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Winter Pool

A summer swimming pool, with sparkling water and squealing kids, holds no interest to me.

But one that’s empty, except for the ice at the deep end? Oh, yes, I’ll spend quite a long time photographing that. (The Patient Spouse will back me on this.)

Minneola, Kansas
photographed 12.12.2020

never miss an opportunity

Of course, if you have important information that you need to get out the general public, you should never miss an opportunity to turn a bench in a restaurant foyer into a distribution location.

And, also, if you’re a photographer, you should never miss an opportunity to tote your camera in with you at a lunch stop in the middle of Kansas.

Russell, Kansas
photographed 12.11.2020

a vaguely threatening gesture

Oh, come ON, Dodge City. You can’t just leave this guy standing there gesturing at me without providing context! What is happening? Is he threatening me? Should have I not looked into his eyes? Will he haunt me now? What’s with that mustache? And a bowtie – really?

Dodge City, Kansas
photographed 12.11.2020

Center Chapel

I can’t think of any rational person who would knowingly pass up a chance to visit the geographic center of the continental United States! I mean, really, what a great opportunity that is. The center! The EXACT CENTER. And the fact that it is only a few miles off the highway makes it even more of a must-stop location.

I am not quite sure what I thought would be there. I am very certain that I did not anticipate a tiny chapel as the main thing. Yet, somehow, there we were: a pair of travelers on a cold and windy day, standing in the middle, looking at a chapel.

That’s the fun of a road trip.

at the geographic center of the continental United States
near Lebanon, Kansas
photographed 12.11.2020


We stopped in at the local place for a late lunch a few weeks ago. And of course I took my camera in with me. And this foyer made me realize that I had definitely made the right decision. And of all the things going on in that foyer, my absolute favorite is the double shadow cast by that single coat hanger.

My more civic-minded readers may be interested in knowing that the Rotary club meets at 12:15 on Tuesdays and the Kiwanis club is on Thursday at 12:05. And everyone needs to know that once I was giving a presentation to a local civic club; when I asked the restaurant hostess where the Kiwanis club was meeting she said, “Iguanas?” I don’t have a single idea what I was talking to the club about but I’ll never forget what her question.

Russell, Kansas
photographed 12.11.2020

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