Senior Pool Shoot

 

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David is a bright young man whose family I’ve known for several years.  He wondered about a swimming pool shoot for his senior pictures, as he’s on the swim team at his high school, and I couldn’t wait to oblige!  David’s mom has a friend with a gorgeous backyard and saltwater pool – and it worked beautifully to capture his stunning smile and personality.

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Higher Ground

On the drive to work this morning, my friend called to tell me that she’d seen a family of coyotes just down the road from my office, hanging out on the tops of some round hay bales.

Two adults lay on one bale, keeping a watchful eye as four youngsters bounded about in the grass, hunted, and climbed and jumped from the bales.

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Content to bask in the early morning sun, They’d likely been chased from their dry spot at ground level as the soil has become saturated; but didn’t seem to mind the morning traffic flying by.

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Eventually, one of the adults stretched and jumped down, stopping to pose.

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Coyote eyes are such a beautiful yellow.  An old Pima story tells how they came to be this color, a cautionary tale involving a bird or crow, depending on who tells the story. On summer nights, they call – a series of yips and whines I’ve always found comforting, and their eyes glow a greenish gold in the light of a flashlight.

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As I readied myself to rejoin the morning commute, one of the youngsters rough-housed a little too much, and was returned to her place in the ranks 🙂

Arkansas River in Wichita

 

After two dry summers in a row, we may be finding ourselves on the upswing towards ending our drought.

Here are a few panoramic shots I took with my phone this morning in Wichita, Kansas.

 

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The photo above was taken from the bank at Watson Park. It shows the water levels from the John Mack bridge (at Pawnee street) to the Broadway Street bridge.

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This one is from the opposite bank of the river, at Herman Hill Park.

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And finally, the river at the Lincoln Street bridge and dam. This shows the newly constructed dam, fish passage, and walkway – the water has reached the edge of the sidewalks, and the debris line showed the water level had gone up onto and above the sidewalks earlier today!