Monday, May 31, 2010

In Remembrance and Celebration

After lunch at Ponaks' with The Kid and The Boyfriend (hers) I headed over to Liberty Memorial. Good crowd on hand to tour the Museum and see the exhibits of military vehicles and equipment.

Above, Vietnam era guide explained the gear used at the time.... same stuff that Hyper used.
Above, lots of vets on hand to give personal remembrances of what it was like.....
Below... the WWII scooter and motorcycle display was very popular....

The Walk of Fame is in place now.... divided up by conflicts and services.

Trips to the top of the Memorial were extremely popular... the line was even longer when I left.

Above, the Kauffman Performing Arts Center is coming right along.... due to open in 2011.
Above, looking south, below the fountain from above.

Looking west into KK..... while a little warm it was a beautiful day.... the clouds were gorgeous.
On the way back to the car the Scooter crowd was even bigger.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Moon Rise From Kaw Point

Friday night was the last time the moon would be full-full... from now on it will start losing its roundness. Above is the dusk view of the skyline with the relatively newly installed metal sculptures of Lewis and Clark. The Kaw River is on the right and the Missouri is on the left. Both are high and moving fast from all the spring rains.
It's a view that lends itself to black and white as well as color... above and below the skyline just after sunset.

Above...taken at 9:45pm..... the moon rose at 9:44pm and made its first appearance (below) at 10:10... preceded by a decided glow around the building. Fortunately what few clouds there were dissipated before moonrise.

The moon is very bright in relation to its "surroundings" and the only way to get detail in it is to sacrifice outlines and shapes in the buildings.... above is such a shot.
All these shots, except the last one, were taken with the 70-200 f2.8 zoom at F16... I varied only the shutter speed in capturing the images and it ranged from 2 seconds to 8 seconds at ASA 800 on the Nikon D3. A tripod and cable release were used to make sure everything was perfectly steady.

Fiddled with the color balance on the one above. Others are pretty much as seen by the naked eye.

Above shot was taken with same settings as before but using the 24-70mm zoom... it was a parting shot on the way back to the parking lot. The park is easy to find... just take the Lewis and Clark Viaduct (appropriate) west and take the Fairfax exit... then look for a sign on the right with an arrow saying "Kaw Point". You travel through a shipping yard parking lot to get to it... just follow the signs.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Full Moon From Kaw Point

Noticed while driving that it was a full moon.... so rushed to Kaw Point in Kan Kan just in time to snap a few shots. Going back again tomorrow night with better gear. (AND BUG REPELLENT) Top image is a combination of 5 exposures... bottom image is just one.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Helen and Kevin Plus Seven

Okay unless they start using tools or something this is the last post so fowl of the season. They are getting used to me hanging around now so they let me get closer to the brood. Dad and two of the seven.... they travel around the lake from place to place getting out, eating and getting back in the water... no overgrazing I guess. It is amusing to watch the goslings trying to get out of the water.

Not unlike Kindergarteners they rotate line leader.

Despite the fact that they will grow up and poop on anything in sight, the little ones are cute.

Nap time.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Annual Lake Census Complete

The goslings are afloat for 2010 at North Terrace Lake. This year's flotilla is 7 plus mom and dad... dad's generally in front. Mom nested on the island as is their custom... I'll get some closer shots as they get used to me being around... and yes the water is green.... we called it "Green Lake" when I was growing up.