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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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!

 

Waiting

One of the things I am most grateful for is that I work outdoors.  I frequently discover some amazing aspects of the prairie landscape, completely by accident.  Many of these times, I’m waiting – and I spend those two or ten minutes catching up on emails on my phone or looking through a lens.  Here are a few of the things I’d have missed this week, if I hadn’t been waiting.

Ornate Box Turtle

The ornate box turtle is terrestrial (non-aquatic), shy and our state’s official reptile. This one was racing across the concrete of our parking lot, so I followed her to the grass and took her portrait. Unfortunately, the group I was waiting for arrived before I could coax her out of her shell for a better look at her pretty face.

Bumble bee on lead plant

A bumblebee quickly and expertly maneuvered in and around a lead plant near my office, it’s wings stopped for a split second by a quick snap of my shutter.

Common Loon

At a local lake, I noticed this juvenile common loon diving near a fishing dock. I quietly moved closer for a better look and was able to capture a lovely pose as she stretched her wings.