Sunday, April 29, 2007


I haven't added this one to Etsy yet, but I like it, and I thought it ought to be on the blog. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Late Winter Landscape

One from the archives. I like all of the contrasting colors in this one.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Homestead Weeds

I'm somewhat addicted to this barn, so here's the latest in my Homestead series, celebrating a bit of wildflowers I found out in front of the barn this afternoon.

Click on the photograph to go to the listing page on Etsy if you'd like to have this one for your wall.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 23, 2007


Yet another spot of beauty in the Flint Hills of northeast Kansas, this was shot at place called Pillsbury Crossing. The story goes that the limestone shelf that the water is falling over was used by pioneers to get across the river on their way west. Why they wouldn't want to stay in Kansas, I can't imagine!

Click the picture to head on over to Etsy. I'm running a sale tonight, if you're into that sort of thing.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Stormy Field

Beautiful clouds and beautiful light in Kansas today. The boys were up for joining me on a photo hike today, so I was able to take a handful of shots that I was really happy with.

I will be offering this one Etsy, but right now that wonderful site is running slower than I've ever seen it, so I'm going to wait a little while.

But I did want to show it off a little bit. Hope you like!

Pause For a Funny Story

So I'm not planning to use this space for funny family moments - not that there's anything wrong with that - but this one was photography related, so I thought I'd share.

The boys and I were discussing our favorite times of the year. I was arguing for spring, but Caleb (the 10-year-old) mentioned that it was tornado season.

So I explained that I would *love* to see a tornado, because I didn't have any tornado pictures, and I would love to be able to offer tornado photographs. That was when 5-year-old Jonas piped up in the sweetest voice:

"Do you know what that would make you do, Dad? . . . Die."

Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Purple Prairie

The wildflowers haven't returned to the prairie quite yet this year, so I decided to pull one from last spring. This one was taken out at the Konza Prairie last May, which tells me I don't have much longer to wait this year.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Sunset Grass

This is my kind of shot. I know these aren't quite as popular as some of the other things I shoot, but I was really happy with this one, so I thought I'd share. Maybe someone else will like it like I do.

Click on the picture to head on over to Etsy, if you are so inclined.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

No Longer Collecting Energy

One of my favorite images from last winter. I find this scene very compelling. The prairie is gorgeous to me. When this windmill was put up, it was probably well out in the middle of nowhere. Now it can be driven by at 60 miles per hour, and it's probably rarely noticed. One of the things I love about taking photographs is that it forces me to pay closer attention and look for beauty where I might not have noticed it before.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lone Tree / Sun Rays

Alright, alright, it didn't really look like this, but it does now. Yay for computers.

Click the picture if you're interested in heading over to see this one on Etsy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Grassland Thunderstorm

Probably my all-time favorite image, it kills me that I've misplaced the negatives.

The Konza Prairie is like home to me. I love to walk the trails, smell the air, and just be there. I also love thunderstorms. The energy is palpable, and it moves me when storms pass through.

This image was from the day these two passions intersected. It probably wasn't wise of me to stay up on top of the hills for as long as I did - I've been told on tours that they lose a bison almost every year to lightning - but since I was there I had to take a few images before I got out of there.

I hope you love it. Here it is over on Etsy.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Blue Dandelion

So the forecasted snow never materialized - go figure - but I had my heart set on shooting dandelions this morning. Here is one of our "yard pests." It's funny to me to think of all the wonderful people who spend hours and hours trying to keep dandelions out of their lawns, and here I am searching for them in mine. Love them.

This one's on Etsy, as per usual. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 13, 2007


These snowy blossom shots have not been nearly as popular as I thought they would be, but this is my personal favorite of the bunch, so I decided to post it also.

As I sit typing this blog entry, there is apparently yet another spring snow storm on the way. If there is snow on the ground in the morning, I might be able to shoot snowy dandelions. Now wouldn't that be cool?

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Another Dandelion Sunset

Another from last night. Dandelions are cool.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Dandelions are Back!

Wow, have I been looking forward to the return of dandelions. I looked outside tonight and saw some gorgeous light, so I went straight outside. To my surprise, there was a dandelion waiting for me to shoot. Happy times.

The cat decided to get in the way of this one, but then it turned out that I liked it more than the others, so here it is.

More dandelion shots to come - surprise, surprise.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I absolutely love this image. When I originally posted this to Flickr, it was about a month after the dandelion photo had been so popular, and I was just sure this was going to be the next hugely popular shot on my photostream, but not so.

I have debated as to whether or not to offer this one on Etsy, but here it is. One of the interesting things I have learned about selling photographs is that the ones that are popular on Flickr are not necessarily the same ones that sell on Etsy. Go figure.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Konza Trail

I've debated with myself for a long time about whether or not to offer this photograph for sale. I love it, but I've lost the original negative, and all I have is this scan. Before you buy, note the handful of imperfections due to the scan.

Folks enjoy the horse photo, even though it has the same problems, so I decided I'd post this one and see what sort of reception it gets.

I got this photograph on absolutely the most photogenic Konza Prairie photowalk I've ever taken. Storms were moving in, the sun was going down, the light was perfect, the clouds were dark, the wind was blowing - just perfect. I have a few other shots from this walk that I love - I may add more later.

Here it is over on Etsy.

Accidental Self-Portrait

In the process of photographing the example framed print for listing in my Etsy shop, I accidentally took a couple self-portraits. I didn't use this one for the listing, but I thought it might make for a fun blog picture.

I've had a number of people tell me they'd like to have the option of having me do the matting and/or framing for their photograph purchases, so it's now up as an option. I'm excited to see how popular it will be.

In other news, I am now working on my very first homemade frame. Currently I am on the first glue-drying step.

Heather pointed out yesterday that my blog posts were getting to be shorter and shorter, so I'm hopeful she'll be happier with this one.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, April 6, 2007

Late Snowfall

The next in a series. I just love these.

On Etsy.

Snowy Blossoms

A companion to last week's Pear Blossoms shot, this is the next in a series of photographs of spring and snow. More to come.

This one on Etsy.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Spring Snow

So I imagine the freak April snow shower didn't please most people, but it made this photographer giddy. I love images that contrast two or more major themes that at first thought are contradictory - here I get to contrast the gorgeous spring blossoms with icy snow. I may post a few more of these in the days to come, but this is the one that grabbed my attention first.

Feel free to pick this one up on Etsy, if you are so inclined.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Pink Rain

I have wrestled with myself over whether or not to list this one, but it's growing on me, so I figured it might grow on all of you wonderful people also. I've been using it as one of my shop banners, and I just plain like it.

This one is from the same shoot as my other Magnolia photograph. It was my first time trying to capture a magnolia tree - they've already lost their blooms here in Kansas, so I have 11 and 1/2 months to consider what to do next year.

Happy spring!

Over on Etsy.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Memories of Spring

My favorite spring-time picture from last year, this one didn't make it off of my computer until December, when I was scouring through old photographs to find hidden gems that hadn't caught my attention initially.

This was taken the same day that I captured a gorgeous sunrise, and the sunrise photograph was so popular it didn't occur to me to post this one at the time. By late December, the color and the warmth were so inviting it was a natural to post it, and now it is among my best-selling images on Etsy - and I still haven't listed that sunrise. Go figure.

You can buy this one on Etsy, if you are so inclined.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Roadside Weeds

One of my favorite activities is to pull over to the side of the road and shoot whatever flowers might be living in the ditch. This particular shot earned me muddy shoes.

Over on Etsy.

Sunday, April 1, 2007


I've been giving some thought as to why power lines strike my interest when I'm shooting, when it's almost always something natural that I find interesting. The best I can come up with is that it's much the same as a barn or a windmill - something that a person put there, but now it's there by itself and I can enjoy it in solitude *with* nature. The appeal of nature is not necessarily that it's not man-made, but that it's quiet and it interacts with the plants and the critters and the wind and the rain.

Heather will think this one is too dark, but I like it.

If you happen to love this one, you can go buy it for your wall over on Etsy.