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Original Shot-Evening GrazePrior to filter>artistit> fesco trying to salvage a fuzzy and dark shot.
Buffalo at Bonnie Springs Ranch
Chatting with Miss BonnieAshlynn's birthday party was held at the Bonnie Springs Ranch, started by now 86 year old Bonnie McGaugh and her husband Al Levison. It's a quirky kind of place with a petting zoo, animals rescued from the desert, some pygmy goats given her by Wayne Newton. Horseback riding, a restaurant and bar.....This is a portrait of Ashlynn and Miss Bonnie -- I love the expressions on both of their faces.
Evening GrazeThough I would post a shot processed differently than anything I have done in the past and see what reaction it garners.
ShelterGrandchildren are sheltered from the sun during a fiesta earlier this afternoon in my home town.
CowboyEven though I hated to crop out the longhorn, I think this is the stronger of the two from the standpoint of an "environmental portrait." What do you think?
Kansas Cattle DriveI think the closer crop is the stronger of the two images, but I hated to loose the context provided by the horns of the longhorn.
Trapped Flies on display
Garden Presence
The man who runs a restaurantThis farmer runs a restaurant at the top of a very big mountain where we had a coffee. Open every day of the year... He has a fat, yappy but amazingly friendly Appenzeller dog.
Kettle CornJim Peek of Topeka stirs up the Kettle Corn at the Great American Market.
FlutistLeone Buyse
Rest stopAs part of the celebration of Kansas' 150th year of statehood, an historic Cattle Drive is following the old Ellsworth/Cox Cattle Trail from the border with Oklahoma to a railhead in Ellsworth, KS. They are driving some 400 head of longhorn over several weeks. We went to Kingman, KS on Saturday to check it all out. The cattle were dispersed in a huge pasture, so we didn't get a shot of them; however, the drover's camp was sure fascinating. This is the rigging for the horses that pull the chuck wagons.
Biyaheng LangitAna, my wife, instantaneously uttered the title as soon as she saw this image. Translation: Biyaheng = ride to; Langit = heaven. She said that fear is not encoded in the consciousness of these students - like going to heaven. Well, she didn't grow up here in my hometown. The road is part of the only National Highway from south to north of Luzon (main island of the Philippines).
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