Kansas City’s Winter Wonderland

With his thick fur coat, Casey rejoices as he runs through the 10 inch of newly fallen snow, only briefly impeding our snow removal efforts.  Later that day we had an additional two inches of snow.

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Businesses, churches, banks and government agencies closed.  We dug out of the first snow and wham, Monday evening the snows began again.  Terry and I measured another 7 inches of snow on top of the original snow that had “compressed” but not melted.

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Churches, businesses, government agencies and banks closed again, or limited their hours/personnel.

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As Kansas City again dug out of the snow, there was lots of opportunity to walk through our neighborhood to really experience the beauty of the snow.

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Have a safe and beautiful day.

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The Sea

The sea was calm as I watched this motor cruiser head North in the waters of the Atlantic.  What a great way to start the day.  But with severe storms causing havoc in the Northeast, it was easy to see the fragile balance between the beauty of the sea and the perils that it can present.  While better equipped than an ancient fishing boat to weather a storm, this more sophisticated boat is still just a speck on the surface of the ocean.

As I publish this post, the Mid-West is being pounded with its own winter storm. We sit at home, grateful we are not in the storm and reminded how quickly weather can turn.

I am reminded of the Irish Fisherman’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, be good to me

The sea is so wide

And my boat is so small.
DSC_0103If you are in the path of today’s storm, I hope you are warm, safe, and surrounded by those you love.

Learning to use my new DSLR camera

After considerable research I recently purchased a Nikon D5100 DSLR camera.  I am re-learning how to use a “real” camera while reading a primer, entitled Nikon D5100 From Snapshots to Great Shots, by Rob Sylvan.  It is a great tool for me, despite my struggles to even remember the language of photography.  Terms like “rule of thirds”, “mode” and “ISO” fill the text as I learn the features of my camera and begin to explore its potential.

When I am weary of reading about my camera, I jump in my car and go find interesting places to photograph. I take the same shot over and over using different features on my camera.

Here is a photograph of the Rose Garden Fountain at Loose Park using auto focus.

Here is the same scene using the color sketch mode on my Nikon.  This mode creates photographs that are similar to water colors.  Go figure!

Same place, same light, just a different mode setting.  Some things in life are just for fun.