Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tweed Ride in Historic Northeast

Today (Saturday) was the Tweed Ride. Bikes from the turn of the last century on with riders in appropriate garb for the occasion. Ride began at the Colonnade her in Northeast, went up and down Gladstone Boulevard and then by the Reservoir, along Cliff Drive and ended at the Kansas City Museum with a picnic.

Above, on the right, at Velocipede or Penny-Farthing, or, the original Big Wheel.

Above, famous cartoonist EL Bryan and critters.... ready to ride...

Above, you climb on the bike from the rear....

Above and below, "steam" powered bike. :)

Above, bunny bike....

Above, authentic Tweed hunting outfit from Scotland.

Best of both worlds, horse and bike....

Above and two below..... Pendleton Heights was well represented ......

Contest, best bike, best costumes, best male and female mustaches....

And they're off......

All shots with the Nikon D3, ASA 400 for candid shots, ASA 800 for riding shots, three lenses used, 24-70mm, 14-24mm, and 70-200mm.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Return of Deer Head Man

Deer Head Man returned to the neighborhood Sunday just in time for egg-hunt festivities across the street from Hyper-House.
He watched the little children as they searched for the Easter treats.

He posed for pictures.
And then Deer Head Man left.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Eggs and Candy and Kids Oh My...

Above, the look you get if you ask Little Bit to share her cake pop. Below, sugar high was in full sway when I arrive.

Everyone was glad to see me.
All the little childrens engaged in an Easter egg hunt.....except Hudson, Little Bit, and Madison
Above and below, Justin on the trail of EGG.

Above, Madison and bubbles. Below, Hudson and, well, perplexed.

Above, one of the grandkids is from Laos... but we've never seen her face.
Above, Mrs. Aunt Grandma Di fixin the fixins. Below, nut cake. Appropriate.

Above, Rachel ponders the meaning of life, Hudson ponders the meaning of cake pop, and Johnathan just ponders.
Hudson poses.

And pokes....
A touching moment between father and daughter.... father on right.
Grandpa levitates the critters.

Piling on. All photos taken with the Nikon D3 and 24-70mm lens. ASA 6400 indoor, 400 outdoor, F5.6.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dogwoods and Mansion

Nature is way ahead of schedule this year... but just as lovely as always. The Kansas City Museum, Corinthian Hall.

Nikon D5000, 18-200 mm lens, ASA 200, exposure unrecorded.

Monday, April 2, 2012


Sunday night my favorite face (and the rest of her) competed in the Miss United States Teen Missouri contest at the Overland Park Convention Center. Amber was one of 19 girls competing in a combined Kansas/Missouri event. Note to self: don't take a slow lens to a fast dance.
All the girls made a first impression walk at the start... wearing basic black.

One of the best pageant moments was when each girl came out in the summer ware of their choice.... this showed their own individualism... and, I'm proud to say, Amber came in first out of 19.

Evening wear is always the classiest portion of the program.

Next to last on the program the dreaded questions.... two for each contestant. Amber did just fine.

Above, Amber taking first in the individual choice portion and below winning First Runner Up in the Miss United States Teen competition.
All shots taken with the Nikon D5000 and 18-200mm lens (truly not appropriate combination for this kind of event). ASA 3200, available light only.