D750 Holiday (test) Shots

Christmas Star, Fractalized

I haven’t had a chance to get out in the field with my new camera, but have taken a few indoor shots. The two middle pictures were taken with a portable light box attached to my flash. It did soften the light, but is pretty flimsy and I’m not sure I care for it much. … Read more

Nikon D750 First Light

Smoky

And so it came to pass; after 39 years of using only Canon (D)SLR cameras I’ve gone over to the black and gold. Yes, I got my first Nikon DSLR this week. A Christmas/birthday present, received early so I can learn to use it properly before an upcoming trip. tl;dr: switched from Canon to Nikon … Read more

Bison, a Wooden Puzzle

Bison Puzzle Box

Last month I assembled the Agate puzzle from Nervous Systems, an intricately cut wooden puzzle. Turns out that there is more than one company that creates wooden jigsaw puzzles! This month I’m taking a look at one of the many amazing puzzles from the Liberty Puzzle Company, Boulder, CO. This particular puzzle is based on … Read more

Geode Puzzle by Nervous Systems

Geode Puzzle - Finished!

I recently completed the most unusual jigsaw puzzle I’ve ever assembled. It’s called the Geode Puzzle and is made by Nervous Systems. The puzzle is made of laser cut birch plywood, cut in a dense, maze-like cut pattern. The pieces are very high quality and included a number of unusual shapes, including some nested pieces! … Read more

America

Bald Eagle

Today is likely the most significant election of my life. As I’ve mostly steered away from politics on this site, I’ll leave it at that. I’m still working on (avoiding, actually) the almost 2000 pictures I took last week when we went to Missouri to see Elton John in St. Louis. Outside of Kirksville we … Read more

High Waters at Kanopolis

Above Kanopolis Spillway Looking East

After days of rain, followed by snow, the water level Kanopolis Lake is getting quite high. They are releasing a record amount of water which makes for a thunderous scene at the spillway. This is the most water I’ve ever seen rushing from the dam! Here are some photos taken around the lake as well … Read more

Painting with Fountain Pen Ink

Sunset Palms

Both as a distraction from current events and as a new creative venture, I used fountain pen ink to create a few different watercolor paintings a couple of days ago. The ink is much stronger than watercolor paints, and since I mostly use permanent inks, that means most of them are staining. I also noticed, … Read more

Leaning Elevator of Lindsborg

Leaning Elevator of Lindsborg

Built in 1961, it started leaning almost immediately. The story is that it was filled prematurely, before everything had set. An emergency release of the stored grain prevented the problem from getting any worse. Over the years, the lean has been stabilized and even reduced a little, but it still has a very definite list!

Seven from Nine

Kansas State Fair Timelapse - 2011

September has always been a good month for taking pictures. Something about the changing light, angle of the sun and the beginning of fall colors adds a little extra. Following are seven photos I’ve taken during the ninth month. They are a mostly random group of shots that caught my eye, selected over a 2-3 … Read more