Friday, March 23, 2012

After The Rain

Just time for a couple of shots with the Nikon D5000 and 18-200mm lens... ASA 200, 5.6 at 500th or 250th.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Reservoir Clouds

Snuck over to Pendleton Heights today to take some pictures by the Reservoir. The Neighborhood Association is doing a bang-up job of clearing brush from around and in the old water container. It's looking really nice. Some color and some black and white were taken as storm clouds rolled in. The last shot, admittedly, is not at the Reservoir but at North Terrace Lake.
Nikon D3, 24-70mm all shots, ASA800, multiple exposures manipulated in Photoshop and other software.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cliff Drive Rainy Day

Drove along Cliff Drive today and snapped a few in the rain. It is particularly lovely this time of year. Just don't come to see it on the weekends unless you're prepared to walk.

Above, Hole 4 of the Cliff Drive Disc Golf Course....

North Terrace Lake above.

Above and below, North Terrace Lake. All shots Nikon D3, and either 24-70, 14-24, or 70 -200mm lenses. ASA 800. No multiple exposure.

My mated pair of geese are back again this year. Nest building will begin soon on the island.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Don't Close Cliff Drive

UPDATE: The latest incarnation of this idea is to close the Drive at 3pm on Thursday. Unfortunately this is an exceedingly divisive proposal. A movement is afoot in Northeast to close the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway to vehicular traffic Wednesday through Sunday permanently. Rarely does Hyper editorialize in this space (just happy pictures mostly) but this has my dander up. It's a bad idea and disrespects the efforts of those who created the Drive beginning in the 1890s.
This restricts use of the Drive to the young and able-bodied and goes against 112 years of allowing use of the Drive by all.
Cliff Drive, part of Kessler Park, is a public space and should be open all the time to all the citizens who help pay for it's upkeep. It doesn't make sense for the State of Missouri to promote the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway if it's closed to traffic.

Those of us opposed to this have created a website listing our names. If you agree, please use the email link and give us permission to list you too. Your email address will not be kept.
Everyone should be able to see the views above, a Missouri State Scenic Byway, at the time of their choosing....

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saint John's Anglican, Historic Northeast

Above are pages from a church prepared pamphlet which describes the journey the congregation made from formation to their current home.In the 500 block of Kensington Avenue St. John's Anglican continues over a century of service.
My tour guides, below, Dorri and Ian, were very gracious in allowing me lots of time and giving me lots of information. Ian also had a bunch of questions about photography :)
In the image below you see the church on the left and the rectory on the right. Many Northeasters will remember Father Claudius and his family who lived there from 1959 to 1989.

Below, the view from the balcony which was added in the 1960s to provide space for the organ and choir.

There is quite lovely stained glass throughout. In building the stone church the parishioners were very frugal and watched costs closely down to the cost of each stone. It was built in stages with the corner stone (actually in the center of the front) laid in 1903 and the building completed in 1905.

Above, looking from the front of the church to the back, or, looking west from east.

Above, the Sacristy, below two images of the books that have been carefully preserved showing births, deaths, and baptisms.

Above, the kitchen with its gas range... below the fellowship hall with the "old" altar in the right foreground.

It's always refreshing when you see history so carefully saved. In my humble opinion there can be to much discarding of the past destroying tradition and memories.

The old metal sign that has been replaced by a vinyl one.
Above, children's play area and below a small worship space with old windows from the Sanctuary.

You can see this delightful church yourself, perhaps even join them in worship. 517 Kensington Avenue, 64124 816-231-8270.