A Study in Contrast   2 comments


Here is a little piece of Smithfield Reservoir north of Kansas City, Missouri. I wanted to do this in black and white, which is something I don’t normally do, because color just didn’t do it for me. I beefed up the contrast 100 percent and cropped out the extraneous part of the photograph that I originally thought more highly of. I believe I sharpened it just a bit also. I hope you enjoy it.

Smithfield Reservoir, north of Kansas City, Missouri

Smithfield Reservoir, north of Kansas City, Missouri

Weekly Photo Challenge: Today Was a Good Day   16 comments


June 17, 2015 was a good day. Not only did the Kansas City Royals roll over the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2, but I was able to get a few decent photographs as well, perched up in the stands between third base and left field. The final photo will show you where I sat.

The first photograph is of Lorenzo Cain, last year’s MVP of the American League playoff series. The second is of Mike “Moose” Moustakis, the third-baseman, watching a foul ball that had already whizzed past him. Every time Moose does something in the field, even just catching a ball and throwing it to first base, or just walking up to bat, the entire crowd (seemingly} yells out “M-o-o-o-o-o-o-se”. To the uninitiated it might sound like, “B-o-o-o-o-o-o”. The third photo is Ryan Madson, one of the vaunted relief corps of the Royals.

It was a great day watching the Royals light up the scoreboard, but alas, no home runs for the Royals. Fortunately, none for the Brewers, either. (Did I actually say, “alas”?)

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Lorenzo "LoCain" Cain taking a swing at a Brewer fast ball. (There all fast to me, curvy or not.)

Lorenzo Cain takes a swing at a Brewer fast ball. (They’re all fast to me, curve balls, sliders, off speed, etc., notwithstanding.)

Mike "Moose" Moustakis watching a foul ball head toward the left field corner

Mike “Moose” Moustakis watching a foul ball head toward the left field corner

Ryan Madsen came in for relief of Joe Blanton in the late innings

Ryan Madson came in for relief of Joe Blanton in the late innings

The Crowd, not quite a sellout, but pretty close

The Crowd, not quite a sellout, but pretty close

WPC 2 Creepy Clouds   9 comments


There’s been a lot of weird cloud formation ever since H A A R P started messing with the ionosphere. Here are a couple of them.

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Back yard facing west

Back yard facing west – June 13,  2013

Back yard facing north June 3, 2014

Back yard facing north
June 3, 2014

Posted August 15, 2015 by Cris in Clouds, Creepy, Cris Coleman, Weather, Weird

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy (Ghosts of Children)   42 comments


Ghosts of Children

 

Wherewith hath come

The screeching wind

That withered frame

And emptied rooms,

That sent mice racing

To their holes,

While ghosts of children

Play in the grass?

 

Oh, the times they change

But life moves on,

Yet their skeletons

Stay behind

With stark remains

Of joy and pain

While ghosts of children

Play in the grass.

 

Cris Coleman

August 15, 2015

 

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 The night has been unruly: where we lay, Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say, Lamentings heard i' the air; strange screams of death, And prophesying with accents terrible Of dire combustion and confused events New hatch'd to the woeful time: the obscure bird Clamour'd the livelong night: some say, the earth Was feverous and did shake. (Macbeth, 2.3)


The night has been unruly: where we lay,
Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,
Lamentings heard i’ the air; strange screams of death,
And prophesying with accents terrible
Of dire combustion and confused events
New hatch’d to the woeful time: the obscure bird
Clamour’d the livelong night: some say, the earth
Was feverous and did shake.
(Macbeth, 2.3)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath my feet   21 comments


What’s beneath my feet?

The sand,

The water,

The flowers,

The things that crawl and fly.

However, the one thing you never want

Beneath your feet

Are people.

 

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Grand River, near Gallatin, MO

Grand River, near Gallatin, Missouri

B-21 Lake, near Osborn, Missouri

B-21 Lake, near Osborn, Missouri

Woods near Gallatin, Missouri

Woods near Gallatin, Missouri

Posted August 7, 2015 by Cris in Cris Coleman, Gallatin, Grand River, Missouri, Nature, Osborn, Photography

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Weekly Photo Challengs: Angels, Symbol of Goodness   3 comments


Angels symbolize all things good to me. While typically thought of as female in the modern age, and even in the middle ages, they were male in the Bible. At least, I’m not aware of any female angels in the Bible. I could be wrong, however, as I haven’t read the ENTIRE Bible yet.

If there is anything honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, hopeful, virtuous, lovely, of good report, praiseworthy, we may attribute these qualities to angels — male or female. It is these qualities we must strive to obtain if we are to reach our highest reaches of humanity.

Angels are also protectors and providers of and for those who seek to do God’s will. At least, there are many examples of this in the Bible. And we certainly hear of many contemporary anecdotes of angels coming to the assistance of people in need in many different ways.

“Thou madest him [man] a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands.” (Hebrews 2:7.)

Now, what it means to be “a little lower than the angels” I am not prepared to say, only that with a little effort and a lot of help from God, we can perhaps obtain these qualities that would put us in the presence of angels and make them our friends.

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Angels we have heard on high

Angels we have heard on high

Posted July 11, 2015 by Cris in Cris Coleman, Fantasy, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Next DOOR Neighbors   Leave a comment


Downtown Altamont, MO is almost a ghost town, although the village itself sports a population of (I think) 209. Yet, the only business it has is a towing service, which has an old tired/retired gas pump out front. The village also has a post office that was almost retired by the USPS, but instead, it was relegated to a part-time service. It also has a fire department.

Altamont had a tire repair/sales business run out of someone’s home, but that has recently retired. If there are any other business goings-on, I am not aware of it.

These old doors were once part of (presumably) two thriving businesses located next to each other, kitty corner from the towing service. One was a grocery store. I am not sure what business the other door belonged to. If I remember correctly, DOOR #2 was the grocery stoer.

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What's behind door #1

What’s behind door #1

What's behind door #2

What’s behind door #2

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