Thursday, August 16, 2012

Summer In The Gardens

         Kauffman Gardens change with the season.   It's Summer flowers now.  Just a small sample here.

                        Princess Crazy is the garden guardian...  but constant vigilance is tiring.
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 All shots Nikon D800 and one of three lenses:  105mm macro, 70-200mm zoom, or, 14-24mm zoom.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pretty Pathetic Phlox

Phlox no bagels.
The poor phlox this year between the heat and the dryness have pretty much given up the ghost.  Very few flowers even though I watered some.   These seem happy enough though.    Nikon D800, ISO 1000, Nikon 105mm macro, F5.6.  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Grisly Hand At The KC Museum

 The last in the Summer Concert Series at the Kansas City Museum was last Friday night and The Grisly Hand entertained a record crowd of 300 people on the Corinthian Hall Grounds.  Great group, wonderful weather, awesome night.    A few pictures follow along with a clip of the band's first song.

 Dogs are very welcome.... no cats were in attendance.
 Above, the Google Fiber truck was there giving out free ice cream.... it was popular....

 All shots taken with the Nikon D800 and either 24-70mm lens, or, the 70-200mm lens.  ISO set on Auto. Aperture priority F5.6 mostly.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Anna, Flora, Emma, Margret, Eva

More from my Grandmother's Trunk.   Left to right,  Anna Vetter (mother/great grandmother)  Flora Remley, my grandmother, Emma Vetter, my Aunt, Margre Vetter, my aunt and holding Eva Flora's first of five children.  Eva was born in 1909 so that would be the year of the picture.  Don't know the location though... it's not the house they lived in at the time which was at 2002 Broadway.... shown below, now replaced by commercial buildings.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ordering A Cat 1908

 More items from Grandmother's Trunk.   A letter, below, confirming the delivery of one angora cat.  My Great-Grandfather on my Father's side was Manager of Western Sash and Door.  His boss was William Huttig, well known local business man in early 1900s KC.   The letter is addressed to Mr. Huttig.  But, since it was in with Grandmother's other things, I assume this was ordered by my Grandfather through Mr. Huttig.  (That is just a guess though.)   Above is the photo that accompanied the letter.  Below the letter is a picture of the actual cat after arrival...   as is normal the cat could care less.  This was in 1908 the same year my Grandmother married my Grandfather... she was 18.
Western Sash and Door was first located in Iowa.  William Huttig moved to KC in the 1880s and moved the business to around Southwest Trafficway and Broadway.   He then moved the business to Wilson Road in Northeast KC and the name was changed to "Huttig Mills."  It was located where the North/East Branch Library is today.... I'll have a picture of it in later posts.
Just found the above in the trunk....  a letter reminding my Grandfather to ship back the cat crate...  his last name wast "Vetter" though and not "Vedder."