As Big As You Think!

February 13, 2008

OK.   You requested, I promised.  Here they are.    Now…   these aren’t the “OOooo!  Aaaah!   Isn’t Kansas just the prettiest?!”   photographs, but well  – – I blame it on the weather.   And time of year (nothing is green in February.)   And not really knowing how to use my camera yet?     Don’t NOT visit Kansas based on these photos!   I realize that Kansas is rarely a destination on its own – and I do proclaim again, it has its beauty!   (Request your travel brochure and visitors guide from the official KS Bureau of Tourism here!  I got the title for this post from the official slogan to capture your interest in the 34th state…) 

I especially love the contrast of my home state to where I currently live.   I can get homesick for that big sky grandness…   


First photo shows me taking the pic (look in the side mirror) of the Rental Car Building at KCI.   Notice that the sky is white?   It was rather chilly….   We got a Dodge Charger.

This next scene is actually Missouri which is where KCI is:   Kansas City, Missouri…  We are heading southwest… moscene1.jpg

ksscene1.jpg This is on I-70 but it could still be I-435.   Another cool glimpse of my hands with the camera.    I’m pretty amazed how well these turned out.   It’s ~ 3 pm or so.


Most definitely on I-70 here;  getting flatter…


I can see for miles and miles…


This is looking east from the Lookout stop on 177 (the road from I-70 north into Manhattan KS which is where you can find Kansas State University)   The sky was a little too hazy.   We tried to get some height on this, but I was freezing and the wind was blowing and I just wanted to escape back into the car.


This is looking west.   For some pretty photos of Konza Prairie, check out this linkksscene4.jpg 

Curvature of the earth?  The sun was so bright, I had trouble seeing my horizontals…


This is Rocky Ford fishing area – we were touring around after the funeral.   It’s just barely outside of Manhattan, down river from Tuttle Creek Reservoir.


The view looking north from the top of Tuttle Creek Dam.


A huge statue of Johnny Kaw sits in the city park.    (Mythical figure, famous for planting sunflowers and wheatfields…)

warehamtheatre.jpg   And for my Massachusetts friends, one of the early wealthy town founders was H. P. Wareham.   His name is on a few buildings.    I have no idea if he was associated in any way with the town of Wareham, MA.   This is in downtown Manhattan KS.

Then, coming back to KCI, we drove Hwy 24 and came up on the Kansas Speedway (any Nascar fans?)    It’s amazing what this has done to attract all sorts of mass commercialization in the area.   Am.Az.Ing.    “If you build it, they will come.”   


See me again?


This concludes today’s photo essay (minus the family at lunch, etc.) of my latest trip ‘home’.



  1. Nice job with the photos C! I like the ones where you catch yourself in the rearview mirror. Thanks for posting them. That header photo is pretty cool too!

    Thanks! It’s hard work to set up the shots that have my reflection, ya know. Thx for the validation – ha! As for the old car – I loved the color and, I just love old style cars – it’s the rockabilly in me. HEY! I bet I can wear the orange plaid to a rockabilly function! Yea.

  2. Really great photos! That flatness is amazing.
    Have you ever considered becoming a travel writer? I think you’d be great at it.

    As shucks, thanks Moonbeam!

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