Thursday, December 22, 2011

And The Stockings Were All Hung By The Chimney With Care

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Very Victorian Christmas

Pendleton Heights finest Victorian Lady is in her festive finery for the Holiday Season. This Queen Anne treasure was built in 1887 for lumber baron Charles B. Leach. Current owners Kent T. Dicus and Michael G. Ohlson, Sr. purchased the home in 2003 and have painstakingly restored it room by room.

"Garfield Heights" has a grand entryway... and retains most of its original woodwork...

The main parlor adorned with paintings of the owners ancestors and furnished in the Victorian fashion.

The home has 23 of its original stained glass windows and all eight fireplaces have been rebuilt. This is the dining room... although you probably could have figured that out.

The music room above with it's feline dweller below...Tommie, who loves people but hates cats.

All shots taken with the D3 and 14-24mm or 105mm lenses... ASA/ISO 1000, F16 or F4... multiple exposures for each shot.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fountain Ice

The Concourse Fountain here in Historic Northeast remains on year-round. It produces some spectacular mounds of ice in a short amount of time. Here are some scenes from today.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Princess Throned, Decorations Honed

The Fairy Princess has returned to the Kansas City Museum. Begun in 1935 at Kline's Department Store, the Princess greets all children in her Throne Room on the north side of the Museum Complex. For days and times please go to this link:
She has a brand new Throne this year. Below, the gates are decorated and open...

Above, check in at the Visitor's Center first and then proceed to the Carriage House. Below, kids and parents waiting in line.

The Princess has lots of helpers. Squire Leitch and Mouzin, Lady-in-Waiting Rebecca, and many Elves help her with her duties.

First comes a picture and then, with a wave of her magic wand, a box opens and there is a gift for the visiting child.

There is a Princess Gift Shop which is womanned by Princess Emeritus Erika....

Above, each child gets a Princess cookie too. And, below, after visiting the Throne Room, kids can cross over to the crafts tables and make ornaments or other holiday decorations.

Above, pictures ready for pickup. Below, a few scenes of holiday decorating of Northeast Landmarks.

Above and below the Richardson Graham Memorial Bridge in holiday finery... courtesy of Michael Nicholas Stringer and JJ... who own the apartment building right next to it. Renovation is underway!!!