Wal-Mart, which necessitated the destruction of a beautiful section (one of the last in our area) of woodland, it is progressing. There does not seem to exist a direct correlation between surrounding property values and the existence of a Wal-Mart so certainly I can’t use that as any sort of defensive stance. Although independent studies done by Thomas Muller on the effects of Wal-Marts in Iowa suggests that property values could decline by 16-20% in the years immediately following the erection of the sprawl. However, since each Wal-Mart also contributed about $2 million to the local tax base, the detrimental effect was overlooked at the micro level as the macro level tended to benefit. As a small business owner (Bannockburn Bridge & East Wind Games), I am petrified by the construction. Not only does the on-going construction have an immediate negative impact on traffic flow and pattern, the long-term shuttering of long-established retail outlets is, sadly, a foregone conclusion. Wal-Mart will force a number of smaller businesses in the area to finally make the difficult decision to nail shut their doors for good. Does Wal-Mart really need a fourth megaplex in a 5 mile radius? I would hazard that they do not; but what am I? Just a little guy in a really friggin’ big world.
I took this photo for two reasons:
Construction
First, I took it to get the above diatribe out of me. It’s cathartic, I feel better.
Second, my friend Terrill challenged me to take mono-or dual-chromatic photographs in order to better myself. It’s easy, he says, to take a photo of highly-contrasting colours and make it work. It’s much more difficult to take a photo consisting of only familial colours. So, that’s what I’ve tried here. I espied the pattern on my way home, so at a friendly stop light, I leaned out the window and took the photo. The rusting rebar, the brown dirt, the dark shadows were all so very brown(ish), I thought “that’s it – monochromatic!” It’s not quite. But, close enough.
Cheers.

~KR (24 July 2007)

Listening to:
A Day Without Me by U2
on Boy

Yet More Rain Thursday, Jul 5 2007 

3 July 2007
Yet More Rain
Yet More Rain
This is, although not the hardest, certainly the most violent storm burst through which I have ever driven. I took this photo while driving through the bottoms. I had struggled to get the camera out moments before I took this photo, but was unable to secure it in time (it was, after all, raining very hard and there was no where to pull over). In the space of a minute (approximately) just a few minutes before this photo was taken, there were four lightning strikes within 100 (or so) feet of where I was driving. The sort of strike where you feel the electricity in the air at the same time that you both hear the boom and see the flash and the air goes a static green colour. Four of them in the space of 60 seconds. Thank goodness I was rubber-side down safe in my car safer in my car which is considerably safer than being outside in that storm (thanks Klobe for the clarification and link!).
Cheers

~KR (3 July 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 8.5 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

View to the Side Saturday, Jun 16 2007 

14 June 2007
What a fascinating life I must lead. If I were to put all of my photos into Google’s map tool, I’m sure I’d have a string of pretty pink dots stretching the 14 miles between my house and my office. Like this one:
Side View
This was taken as I drove through the Arlington Bottoms home from work. It’s just not very exciting.
Cheers

~KR (14 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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