The light was wonderful this morning. First foggy, then the sun bursting through, then fog again, clouds passing by in the sunrise. Just amazing.
Sadly, I watched most of it from my classroom window, whimpering. I had time to stop in Keats on the way to work to take a few shots of one of my favorite trees.
If my job didn't pay so well, I would have had lots of neat shots to share this evening, but the mortgage won again!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Each year, many of the farmers and ranchers in this area burn some or all of their fields. My understanding is that it returns nutrients to the soil and results in better production from the land. Prairies used to be burned periodically by vast wildfires caused by lightning, but now we fight those off, so for the land to be what it was, it needs burning.
That's my amateur understanding of it, anyhow.
In any event, it's gorgeous. The parts that have already burned smoke and smoke and smoke. There's an uneven line of fire that creeps ever so slowly across the field, but somehow when you look back at a spot, it's moved more than you think it should have. The smell alone is wonderful, bringing back childhood campfires.
With any luck, here in the next few weeks, I'll find myself near a field with camera in hand.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
First things first, this photograph is from last spring, since I can't convince my camera to upload the photographs that I took this afternoon.
Nonetheless, the news remains the same: the crocus are back. I don't care if it snows tomorrow, it's now spring in Kansas, and I'm a happy guy.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Right now, the front yard is brown with light brown grass on top (plus a bunch of little sticks still left over from the ice storm), but *soon* everything will begin to bloom and grow. It's going to rain, and plants will sprout leaves and flowers.
Best of all, by April, we will have dandelions again. I love dandelions.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, I'm finally ready to take a look at some of my photographs from December's crazy ice storm.
This is a photograph of the outhouse next door. I'm told there used to be a house on the lot, but it was lost to a fire years ago. The outhouse is no longer in use, to my knowledge, but it's an interesting little building.
The ice storm, if you weren't around for it, covered *everything* with a layer of ice. We lost power for a few days. It was a hassle, but it was certainly gorgeous.