Wednesday, July 30, 2008

division two swim meet results

the boy swam 7 events and got medals in 5! :)
his coach called him the surprise of the season :)

who'd have thought the artist would have a kid who's an athlete...and a conservative, extroverted one at that! :)

jason took photos for this event...i'll have to see if i can borrow some :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

for those who like moving pictures :)

division 2 cuts (reprise photo)


action
Originally uploaded by m_mle

this photo is from early june and i think he's grown up considerably since...but this weekend we're going to derby, ks to participate in the division 2 swim meet - john qualified in 5 events and even though he can be a total moody pre-teen punk most of the time - we are still very proud!

no idea what's in derby besides a swimming pool, but hopefully i'll have some nice photos to post on our return...

Monday, July 14, 2008

documentary puposes...

a link to the story of my show with matt in colorado springs...

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john070408


john070408
Originally uploaded by m_mle

and this is a shot of my excursion compaion :)

had to take a couple of shots with his eyes closed prior to this one so he wouldn't have the "i'm so uncomfortable i could die" smile that he has in nearly every school photo :)

hiddenKSparadise


hiddenKSparadise
Originally uploaded by m_mle

this cracked me up - a hidden kansas paradise or oasis - in reality it's a trailer park that i had no idea was tucked away near the levee.

i think there's a shanty town down river, but yeah...being by the river on a beautiful day seeing lots of galvanized metal i thought - oh maybe it's not so bad...then i looked closer and saw all the typical trailer park stylings...but from this shot it's a lovely little hideaway :)

frog


frog
Originally uploaded by m_mle

there were quite a few dead frogs on the road inside the wetlands...made for an interesting shot i thought :)

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wetlands3
Originally uploaded by m_mle

pretty wetland flowers being pollinated by a big fat bumble bee :)

wetlands2


wetlands2
Originally uploaded by m_mle

there's a waterlilly in the very near center of the shot...only have a 55mm for our nikon, but still a nice wetlands shot :)

wetlands1


wetlands1
Originally uploaded by m_mle

the view to the left upon entering the wetlands...

tracks


tracks
Originally uploaded by m_mle

just a nice scenic shot of the railroad tracks that lead from the levee to the depot...

texture2


texture2
Originally uploaded by m_mle

there were all these rocks in the landscape of the levee and many of them quite large and disintegrating in their place...makes for a nice texture...

texture


texture
Originally uploaded by m_mle

i had seen a lovely print of a bird's nest earlier that day and this just stood out to me...

stump


stump
Originally uploaded by m_mle

at the depot...

structure


structure
Originally uploaded by m_mle

the wetlands from between the legs of the structure...

stairway


stairway
Originally uploaded by m_mle

back at the depot - a stairwell down to the sidewalk that goes under the train bridge...

open


open
Originally uploaded by m_mle

this was a covered gear box or something near the levee...the river is still pretty high - but nothing dangerous here...

locks


locks
Originally uploaded by m_mle

the entry to the wetlands...you can walk in - but no cars allowed...

fountain


fountain
Originally uploaded by m_mle

back at the depot - a nice cropped shot of the fountain in the middle of the garden...

dragonfly


dragonfly
Originally uploaded by m_mle

back at the wetlands - managed to get a dragonfly percheck on a reed...

monster_dandilion


monster_dandilion
Originally uploaded by m_mle

this was our 3rd stop, across the street from the depot, near the river levee we walked...

it was the size of a softball!

purples


purples
Originally uploaded by m_mle

loved the texture on this bunch...

pink_daisy


pink_daisy
Originally uploaded by m_mle

close-up of the pretty pink daisies :)

lilly_closeup


lilly_closeup
Originally uploaded by m_mle

back at the depot...a nice close-up...

pretty_weeds


pretty_weeds
Originally uploaded by m_mle

there is an area south east of town called the wakarusa wetlands and it's currently protected but they try to build a highway through it every few years i think...

this shot is from the wetlands - the 1st stop on our photo excursion...

mini_roses


mini_roses
Originally uploaded by m_mle

flowerpatch2


flowerpatch2
Originally uploaded by m_mle

these looked like those wildflowers you see on the sides of the highway only they were this luscious yellow ochre instead of white...

flower patch


flowerpatch
Originally uploaded by m_mle

i love these...i think i will try to grow them next year...

daisy_patch


daisy_patch
Originally uploaded by m_mle

the flowers were beautiful

asian lillies


asianlillies
Originally uploaded by m_mle

on the 4th of july, i grabbed my kid and went on a photo excursion...this was on the last stop of the trip - a train depot that they rent out for parties now...but it has a lovely garden outside...