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” »


Photos from 2016

Each January since 2012 I’ve been putting together a slide show of my photos from the previous year. This has been an interesting experience for me and a fun way to review my year. It has also helped me remember all the experiences I was fortunate to have to be grateful for them.

I always do most of my photography “close to home” in and around Kansas. This year for a variety of personal reasons most of my photography was even closer to home and mostly in the Flint Hills and lakes around Manhattan. I did make one trip to the Gyp Hills, a couple of trips to the Teter Rock area and one trip to the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge.

The first photo in the video was made on January 3rd, 2016 and the last on December 28th, 2016.

I’ve already starting putting together a list of places I want to photograph in 2017 and new things I want to learn and try out. I’m looking forward to sharing the journey through the new year.