Green comes to the Prairie – A look back at some spring views from the Flint Hills

Riley County

Summer has definitely arrived now. The calendar has shown that summer has already arrived, but recently the thermometer has also been letting us know that summer is here. I really try hard to find the best in each season, but right now I’m really looking forward to fall.

With the increased summer temperatures, I’ve been finding excuses to stay inside. Looking for the silver lining, spending more time inside has given me an excuse to get caught up on some photo editing and organizing, including going through photos I made this spring. We had a beautiful spring this year, mild temperatures and several good rains. The prairie flora apparently really liked these conditions (who didn’t?) and the Flint Hills were really lush and green this year. I was fortunate to get to make several trips across the Flint Hills region this spring and I’ll share some of those photos in this post. Continue reading “Green comes to the Prairie – A look back at some spring views from the Flint Hills” »


Late winter views from the shoreline

Winter sunset reflected in the River Pond area of Tuttle Creek Lake.

I like to photograph water, it is fun to work with creatively. The reflective quality of still water can be really beautiful, especially at the edges of the day. Moving water is also fun to work with, flowing water can create interesting textures and patterns to photograph and I love the look of moving water photographed with a slow shutter speed.

Personally, I also find being around water to be peaceful and relaxing. I enjoy wandering around the shoreline of a lake or sitting by the side of stream. Those feelings of relaxation and peacefulness are important to me to try and express in a photograph. Continue reading “Late winter views from the shoreline” »


Wandering a few trails around Manhattan

Cedar Ridge Trail

It seems like it is increasingly easy for me to find myself at the end of the day without having moved as much as I should be…hard to deny the brutal honesty of a pedometer that says you are woefully short of steps. To fight back some at the inertia of the office, this fall my wife and I decided to load up our dog and look for some new trails to get out and explore. There are lots of ways to get some extra exercise in, but we wanted to get outside and do some walking. We both like being outside and there are too many benefits from nature to miss out on. Since I normally have my camera with me when we go for walks, I thought I would share some photos and info on some of the trails we have wandered along the past few months. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of trails around Manhattan (and “around Manhattan” is used loosely). This is just some of the places we wandered around this fall. Continue reading “Wandering a few trails around Manhattan” »