Getting Ready for the Fall Crops

Milo (sorghum) field 2016

Several of my previous blog posts have talked about photographing recurring events each year. Looking at the world through a camera has definitely helped me be more aware of the cycles of the world occurring around me. Since I live in a state heavily involved in agriculture, some of the cycles I end up photographing each year are related to field crops. Kansas is known as “the wheat state” for a good reason, producing a significant portion of the U.S. wheat crop each year. Each summer I try to spend time photographing the wheat fields as they mature around the state. Wheat harvest was an important time in my house when I was growing up and photographing the wheat fields brings back a lot of memories for me. I also think the wheat fields are beautiful, and it can be very peaceful to sit and watch a field sway in the summer wind. Continue reading “Getting Ready for the Fall Crops” »


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” »