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Weekly Photo Challenge: Now of Christmas   20 comments


Now is anything. Now is now. Here are some of the nows I have been enjoying over the Christmas weekend with family. I hope you enjoy them. Comments are always welcome.

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Girls' room1

Girl’s Room 1 (Mom painted)

Girls' room2

Girl’s Room 2

Christmas hearth

Christmas mantle. Socks were too heavy. Too much coal.

Two faces of Christmas

Two faces of Christmas

Kids' Christmas tree

Grandkids’ Christmas tree

Christmas tree1

Christmas tree loot. Those are newborn diapers in the tree. Just a week old.

Posted December 25, 2015 by Cris in Christmas, Cris Coleman, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings   11 comments


There are all sorts of gatherings besides people. However, people gatherings have the potential to be the most fun and enjoyable, although gatherings of all kinds can be enjoyable as well. Here are a few of my favorites. Feel free to offer up your comments.

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Birthday Gathering

Birthday Gathering

Pumpkin gathering

Pumpkin Gathering

Gathering of Blooms

Gathering of Blooms

Gathering of Clouds

Gathering of Clouds

Gathering of Tin Folk

Gathering of Tin Folk

Gathering of Food

Gathering of Food

Posted December 20, 2015 by Cris in Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops   35 comments


Oops can take many forms. We’re going to skip the embarrassing ones for now. Enjoy these.

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Collapsed barn

Oops

Wrong End of Chicken

Ouch

Posted December 12, 2015 by Cris in Americana, Barns, Cris Coleman, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Remembering, Skeletons

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Eyes Have It!   35 comments


“They” say the eyes are the windows of the soul. I happen to agree. By looking at one’s eyes, coupled with expression (usually), one can pretty much tell where that soul is, at least emotionally, for that particular moment. Enjoy and feel free to comment.

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Boy Eyes1Cow eyes1

Horse eyes1

Cow eyes2

Horse eyes2

Posted December 4, 2015 by Cris in Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid (Crossed Wires)   12 comments


On my way to Iowa a couple of years ago, just outside the city of Maryville, MO, I was tooling along when I noticed this maze of beams and electrical wires that looked really cool. As it turned out, the sun was just to the point of completely disappearing and I thought I might be able to get a cool pic if I could just get back there in time and line the two up.

So, I slammed on my brakes, pulled over to the side of the road and practically ran back to a road that went into some business property. The sun was about gone and I knew I had to hurry. However, I was able to get off several pictures but this one was the only one that turned out decently. Nevertheless, I love it. It’s one of my favorite pictures. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to comment.

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A Study in Contrast   4 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   11 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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