Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mother's In A Bad Mood

Mother Nature seems more than a little upset lately and, maybe, even a little senile. She's been dropping tornadoes from where they don't usually come down.... confusing and just a wee bit disconcerting. Kansas City's skyline looking southwest from the bluffs by Paseo.
One really feels tiny when She decides to put on a show.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Vista Burning

The Vista Theater complex at Prospect and Independence Avenues burned Thursday. Two alarms were turned it. No one was harmed but the buildings were a complete loss. All the images I took are here:

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Old Vista Burns

A two alarm fire in the old Vista Theater building complex at Independence Boulevard and Prospect is still be fought at this hour 2:37pm.... Two alarms... no injuries reported at this hour. See all the pictures here:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Faux Copper

Workmen are busy today installing new roofing material on the Colonnade here in Northeast. While it looks just like the copper that was there, it's worth nothing to thieves who seek the real stuff. Should be completed this week. Kudos to Parks and Rec for getting the repairs done so quickly.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spring In The Gardens

Went to Kauffman Gardens for the first time this year on Saturday... what follows are shots of natures current attractions. Skip to the very end to see the reason I was working there. :)
All images taken with the D3 and 105mm macro lens (except the very last one which was the 70-200mm zoom) varying apertures and ASAs... all hand held.

Miss Amber needed some shots for a pageant she's entered this June.... she was voted "Most Beautiful" out of 15 girls in her last pageant outing. She'll be a brand new graduate in just two weeks.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Gladstone by Stone

Above, what I grabbed from the rubble pile.... a section of tile from the entrance floor... many of you who attended movies here will remember this....
The Gladstone Theater Building (Gladstone Hall) is being razed after a spectacular fire last month. As I approached the remains I was struck by how sturdy a building she was. Concrete, two courses of bricks with a brick facade... this was made to last. It also makes me wonder if significant portions couldn't have been saved. Currently a machine is being used to punch through the ground floor ceiling (hole in pictures above and below).

Above, where the lobby was with the stairs to the balcony on the right. Below, alley entrance on the east side. Betcha many a lad or lass snuck in here to see a movie.

Above and below, the main auditorium... paint on the walls could be from when the building wasn't a theater but a hall. Originally windows lined these walls and were bricked up.

Above, a lot of original flooring still there. Hyper came away with a souvenir of tile from the entryway.
East side of the building next to the Log Cabin.
Above, more memories rubblefied.