Saturday, July 31, 2010

7-31-10 First Anniversary

One year ago today, our daughter & son-in-law were married. It's hard to believe it has a year since they pledged their love. Can you remember your first anniversary?

Friday, July 30, 2010

7-30-10 Watermelon Anyone?

Nothing helps cool you down than a slice of watermelon. This was very ripe, sweet, and oh, so good!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

7-29-10 Little House in the Woods

Still at Pioneer Bluffs Ranch, in Chase County, Kansas. This shot made me think of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her "Little House On the Prairie" series.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

7-28-10 Tricycle Ridin'

Remember, when you were finally big enough to ride a tricycle? Your feet just reaching the pedals, making the pedals go faster and faster, then coasting until you stop? Ahhh, childhood!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7-27-10 Rogler Original Homestead

This was the original Rogler homestead. The foundation is made from flattened limestone rocks. At some point, cement was poured for the floor and to secure the walls, between the timbers, & a more secure roof put on. The glass in the windows are original as they are warped and show imperfections.

Monday, July 26, 2010

7-26-10 Inside Looking Out

Pioneer Bluffs Ranch: I'm inside the farmhouse, standing in the parlor, looking out this magnificent leaded glass window. This ranch was started in 1859 by the Rogler family. Not sure when the farmhouse was built. I'm assuming in the early 1900's.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

7-25-10 Pioneer Bluffs Ranch

Last night, we drove from the lake over to just north of Matfield Green, to a ranch called "Pioneer Bluffs". Up until about 4 or 5 years ago, this was a working ranch, right in the heart of Chase County, in the beautiful Flint Hills. The ranch was sold to a non-profit organization, whose mission is to preserve the land and the ranching way of life. We came here to listen to the author of "Prairy Erth", William Least Heat-Moon speak about his book and to watch a documentary that was made regarding his book about Chase County and the ranches there. Over the next few posts, I'll tell more about the ranch and the documentary that will show this fall on PBS.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

7-22-10 Asian Warrior Ship

This was taken at Disney's Animal Kingdom, in the Asian section. It's a replica of an Asian warrior ship.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

7-21-10 Cindy's Castle

Okay, so this isn't "my castle", but it does belong to a girl named Cindy. Glad I don't have to clean it!!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

7-20-10 Rolling Flint Hills

I know I have posted several pictures of the Flint Hills in Kansas, but I just can't get over their beauty. As I look out over them, I try to imagine what the settlers might have been thinking as they traveled west. There actually are places where wagon wheel ruts can be found imbedded into the ground.

Monday, July 19, 2010

7-19-10 Woody in Legos

Was looking at the pictures on my phone and found this one of Woody made out of Legos. We were (briefly) in the Legoland store at Disney. I've told my school kids that when I grow up, I want to work at Legos, building things.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

7-18-10 Very Old Homestead

Went to the lake this weekend and saw this very old homestead off in the distance, nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills. Just had to go check it out. I wish I could have gotten closer to see inside. Looks like it would make a great haunted house!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

7-15-10 Abstraction

Today's Daily Shoot suggested "making a photograph of patterns &/or shapes that aren't recognizable objects".

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

7-14-10 Bloomin' Roses

It's so hot today! Went outside to see if I had any garden left and saw the roses in full bloom. Everything else is wilting in the heat, but they look great.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7-13-10 Tower of Terror

"Picture, if you will, a glittering hotel in it's heyday." You notice that the elevators are not working. You start looking around, when you find the boiler room service elevators. You step, only to become the unsuspecting passenger of a 13-story elevator malfunction. You, have entered, "The Twilight Zone's Tower of Terror"!

Monday, July 12, 2010

7-12-10 Main Street Time

Just liked the composition of this. This was taken on Main Street at Magic Kingdom.

7-11-10 Milkweed Pods

Went walking at the lake this morning and saw the milkweed pods bursting forth their silks. I had never seen this before. In doing a bit if research, I found that the silks were used as life vest stuffing during WWII. Sure would take a lot of them to fill one life vest.

Friday, July 9, 2010

7-9-10 Interesting Ride

Disney does an excellent job in creating the illusion that you are actually there. This bicycle was a prop in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom. It looks like something out of Indiana Jones.

7-8-10 Caught in the Act

About a week ago I bought and hung this bird feeder in our backyard. Yesterday, I caught Mr. Squirrel stealing bird seed. I thought it was funny how he's only holding on by his tail.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

7-7-10 Patiently Waiting

Here's Keilo, sitting on the dock, waiting for me to return from a ride on the jetski. He's such a "momma's boy."

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

7-6-10 Spectacled Owl

At Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, they had a "Flights of Wonder" show that featured over 20 different species of birds, from exotic birds to birds of prey. At the commands of the handlers, the birds would hunt, sing, soar, and sometimes swoop over the crowd. This is a Spectacled Owl. He was brought out at the end of the show.

Monday, July 5, 2010

7-5-10 Expedition Everest

This roller-coaster attraction is located at Animal Kingdom. The train starts out climbing the snowy mountain, passing through bamboo forests, waterfalls and fields of glaciers. Only to find out that the "rail tracks" have been destroyed. At this point, the train turns into a roller-coaster, taking you down the mountain, twisting and turning, backwards then forwards, through darkness, snowy canyons, and treacherous caverns; ultimately bringing you face to face with a Yeti (guardian of the Himalays). What a ride!!!

7-4-10 Liberty Square Singers

This ensemble appears at the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom. Their sound is impeccable. They perform in the atrium before you enter the theater to watch a 22-minute show about how the presidents shaped America. All the presidents are featured as an audio-animatronic. The sound, move and look like the real presidents. President Obama even recorded his figure's speech.

7-3-10 Stroller Parking

Totally amazed by the number of strollers at Disney World. There are actual "parking" signs where you can park your stroller before going to an attraction.

7-2-10 The Dapper Dans

This post is in honor of my dad. These are the Dapper Dans, a barbershop quartet that sing on Main Street Disney at Magic Kingdom. My understanding is if you are a barbershop quartet singer, you can sing with them. As a barbershoper, my dad has done this. Keep on Singing, Dad!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

7-1-10 Cinderella's Castle

Although this was my third time at WDW, I still enjoy walking around Cinderella's castle. I guess it brings back childhood memories. But I hear Cindy isn't the only princess getting her own castle. I heard that several of the other princesses are in the process of getting their own castles located in other parts of DW. The fairy godmothers will have some traveling to do if that happens.