Dave Parker Photography: Blog https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog en-us (C) Dave Parker Photography (Dave Parker Photography) Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:54:00 GMT Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:54:00 GMT https://www.dfp-photos.com/img/s/v-12/u638763932-o204967000-50.jpg Dave Parker Photography: Blog https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog 119 120 GloWild at the KC Zoo (2022) https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/11/glowild-at-the-kc-zoo-2022 Went to the GloWild production at the KC Zoo a couple night ago with my wife and son and his family. it was a beautiful night and I got plenty of photos. I posted some on TikTok and they subsequently pushed them to Instagram and Facebook, however, their process of downsizing the images really ruined the photos. Therefore, I am posting a slide show on my blog which should be much better quality . . . Enjoy!


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(Dave Parker Photography) glowed Kansas City MO KC Zoo light show night https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/11/glowild-at-the-kc-zoo-2022 Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:53:54 GMT
30 Aug - Amsterdam - Day 2 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/29-aug---amsterdam---day-2 30-Aug –Once again we boarded the trolley and followed the directions provided by the Viking representative at the hotel. We decided to visit the Botanical Gardens and the Zoo. We had to change trolleys and the instructions provided at the hotel were right on . . .  we visited both locations and then boarded the trolley to the Central Station which was very impressive. All trolleys end-up here. We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering up/down Damarak Street . . . this is a street that connects the main railroad station to Dam Square and the Royal Palace. From here, we hopped on a boat for a sightseeing tour of the city’s canals which has more canals that Venice. Around dinner time we took the trolley back to the stop (Lutmastratt) close to our hotel. A Viking representative in the hotel pointed out a favorite restaurant within walking distance. We ended up at a restaurant called ‘Loetje’. Dave had a steak almost 2” thick and it was so tender it could be cut with a fork. After dinner we headed back to the hotel to pack and get ready for an early morning departure. We were taken to the airport about 6:30 am. In conclusion, I want to say that Viking was awesome; they planned everything down to the last detail and then had contingencies for disruptions. We got to the airport with plenty of time to spare and made it home on schedule. If you have been following this blog from the start (15-Aug) and looked at all the photos, you viewed over 900 photographs. I took over 5,000 photos and am still working on some of those in Photoshop. Thanks for viewing!


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(Dave Parker Photography) Amsterdam architecture Damarak in Amsterdam Netherlands trolleys vacation Viking Viking Grand European Tour https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/29-aug---amsterdam---day-2 Thu, 13 Oct 2022 12:54:27 GMT
29 Aug - Amsterdam, Day 1 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/28-aug---amsterdam-day-1 29-Aug – We leave the Viking Skirnir for the last time about 7:30 am and shortly thereafter everyone that has extended the trip by 2-days is transported to one of two hotels. We were taken to the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside Hotel (reportedly owned by Viking) where we checked into a beautiful room and subsequently had an incuded buffet breakfast. We then had a morning walking tour in part of Amsterdam by a local Viking employee. After the tour we were left on our own to explore the sights. We attempted to get tickets to the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, however, there were no tickets available for our two days in Amsterdam. We did get into the Rijksmuseum which is the national museum of the Netherlands dedicated to Dutch arts and history. The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. After spending several hours in the museum, we walked back to the hotel to get instructions on how to use the transit system. We had purchased a 2-day trolly pass but it was not totally clear how to negotiate the city. You couldn’t talk to the trolly operator and most of the people we approached denied speaking English. The stops were all identified in Dutch and it was next to impossible to do anything without getting specific stop names and transfer information from the Viking representative in the hotel. We could not even pick out landmarks to identify our starting point as everything looked very similar and the trolley moves pretty fast. Viking provided maps but they did not help! Once we got some information we headed out and boarded the trolly got off at the Central Station. We walked around the area and found a small Italian restaurant where we had dinner. Taking the trolley to Central Station gave us a little more confidence to use it. We rode the trolly (#24) back to ‘Lutmastratt,’ got off and walked to the hotel about two blocks away. 

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(Dave Parker Photography) Amsterdam bikes Netherlands Pestana Amsterdam Hotel Rijksmuseum Viking Viking Grand European Tour https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/28-aug---amsterdam-day-1 Tue, 11 Oct 2022 12:43:07 GMT
28-Aug - Kinderdijk Windmills; Netherlands https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/28-aug 28-Aug – We sail along the Merwede and Waal Rivers and view the scenic sights. The Merwede river is part of the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta and is mostly fed by the Rhine river. The Waal is the main distributary branch of the Rhine flowing approximately 80 km (50 mi) through the Netherlands. In the afternoon we docked and did a barge tour of the Kinderdijk Windmills. This included a walk-through of a windmill set up as a museum. We were only able to go on the ground floor, however, the tour was very informative. The town of Kinderdijk hosts a population of about 60 and they get about 600,000 visitors a year! Kinderdijk is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site — dotted with 19 windmills, which still work much as they did in the mid-18th century when they were built. This, of course, was the highlight of the day’s travels; Tomorrow, the 29th, the river tour will end and in the morning we will leave the Viking Skirnir and relocate to our hotel in Amsterdam for our last two days of this vacation.

 

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(Dave Parker Photography) Kinderdijk Merwede River Netherlands Viking Viking Grand European Tour Waal River windmills https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/28-aug Sun, 09 Oct 2022 13:00:00 GMT
27 Aug - Cologne, Germany https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/27-aug---cologne-germany 27-Aug – The Viking Skirnir arrives in Cologne, Germany around 9:00 am and shortly thereafter we begin a walking tour of the city center. The Cologne Cathedral is truly unbelievable; the craftsmanship, architecture and design of this magnificent building was begun around 1248 and it took nearly seven centuries to be completed. Spared Allied bombs during World War II, the cathedral’s imposing twin spires are visible for miles and stained-glass windows fill the interior with brilliant colored light. As you might expect, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is a mix of old and new and the city reveals its Roman heritage in its city layout and ancient ruins that lie scattered through the town

 


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) cologne cologne cathedral germany padlocks roman heritage unesco world heritage site Viking Viking Grand European Tour https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/27-aug---cologne-germany Fri, 07 Oct 2022 11:48:17 GMT
26 Aug - Middle Rhine, Braubach, Marksburg Castle & Koblenz, Germany https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/26-aug---middle-rhine-braubach-marksburg-castle-koblenz-germany 26-Aug – During the morning hours we had scenic sailing along the Middle Rhine and historical commentary by our Program Director. In recognition of the Rhine’s status as one of the world’s oldest and most magnificent cultural landscapes, UNESCO declared the Upper Middle Rhine Valley a World Heritage Site in 2002, stating it is of “outstanding universal value.” About 2:00 pm we dock in Braubach, Germany and subsequently toured the Marksburg Castle. After the castle tour we get back on the Viking Skirnir and sailed to Koblenz, Germany, arriving there about 3:30 pm and docked very close to the ‘German Corner’ where the Moselle and Rhine Rivers meet. The evening is open for us to explore the town.

 


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(Dave Parker Photography) Braubach Deutsches Eck German Corner Germany Grand European Tour Koblenz Marksburg Castle Middle Rhine UNESCO World Heritage Site Viking https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/26-aug---middle-rhine-braubach-marksburg-castle-koblenz-germany Wed, 05 Oct 2022 13:00:00 GMT
25 Aug -Wertheim & Miltenberg, Germany https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/25aug--wertheim-germany 25-Aug – After arriving in Wertheim, Germany, via the Main River (a tributary to the Rhine River) we stopped for a morning walking tour and shopping on our own. Wertheim is the most northerly town in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is situated at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers. Most people have heard of the leaning tower of Pisa, but your probably have not heard of the leaning tower of Wertheim (Spitzer Turn [Pointed Tower]). The tower’s noticeable lean is due to 800 years of flooding rather than any architectural defect – a hazard of the town’s susceptible location on the banks of the Main and Tauber Rivers. Markers on the tower itself and other old buildings in Wertheim show just how high the water has reached over the centuries. Built in the 13th century as a lookout tower, the Pointed Tower also served as a prison for drunkards and quarrelsome wenches. If two women were deemed to be shrews due to their fighting and bickering with each other, they were locked in the tower for up to six weeks. Since the only entrance to the tower was located 30’ off the ground, the women had to climb a ladder and then be lowered to the bottom of the tower with ropes. We were then off to Miltenberg for a short stop.


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24 Aug - Wurzburg, Germany https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/24-aug---wurzburg-germany 24-Aug – We arrived in Wurzburg, Germany after breakfast. Here we took a shore excursion that included touring the Wurzburg Residenz and walking around the town. The Würzburg Residence (German: Würzburger Residenz) is a palace. Balthasar Neumann, court architect of the Bishop of Würzburg, was the principal architect of the Residence, which was commissioned by the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg, Johann Philipp Franz von Schönborn and his brother Friedrich Carl von Schönborn in 1720, and completed in 1744. The Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, assisted by his son, Domenico, painted frescoes in the building. Interiors considered masterworks of Baroque/Rococo or Neoclassical architecture and art include the grand staircase, the chapel, and the Imperial Hall. The building was reportedly called the "largest parsonage in Europe" by Napoleon.  It was heavily damaged by Allied bombing during World War II, and restoration has been in progress since 1945. Since 1981, the Residence has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its outstanding Baroque art, design, and architecture. Photography inside the building was not permitted.


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(Dave Parker Photography) germany grand european tour viking wurzberg wurzburg residenz https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/10/24-aug---wurzburg-germany Sat, 01 Oct 2022 13:00:00 GMT
23 Aug - Bamberg, Germany https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/23-aug---bamberg-germany 23-Aug – We arrived in Bamberg, Germany this morning and what a special treat we had in store for us. A long-time friend of both Annie’s and Dave’s in Kansas City had friends that were tour guides in Bamberg. Our friends contacted their Bamberg friends and as a result, we had a private tour of the city with Chris and Dirk. Bamberg is situated on 7 hills. We did not get to see all 7, however, we did see much more than what the Viking tour provided. Chris & Dirk even provided the .50€ (50¢) for each of us to use the public restrooms on multiple occasions, and not to be undone, we stopped a local pub and they bought each of us a pint of Schlenkerla Rauchbier which had a flavor of smoke and bacon. Actually, it was pretty good. They say if you don’t like it at first, drink 3 of them and you will love it. The smokebeer is a dark, aromatic, bottom-fermented beer with an alcohol content of 5.1%. The Viking Skirnir was only dropping us off for the morning so the tour with Chris & Dirk was only about 4 hours but we were introduced to a beautiful city which was not destroyed by World War II bombing. Bamberg has the largest repository of retained medieval structures in its’ remarkably preserved Old Town; because of this, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Google Bamberg, Germany for more information on the city. Many thanks to our Kansas City friends, John & Marlene and our new Bamberg friends, Chris & Dirk!


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(Dave Parker Photography) 2022 Bamberg baroque architecture Germany gothic architecture Main-Danube canal Romanesque architecture UNESCO World Heritage Site Viking Viking Grand European Tour https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/23-aug---bamberg-germany Thu, 29 Sep 2022 13:00:00 GMT
22 Aug - Nuremberg, Germany https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/22aug 22-Aug – We arrive in Nuremberg, Germany for a full day of touring Old Town Nuremberg, the area inside the walls. The present city wall was completed in 1400 as a five kilometers long, crooked parallelogram. Four gate towers were built at its four corner points. Even though it has been heavily restored or rebuilt in parts, the city wall has been almost completely preserved and surrounds the old town. While touring on our own in Old Town, we actually got lost for about 40 minutes even though we had a map. We had about 30 minutes to get to where the bus was picking us up . . . it seemed nobody could help us until Dave went into a Holiday Inn where the front desk personnel spoke English and directed us to the location we needed to be. We boarded the bus, went back to the Longboat for lunch and then had another tour back inside Old Town in the afternoon where we were exposed to part of the town we didn’t see earlier. At dinner time we were transported back to the Viking Skirnir for dinner and sailing to our next port which would be Bamberg, Germany.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Germany Nuremberg Viking Grand European Tour walled city https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/22aug Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:00:00 GMT
21 Aug - Regensburg, Germany https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/21-aug---regensburg-germany 21-Aug – Today we did a walking tour of Regensburg; this community is described as a true medieval city untouched by World War II bombing and rich in architectural splendor. Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As we entered the inner city, or Old Town, we crossed the Danube river on a 12th century Old Stone Bridge linking the Old Town with Stadtamhof. For more than 800 years, until the 1930s, it was the city's only bridge across the river. It is a masterwork of medieval construction and an emblem of the city.


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(Dave Parker Photography) 2022 Germany Gothic architecture Grand European Tour Regensburg St. Peter's Cathedral Viking https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/21-aug---regensburg-germany Sun, 25 Sep 2022 13:00:00 GMT
20 Aug - Passau, Germany & the Baroque Town of Scharding https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/20-aug---passau-germany-the-baroque-town-of-scharding 20-Aug – Approximately 9 am we arrived in Passau, Germany where three rivers (Danube, Ilz, and Inn ) converged to shape this distinctive city. Here we had a walking tour through delightful old-world streets. We visited St. Stephen’s Cathedral, among other sights. The cathedral is located on the highest point of the city’s Old Town. In 1662 a fire that swept through Passau and destroyed most of the facility with only the eastern façade left standing. The structure was rebuilt between 1668 and 1693. St. Stephen’s is home to the largest cathedral organ in the world, with 17,974 pipes, 233 stops and four carillons. We had free time to shop and explore the city before casting off in mid-afternoon. It was mostly a cloudy morning . . . it was very pleasant. This was not to be said for our afternoon adventure of our visit to the Baroque Town of Scharding. It rained; actually, it poured. We got wet and the area got a dose of badly needed rainfall.

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(Dave Parker Photography) Bavaria Germany Passau Scharding St. Stephen's Cathedral Viking Grand European Tour Viking River Cruise https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/20-aug---passau-germany-the-baroque-town-of-scharding Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:00:00 GMT
19 Aug - Wachau Valley & Melk, Austria https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/19-aug---wachau-valley-vienna-austria 19 Aug – On this Friday we were treated to scenic sailing. On the upper deck, were enjoyed spectacular views and commentary by Program Director Elana as we sailed through the Wachau Valley. Castles were aplenty and there even was the Wachauer Nase which resides by the Danube at the ferry stop in Sankt Lorenz opposite Weißenkirchen / Wachau. It looks as if a giant was buried underground with only his nose poking out. The nostrils are big enough for people to enter. It boastfully is the most beautiful nose in the whole of Wachau, and all winegrowers wish it was theirs. In the afternoon we were treated to a shore excursion to Melk, Austria and the Melk Abby. This was the highlight of our Danube Valley visit. This has been described by some as the most famous abbey in Austria. The views from the abbey are sensational. Built between 1702 and 1736, the abbey was originally a royal palace with ceremonial courts, guest apartments, grand halls and a library. The library, itself, was very impressive; It comprises a main hall that boasts 16,000 volumes, plus 12 more rooms that are not open to the public but contain an additional 100,000 volumes. No photos were permitted inside the abbey :-[


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(Dave Parker Photography) 2022 Abbey Austria Danube Melk Melk Abbey Viking Viking Grand European Tour Wachau Valley Wachauer Nose https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/19-aug---wachau-valley-vienna-austria Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:00:00 GMT
17-18 Aug - Vienna, Austria https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/17-18-aug-vienna-austria 17-18 Aug - After leaving Komarom we cruised the Danube arriving in Vienna, Austria in the early evening. After a luxurious dinner on the Viking Skirnir we got on a bus and traveled to the Palais Auersperg which was built between 1706 and 1710. Here we were treated to a Mozart & Strauss concert. On the 18th we toured a number of historical sights including St. Stephens Cathedral, Vienna’s most recognizable landmark; it’s South Tower projects 449’ above Vienna’s City Centre. We also toured the exterior of the Imperial Court Palace (AKA: Hofburg Palace), a truly magnificent work of architecture built between 1711 and 1740. Together with its many squares and gardens, the palace (Hofburg) occupies an area of some 59 acres and is, in many ways, a "city-within-a-city" comprising 18 groups of buildings, 19 courtyards and a staggering 2,600 rooms. I would love to spend a couple weeks visiting this amazing city.

 


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(Dave Parker Photography) Austria capital city Danube Hofburg Palace Mozart St. Peter's church St. Stephen's Cathedral Strauss Vienna Viking Grand European Tour https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/17-18-aug-vienna-austria Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:00:00 GMT
15-16 Aug 22 - Budapest, Hungary, et al https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/15-16-aug-22---budapest-hungary-et-al 15 Aug 2022 – We began our 14-day Viking River Cruise (Grand European Tour – Budapest to Amsterdam) after arriving in Budapest, Hungary. We were supposed to board the Viking Modi in Budapest and spend the 16th & 17th visiting sights in the city. Mother Nature, however, had different plans. The weather was nice but the rivers in Europe were extremely low and the longboat could not traverse the river going north. Consequently, Viking bussed us from the Budapest airport to Komarom, Hungary, about 50 km North of Budapest where we spent the night on the Viking Skirnir, which turned out to be our vessel for the entire trip. Komarom is on the south bank of the Danube. Slovakia is on the north bank of the river. Viking did bus us to Budapest on the 16th and we got a few hours of touring the city. We did not get our ‘Budapest at Night’ tour, however. The one-way trip between the cities took about 90 minutes and we were exhausted at the end of the day. Photos in Hungary included that of the rail yard in Komarom and various street shots in Budapest. Impressive buildings in Budapest were also photographed. The parts of Budapest that we visited were very clean, not at all like the filthy cities in the USA. Also, the road network that we traveled by bus was exceptional. States in this country should take a lesson in road maintenance from Hungary and other European nations. We were totally impressed by the cleanliness and upkeep of the roadways in most of the areas that we traveled.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Budapest Danube Europe Hungary Komarom river cruise Viking https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2022/9/15-16-aug-22---budapest-hungary-et-al Fri, 16 Sep 2022 13:30:00 GMT
Vincent Van Gogh Alive Exhibit @ Starlight https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2021/10/vincent-van-gogh-alive-exhibit-starlight I’m not what you would call an aficionado of artists or art from the Impressionists era including the works of Vincent Van Gogh. My boat doesn’t float in those waters but my wife, on the other hand loves art from that era to include Van Gogh. Consequently, she purchased 2 tickets for the Vincent Van Gogh Alive production in Kansas City, hosted at Starlight Theater. We went to the show on Tuesday evening and was I impressed. The 45-minute presentation was mind blowing, not only because of the images, but because of the presentation. If you have the opportunity to go, you might want to consider doing so . . . .   

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(Dave Parker Photography) #VanGoghAliveKC" artist exhibit impressionist VanGoghAliveStarlight Vincent Van Gogh https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2021/10/vincent-van-gogh-alive-exhibit-starlight Tue, 26 Oct 2021 21:20:09 GMT
2021 Ol'Marais River Run Car Show https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2021/9/2021-olmarais-river-run-car-show The Ol' Marais River Run, an Ottawa classic for a generation, occurred last weekend. Annie & I were there for the event. The first River Run car show was held in 1986 with about 150 participants. The 2021 event featured over 2,000 cars and thousands of guests. The event was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

On Saturday evening, once 6 o’clock rolled around, the engines start rolling for the Back to the 60s Cruise Night. Every vehicle featured was from 1972 or earlier. We attended this event as well as spending a few hours in Forest Park where the cars were on display. Probably the biggest and best car show we have ever attended (this was the 3rd year that we attended this annual event). We took over 700 photos; enjoy the 100 or so that are pictured below. 

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(Dave Parker Photography) antiques car show classic cars classic trucks classics Ol'Marais River Run https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2021/9/2021-olmarais-river-run-car-show Thu, 23 Sep 2021 18:09:34 GMT
When in Phoenix - Part II - The Heard Museum https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2021/3/when-in-phoenix---part-ii---the-heard-museum When in Phoenix – Part II

There are plenty of sights in the Phoenix area to occupy any free time you may have while visiting there. I detailed Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Part I. In this blog post I am including some photos taken at the Heard Museum. This is another wonderful tourist attraction that you should not miss if you have any interest in art. The images are not available for sale or download as the art is all copyrighted.  Enjoy . . . . . 


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) art AZ Heard Museum museum Phoenix Southwest https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2021/3/when-in-phoenix---part-ii---the-heard-museum Wed, 24 Mar 2021 18:48:44 GMT
When in the Phoenix/Scottsdale Area - Part I https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2021/3/when-in-the-phoenix/scottsdale-area---part-i If you happen to be in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area with a few hours to spare, do not waste any time to schedule a visit at Frank Lloyd Wrights Winter Home, Taliesin West. For those of you interested in architecture or art, this is a must. A reservation is required. Below are just of few of the photos from the site . . . . . 


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(Dave Parker Photography) architecture art AZ Frank Lloyd Wright Phoenix Scottsdale Taliesin West https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2021/3/when-in-the-phoenix/scottsdale-area---part-i Sun, 21 Mar 2021 18:44:13 GMT
The Momentary https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2020/10/the-momentary Spent last weekend in Branson, MO just to get away from the Ground Hog Day environment we have been experiencing this Spring, Summer and Fall. While there, we took a day and made the 2 hour drive to Bentonville, AR where we visited both Crystal Bridges and The Momentary. This was our first visit to The Momentary and Annie and I were total impressed with what we saw. The Momentary is housed in a 63,000 square foot former Kraft manufacturing facility which was adaptively reused to create the Momentary facility. The Momentary is a contemporary art museum and event space and operates as a satellite of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The artwork being displayed is the product of Nick Cave, American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist from Fulton, MO. To get more insight into the mind of the artist and this exhibit (UNTIL), visit https://youtu.be/GrOnXvNH_UQ

 


 

 

 

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(Dave Parker Photography) architecture art contemporary event space momentary Nick Cave https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2020/10/the-momentary Tue, 06 Oct 2020 19:42:26 GMT
KC Readies for Chief's Super Bowl Appearance https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2020/1/kc-readies-for-chiefs-super-bowl-appearance It's been quite some time since I've blogged here on my web site . . . most of my recent postings have been on my Facebook page . . . (https://www.facebook.com/daveparkerphotos).  My wife and I went to the KC Symphony on Tuesday evening and after the show we drove around town and took in all the tributes to the KC Chiefs as they finally found their way to the Super Bowl. Many, many buildings have been decorated in red to honor the Chiefs accomplishments and show support for them in the upcoming game. The below slide show depicts just a few of the photos captured Tuesday night.

 

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(Dave Parker Photography) buildings football kansas city memorabilia night red super bowl bound https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2020/1/kc-readies-for-chiefs-super-bowl-appearance Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:16:41 GMT
Jeff City - MO State Penitentiary Tour https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2019/5/jeff-city---mo-state-penitentiary-tour Annie and I spent last weekend in Jefferson City, MO . . . Capitol of the State. One of the highlights of our visit was a 3-hour tour of the Old Missouri State Penitentiary which closed in 2004. This was an extremely educational and enjoyable tour. If you have not toured the prison and have the opportunity to do so, they have several types of tours which must be scheduled on-line. They have history tours, both 2 & 3 hour tours. We took the 3 hour tour and the people we heard from stated it was much better than the 2-hour tour. They also have paranormal tours.  Check them out on-line if interested . . . www.MissouriPenTours.com .  Enjoy the slide show!


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(Dave Parker Photography) historic Jefferson City Missouri State Penitentiary MO prison https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2019/5/jeff-city---mo-state-penitentiary-tour Tue, 14 May 2019 20:28:23 GMT
Cabo San Lucas Vacation 1 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/12/cobo-san-lucas-vacation-1 Getting There & Sirena del Mar Resort

Annie and I just got back from a wonderful week in Cabo San Lucas where we stayed at the Welk – Sierna del Mar Resort. We left Kansas City at 6:10 am and beat the snow storm that moved in later that day and closed the airport. We had to change planes in Denver and did so with no issues. The photos in the below slideshow show a few shots in Denver and then you will see a number of photos from our resort to include photos taken from our 3rd floor ocean facing deck. This was our first visit to this part of the globe and we had a very relaxing time. Annie did get to do some shopping and our ventures around the southern tip of Baja will be detailed in two upcoming Blogs; 1.) The Los Cobos Encounter and 2.) Todos Santos . . . .


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(Dave Parker Photography) airline airport Baja Cabo San Lucas Denver Mexico Sirena del Mar southwest https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/12/cobo-san-lucas-vacation-1 Sun, 02 Dec 2018 16:09:37 GMT
Cabo San Lucas Vacation 2 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/12/cabo-san-lucas-vacation-2 The Los Cabos Encounter

This was a 7 hour tour with Esperanza’s Tours; it included a visit to Mirador Costa Azul, the San Jose Estuary, Puerto Los Cabos, the art district in San Jose, Lunch at family owned Mexican Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, tour of a glass blowing operation in the poorer section of town, a boat ride out and up close to the famed Arch of Cabo San Lucas, Tequila tasting and shopping in Cabo San Lucas. It was a long day but the tour driver, a native of Cabo San Lucas, gave us an insightful history lesson and inspiration for our exploration the following day. The photos included in this slide show were all taken during this tour.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Arch of Cabo San Lucas estuary glass blowing Los Cabos marina San Jose https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/12/cabo-san-lucas-vacation-2 Sun, 02 Dec 2018 16:09:20 GMT
Cabo San Lucas Vacation 3 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/12/cabo-san-lucas-vacation-3 Todos Santos

For this trip we rented a car and drove North on Hwy 19 for about 90 minutes. We were told to get back before dark because of the open range in this desert area. Cattle and other animals are almost impossible to see as it gets very dark. We did get back before dark. Todos Santos is a small coastal town in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, on the Pacific coast side of the Baja California Peninsula. Handicraft shops, owner-operated art galleries featuring landscape paintings of local scenes, upscale restaurants, boutique hotels and restored colonial buildings have contributed to the gentrification and redevelopment of the town. The Hotel California is a favorite stop here because of the name association with the song made famous by the Eagles, even though the song does not specifically reference this particular hotel, nor any other existing hotel. Bright colors adorn many of the buildings and add a very interesting touch to the otherwise bleak desert surroundings.


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(Dave Parker Photography) art district colorful Hotel California mission Mission of Santa Maria of Todos Santos theater Todos Santos https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/12/cabo-san-lucas-vacation-3 Sun, 02 Dec 2018 16:09:04 GMT
Sedona, AZ - Day 8 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-az---day-8 Day 8 - West Fork Trail Hike - Oak Creek Canyon

Today was mostly cloudy with some precipitation but nevertheless, a beautiful day. We decided to hike the very popular West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. There is limited parking at this location and because of the clouds and rain we didn’t think the lot would be full. This turned out to be a day dream. Parking cost $10 and we still had to wait more than 1 hour to get a parking spot. The West Fork Trail is touted to be one of the best trails in Arizona and one of the top 10 trails in the United States. Round trip it is 7.2 miles long. We didn’t make it all the way to the end but we did a respectable 4+ miles having to cross the stream about 8 times in each direction. The foliage was approaching it’s most beautiful colors and despite the rain, we had a great time! This is the end of my blog on our Sedona vacation. Hope you enjoyed it . . .


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) AZ colorful Fall Colors Oak Creek Canyon stream trees water West Fork Trail https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-az---day-8 Sun, 25 Nov 2018 01:11:33 GMT
Sedona, AZ - Days 5-7 & 9 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-az---days-5-7 Days 5, 6, 7 & 9 - In and around Sedona . . . . . 

After another huge breakfast at the B&B we were off to several historic towns/villages in the region. The Bell Rock was photographed from our deck. Scattered clouds in the sky made this picture more interesting than the previous shots with a totally clear sky. Our first stop was the community of Cottonwood where the next couple photos were taken. We then took Forest Roads in the Verde Valley. The drive is all about seeing the very familiar from a very different vantage point. This route was a little more than 17 miles on unpaved roads.  We went through Clarksville and on to Jerome, AZ where we stopped for some sightseeing and shopping. Then off again to Prescott, AZ and finally back to the B&B. The following 2 days (Days 6 & 7) we just toured around Sedona and we relocated from the B&B to the Bell Rock Inn which was nice but not to the extent of the Cozy Cactus B&B. Day 9 involved more touring in and around Sedona to include a Spanish designed shopping center and The Chapel of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic chapel built into the buttes of Sedona.


 

 


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) Bell Rock Inn Chapel Cottonwood Cross" Holy Jerome of Prescott Sedona the https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-az---days-5-7 Sat, 24 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Sedona, AZ - Day 4 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-az---day-4 Day 4 - AZ Forest Roads & Williams, AZ

Our 4th day of vacation and our 1st day in Sedona started off with a large breakfast at the Cozy Cactus B&B. The B&B is located on Bell Rock Rd. and from our room, as well as the back patio, there is an unobstructed view of the 'Bell Rock'. After breakfast we were off to several Forest Roads North of Flagstaff. The most beautiful one was Forest Road 151 which afforded a magnificent view of the snow-capped San Francisco Peaks. The aspens were just about at their peak fall colors. We drove several other Forest Roads which were almost as scenic as FR 151. We then headed to Williams, AZ, on old Rt 66, known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. One of my favorite photos was captured in Williams; it was a photo of man sitting on the tailgate of his pick-up, parked at the curb, playing very accomplished tunes on his guitar. You’ll just have to imagine your favorite song being played as you view this photo.  We toured the town, had dinner there and then headed back to the Cozy Cactus B&B. Tune in tomorrow for images from days 5, 6, 7, & 9. They include pictures from in and around Sedona and many of the small historic towns/villages.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Arizona AZ Forest Road FR 151 musician Rt 66 San Francisco Peaks scenic Williams https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-az---day-4 Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
Sedona Vacation - Days 2-3 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-vacation---days-2-3 Colorado Springs to Chinle (Canyon de Chelly), AZ

We departed Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs about 6:00 am and headed South and then West on Colorado 160 to Alamosa, CO where we turned South and drove into New Mexico and subsequently into Arizona. We arrived in Chinle, AZ about 3:00 pm after a beautiful drive. We stopped along the way (of course) to take a number of photographs of the Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona scenery. One of my favorite photos is that of the rolling hills in Huerfano County, CO (Rt 160) with a light dusting of snow and the bare trees. Looking at the detail of this almost black and white photo amazes me; it is very simple, yet detailed. The highlight of the drive was on the paved Indian Route 13 through New Mexico and Arizona. The picture with the horses on the road side was taken in Arizona on this highway. After arriving in Chinle, AZ and visiting the Canyon de Chelly park headquarters, we drove the South Rim Drive, a 36 mile round trip through the canyon where there were 8 pull-outs to get grand views of the canyon. The following morning, we had a scheduled tour of the canyon thru Canyon de Chelly Tours where we had a local Navajo guide who drove a 4-wheel drive Suburban (we needed the 4-wheel drive). This was well worth the time and money for the tour. In addition to seeing many historic sights, we got a history lesson. In the early afternoon we continued our journey to Sedona, AZ where we checked into the Cozy Cactus B&B about 6:00 pm. This is a 5 Star B&B; a great place to stay when in Sedona. Tune in tomorrow for our adventures into the forest north of Flagstaff. 


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(Dave Parker Photography) canyon de chelly scenic shiprock https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-vacation---days-2-3 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 14:46:40 GMT
Sedona, AZ Vacation - Day 1 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-az-vacation---day-1 Colorado Springs, CO

We recently returned from a 3,000 mile road trip to Sedona, AZ with our first stop in Colorado Springs, CO where we stayed in a beautiful 2 bedroom suite at Peterson AFB. We left at 03:00 hrs (in the morning) so as to arrive at our first spot in the early afternoon. We took a few pictures along the way but a lot more at the Air Force Museum as well as downtown Colorado Springs. In this posting I am sharing some of the images captured during our first full day and prior to heading to our second stop which was Canyon De Chelly, AZ. Day two will be featured in the next blog.


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(Dave Parker Photography) AFB co colorado city colorado springs vintage aircraft https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/11/sedona-az-vacation---day-1 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:50:15 GMT
Top of the Rock Museum (2018) https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/6/top-of-the-rock-museum-92018 My wife and I recently returned from a 4-day trip to South-Central Missouri . . . specifically, Branson and points south. One of the attractions was Top of the Rock, a Johnny Morris production South of Branson. We have been there before and you can
click here to see those images; we had a great time but didn’t see everything that was offered. One of those two things which we did see this time was the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum. Once you get to the Top of the Rock you can use the $10 entrance fee (credit) and apply it to the adult entrance fee of $12 + tax. We were both amazed at both the size of the museum and the number of quality exhibit housed therein. The museum has a time-line which begins in the pre-historic era up to and including Roy Rogers and Dale Evens. For more information on the site, check out their web site at http://www.topoftherock.com/attractions/natural-history-museum-en.html.  Don’t just go to the Top of the Rock and sit on the patio overlooking Table Rock Lake with your favorite beverage, go to the museum, you won’t regret it. The below 30 photos will give you a snap shot of a small portion of the contents in the museum; these are works of art of other artists, consequently I will not share the images beyond this post. Thanks for taking the time to view this post.

 


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) artifacts early america history museum https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/6/top-of-the-rock-museum-92018 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:53:17 GMT
House on the Rock https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/5/house-on-the-rock A few years ago Annie and I visited Spring Green, WI. This is the home of Frank Lloyd Wright’s summer home and architectural school known as Taliesin East. It is also the home of the House on the Rock; ‘a complex of architecturally distinct rooms, streets, gardens and shops designed by Alex Jordan Jr.’ This Blog and photo display is focused on the House on the Rock. If you have not visited this attraction and are going to be in the area, you may want to consider advanced reservations and plan for an entire day as there is much to see. They also have lodging available. The House on the Rock is reported to draw more visitors per year than any other spot in Wisconsin. This is not just a house; it’s a museum of both original items and replicas. There is almost anything you can think of in this house including a huge, working, merry-go-round. Check it out!

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Crossing the Divide Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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(Dave Parker Photography) attraction collector house on the rock museum spring green wisconsin https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/5/house-on-the-rock Thu, 03 May 2018 20:42:07 GMT
McKee Botanical Gardens https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/2/mckee-botanical-gardens A recent visit to the McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach, FL was a real surprise; the theme of the gardens is focused on the jungle with streams, ponds and trails. The gardens were in great shape and there was an amazing exhibition which displayed 24 sculptures of various types of wildlife. This exhibition was created by the Ark Collective in Nairobi, Kenya and the sculptures were handcrafted specifically for McKee. The materials used in creating the sculptures were from reclaimed materials discarded from the car industry and other sources.

If you are in the Vero Beach. FL area and have the time and inclination, this garden is worth a visit. The below photos are all from the McKee Gardens . . . .


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(Dave Parker Photography) animal exhibit botanical gardens fl florida flowers gardens https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2018/2/mckee-botanical-gardens Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:29:56 GMT
Nevada Ghost Towns https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/12/nevada-ghost-towns On our recent trip to Nevada, Utah and California, we managed to visit two (2) Ghost Towns in Nevada. The town of Nelson, NV is about an hour South of Las Vegas and Rhyolite, NV is on the California - Nevada border just outside of Death Valley National Park. The Ghost Town of Rhyolite was founded in 1904 and it only lasted twelve (12) years. It was one of several boom-towns from the late Gold Rush era. There were hotels, stores and a school for 250 children, but no more; just a few skelton structures and a glass bottle house.

Nelson, NV was previously known as Eldorado by the Spaniards who made the first discoveries of gold in the area.

If you are in Las Vegas and tired of gambling, noise and the traffic, you might want to consider driving South to the Ghost Town of Nelson.


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(Dave Parker Photography) https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/12/nevada-ghost-towns Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:57:46 GMT
Death Valley National Park https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/12/death-valley-national-park We recently returned from a trip that covered parts of Nevada, Utah and California. Today’s Blog contains images from Death Valley National Park in California. This was our first trip to this park and it was not what I was expecting. However, after getting there at dawn and leaving in the late afternoon we did not get to see much of the park; it is the largest National Park in the lower 48. We arrived at Zabriskie Point at sunrise and what a sight it was! An orange sky over the multi-colored hills. Photographers were out in force. The only sand dunes we saw in the short time we were there was the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. They were impressive but not as much as the Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. There is a 9-mile, one-way drive known as Artists Palette Drive. If you are in the area, this drive is certainly worth your time. Colorful hillsides abound on this drive along with short hikes if you chose. If we return to Death Valley National Park, we will find a hotel closer that Las Vegas to spend a couple nights as there is so much to see and getting up at 4 am to go to the park was not what I really wanted to do while on vacation (but it was worth it). Enjoy the images and check back for additional images in my Blog as I have time to work on the photos.

 


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) artists palette drive death valley national park zabriskie point https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/12/death-valley-national-park Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:37:40 GMT
Chihuly @ Crystal Bridges https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/8/chihuly-crystal-bridges Well we are here again, photographing the magnificent art of Dale Chihuly. Previously, we photographed some of Chihuly's work in his hometown of Tacoma, WA . . . if you haven't seen those images, they can be seen here. The photos contained in this collection were on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. The gallery portion of the show ends in one (1) day and if you have the slightest interest in Chihuly's work and haven't had the opportunity to view the collection, you've really missed some great works of art. The below images are some of the photos captured both in the Gallery and the Forest, both day and night. As these images are copyrighted works of art by Chihuly, none of the images are available for purchase. Just enjoy the images!


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(Dave Parker Photography) artistic chihuly colorful crystal bridges glass museum https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/8/chihuly-crystal-bridges Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:18:08 GMT
Vancouver, BC https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/8/vancouver-bc Been busy the last 2 months, consequently, no photos have been loaded into my Blog recently. In trying to catch-up, I'm  going to cover part of our Pacific NW adventure, that being Vancouver, BC. We stayed in a private home that we found on AIRBND and had a great couple days in the city. We would love to go back and spend more time and when that happens we will study the public transportation system as parking a car can get quite expensive. Enjoy the photos . . . . 


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(Dave Parker Photography) bc canada stanley park vancouver vancouver art gallery https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/8/vancouver-bc Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:07:35 GMT
Dale Chihuly & the Museum of Glass https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/5/dale-chihuly-the-museum-of-glass A recent trip to the Pacific NW found us spending a day in Tacoma, WA . . . an old stomping ground from an earlier life experience. The city looked nothing like it did 45 years ago and we began our exploration of the city just North of the University of Washington at the old Union Station which is now is the home of the US Courthouse - Western District of Washington. The Courthouse was exhibiting some of Dale Chihuly's art and adjacent to the Courthouse is the Bridge of Glass which goes over I-705. A local web page noted, For glass art fans and Dale Chihuly fans in particular, the bridge might just be a highlight for all of Western Washington. No ordinary bridge, the Bridge of Glass is a footbridge that connects downtown Tacoma to the Thea Foss Waterway. All across the bridge are works of art by glass artist Dale Chihuly. It's most known for its two towering blue spires, but there's far more to see than the towers. The bridge functions essentially as an open-air art museum . . .  and a free one, at that. Once across the bridge you find yourself at the Museum of Glass which is also fascinating. Some of the images captured at the above locations are found in the slideshow, below . . . 

 

Please be aware that the Dale Chihuly art and other art displayed is copyrighted and cannot be sold. Therefore, neither copies of the images or downloads can be obtained. Please just enjoy the beautiful art of the artist.


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) :Dale Chihuly" Courthouse Tacoma, WA Union Station artistic https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/5/dale-chihuly-the-museum-of-glass Wed, 31 May 2017 22:33:22 GMT
Fort Pickens https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/2/fort-pickens The wife and I recently returned from a 2 week trip to Florida. En-route home, we stopped in Pensacola, FL for 3 days. I will be sharing photos from earlier in the trip but in this Blog posting I want to share images we captured at Fort Pickens, FL which is situated on the barrier island of Santa Rosa just miles South of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola where we put our heads down for 3 nights. 

A little history . . .  Fort Pickens was named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens; the fort was completed in 1834 and remained in use until 1947. It was constructed as a result of vulnerabilities along America's shores which were exploited by the British forces during the War of 1812. The fort was designed for over 200 cannons, built with over 21.5 million bricks and could withstand possible attack on all 5 faces. For approximately 2 years, Geronimo, noted leader of the Apaches, and 15 other Apache men and their families were imprisioned at Fort Pickens. This fort was one of 4 forts in the South to remain in Union control throughout the war. For you history buffs, there is truly a great deal to learn here and it's a great place to visit. For additional information on the history of Fort Pickens go here.

Hope you enjoy the pictures . . .


"Fife and Drum" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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(Dave Parker Photography) Andrew Pickens Cannon Civil War Coastal Defense FL Fort Pickens Geronimo Gulf Island National Seashore History National Parks Service Pensacola https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2017/2/fort-pickens Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:55:58 GMT
Taliesin West https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/12/taliesin-west I’ve been off the grid for a number of weeks and now I’m going to attempt to get back to posting some of our travel photos. Before I do, however, I want to add that I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and now we are all looking forward to a New Year!

The wife and I traveled to the Phoenix area in October and as you might expect, we took over a 1,200 photos. In this first Phoenix Area Blog, I am posting some of my favorite images from the grounds, house and sculptures of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West located in Scottsdale, AZ. If you are interested at all in Frank Lloyd Wright and/or architecture, I would encourage you to go on line and purchase, in advance, a ticket to tour this property. We took the more expensive, 3 hour tour as opposed to the standard tour. Consequently we saw much of the property that is not included in the basic tour. It was great to say the least. All pictures in the slide show are from the property and pretty much restored to it original 1937 design with a few exceptions. The property was Wright’s winter home and (architectural) school beginning in 1937 until his death in 1959. The school is still in operation. The older white haired gentleman in one of the photos in the family room was an architectural student of Wright’s and he is now an instructor who lives on the property. He gave us a very insightful talk about Wright and the property.  Enjoy . . . 


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(Dave Parker Photography) AZ Frank Lloyd Wright Scottsdale Taliesin West historic sculptures https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/12/taliesin-west Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:06:22 GMT
Leavenworth National Cemetery https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/11/leavenworth-national-cemetery On November 4th, I spent the day in Leavenworth, KS; at the Leavenworth National Cemetery, the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center and the Army post @ Fort Leavenworth, KS. Every time I go to the VA Med Center in Leavenworth I stop at the National Cemetery. I got there before sunrise and captured a number of photos from the grounds. As Veterans' Day is fast approaching (always on 11-Nov) - this coming Friday - I thought I would put together a short slide show depicting the beautiful grounds. I purchased a music trailer from the Medal of Honor Music to accompany the short slide show to pay tribute and honor all those who have served this country, especially those who paid the ultimate price. If you agree this recognition is worthy, please consider 'sharing' on your favorite social media site(s).

 

1  I'm Jon Wright, as an author of 'Medal Of Honor Trailer' www.melodyloops.com/tracks/medal-of-honor-trailer/, grants Melody Loops and it's licensees, including Dave Parker Photography, permission to use this Music.



 

 

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(Dave Parker Photography) KS Leavenworth National Cemetery Veterans' Day fall graves tribute https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/11/leavenworth-national-cemetery Sun, 06 Nov 2016 03:24:48 GMT
'Faces' of the Voices of the Wind People https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/9/voices-of-the-wind-people This past weekend my wife and I traveled to the KS Flint Hills, specifically, Council Grove, KS. The main purpose of the trip was to attend the biennial Voices of the Wind People pageant. This outdoor historical drama of the Kaw Indians, the Santa Fe Trail and Council Grove was performed after dark in the Old Riverbed Amphitheater in Council Grove, KS. We spent 2 nights in the Cottage House B&B. The below photos are basically ‘close-up’ photos of many of the pageant participants both before the show began and during the show. No flash was permitted; the lighting came solely  from the ‘stage lights.

All photos were taken as color, however, I converted many of them to B&W. I would appreciate any comments you have as to your thoughts on the B&W conversion.

For more images in the Flint Hills, check back in a couple days and I will update my blog.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Flint Hills KS Voices of the Wind People https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/9/voices-of-the-wind-people Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:23:03 GMT
Day 9 & 10 - Fairplay to Antonito, CO https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/day-9-10---fairplay-to-antonito-co Day 9 & 10 of our vacation was a drive from Fairplay, CO to Antonito, CO with a stop at The Great Sand Dunes National Park. Having never been to this National Park, I didn’t know what to expect. From a distance the brown sand dunes did not look that impressive but as we got closer my opinion changed. The Great Sand Dunes National Park sprawl across part of southern Colorado's San Luis Valley but as you drive up to them they are dwarfed by the 13,000-foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s not until you get up close that you realize the dunes are enormous; some as tall as 750 feet. The Parks Services encourage visitors to walk on the dunes. There is no park road around the sight, only to a visitors’ center and a parking area somewhat close to the base of some of the dunes. The dunes are the tallest in North America, covering more than 30 square miles. Adults hike across them and marvel at their beauty; children run and slide down their steep slopes, enjoying a playground of fairy-tale proportions.

After leaving the park we headed to Antonito, CO which is one of the destination locations for the Cumbres & Toltec RR. We’ve been on the train once before and it was magnificent as it was the last run of the year and all the aspens were in their dress of fall color. We spent 2 nights in Antonito solely to facilitate the train ride as it takes all day to go from Antonito to Chama, NM with a lunch stop in between, then bused back to Antonito. This time I invested a few more dollars and secured seats in the parlor car (it was the last car on the 7 car train – not including the coal car). The additional expense was totally worth it; snacks and drink along with collectables as part of the price. Additionally, I could stand outside the rear of the car on a platform and take pictures as the train went around curves and pictures of the curved tracks we had just gone over.

The below slide show includes some of this images captured during this portion of our trip. This will be the last entry for the RMNP vacation as I’ve already posted (on Facebook) some of the images from our stay in Taos, NM and I don’t want to duplicate images.  Enjoy!

Music in the Slideshow

Crossing the Divide Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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(Dave Parker Photography) Antonito CO Colorado Cumbres & Toltec NM Park RR Railroad Sand Dunes https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/day-9-10---fairplay-to-antonito-co Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:29:06 GMT
Day 8 - South Park City in Fairplay, CO https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/day-8---south-park-city-in-fairplay-co Day 8 & 9 of our vacation has us leaving the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and driving on back roads to Fairplay, CO. The previous post in my Blog shows images captured from that portion of the road trip. Once in Fairplay, we checked into our hotel, The Fairplay-Valiton Hotel. When we asked what sights were in the area that first time visitors might want to see we were directed to South Park City which is located in Fairplay.  South Park City, as described in Wikipedia, “is an open-air museum located at the west end of Front Street in the town of Fairplay in Park County, CO. The museum is a historic reconstruction of a mining town from the days of the Colorado Gold Rush and the later Colorado Silver Boom (late 1850s through the 1880s).

“The museum contains thirty-five authentic relocated buildings filled with over 60,000 artifacts that depict many of the economic and social aspects of life in a gold or silver mining town in Colorado in the late 19th century. Two of the buildings, the South Park Brewery and the Summer Saloon, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places."

“A log structure known as ‘Father Dyer’s Chapel’ was a hotel in Montgomery, Colorado but was dismantled, moved to Fairplay, and rebuilt as a church in 1868. It is named for John Lewis Dyer, the itinerant Methodist Clergman who preached in the area from 1861 to 1877 and is one of the sixteen founders of Colorado memorialized in the Colorado State Capitol in Denver."

In upcoming days I will post about our visit to the Great National Sand Dunes Park and then our stay in Antonito, CO for the purpose of riding the highest and longest narrow gauge, steam powered railroad in the United States; the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad which runs 64 miles from Antonito, CO to Chama, NM.

Enjoy the below slide show, and again, if you find this interesting please consider ‘Liking’ and ‘sharing’ on your choice of social media sights.  Thanks!


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(Dave Parker Photography) 1880's Fairplay South Park City mining town https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/day-8---south-park-city-in-fairplay-co Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:09:21 GMT
RMNP to Fairplay, CO https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/rmnp-to-fairplay-co Today's Blog will cover our vacation trip from the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to Fairplay, CO.  This is basically scenery photos taken along the back roads as we attempted to stay off the Interstate. We left out of The Town of Estes Park on Route 7 early on a Saturday morning; there was little traffic and only a few construction sights. South of Boulder on the West side of the road we passed a famous Catholic Church - Saint Malo Church;  better known as the Church on the Rock. We then moved on to famous mining communities, Black Hawk and Central City, CO now taken over by the gambling industry. Some of the other pictures you will see are early morning photos in the Historic Town of Georgetown, CO followed by images from Guanella Pass (Elevation 11,669’) which is just South of Georgetown. The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway is 22 miles long and traverses the Arapaho National Forest in scenic switchbacks and open pastures through the mountains. If you enjoy the photos, please consider ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ this Blog on your favorite social media sight(s).

In the upcoming days I will post a number of pictures from our stay in Fairplay, CO; most of these images will be of those taken in the attraction known as South Park City; a town that’s become synonymous with a bunch of crude and politically incorrect cartoon characters named Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Kenny. South Park City is a historic re-creation of an 1880 mining town that Is about an hour and 40 minutes southwest of Denver, CO,  Check back for more photos in the upcoming days at dfp-photos.com/blog.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Black Hawk Central City Church on the Rock Creek Georgetown Guanella Pass Mountains Scenic Trike church https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/rmnp-to-fairplay-co Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:46:32 GMT
Day 2 - 8 - RMNP Vacation https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/day-2---8---rmnp-vacation As I mentioned in my last Blog posting, I am now sharing some of the images captured while visiting Estes Park, the Rocky Mountain National Park and the YMCA Camp of the Rockies where we stayed. The images do include a few pictures of my Granddaughter; she was too cute not to include. The last images in the attached slide show are that of a professional and certified bird bander. He catches all kinds of birds and places a tag on their leg. The presentation that we attended at the YMCA of the Rockies was very informative and interesting. The birds you see in his hands are not harmed and he catches many that he has already banded.
My next Blog will feature images captured as we head South from the Rocky Mountain National Park. I think you may enjoy the images captured from this leg of our journey as we pass thru Fairplay, CO which hosts the ‘South Park City exhibit and then on to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Be sure to check back in a day or two for those images. If you enjoy what you see, please like and share this on your social media site.  Thanks!


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(Dave Parker Photography) Bird Banding CO Elk Estes Park Moose RMNP Rockie Mountain National Park Scenic Sunrise Sunset YMCA of the Rockies https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/day-2---8---rmnp-vacation Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:13:18 GMT
Day 1 - Vacation to RMNP https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/day-1---vacation-to-rmnp The wife and I recently returned from a 2 week trip to the West . . . . As you may have seen in some recent Facebook posts, we drove from KC to the YMCA Camp of the Rockies just outside of the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).

En-route, we stopped in Victoria, KS and viewed The Basilica of St. Fidelis aka Cathedral of the Plains; this is one of the eight wonders of Kansas.  St. Fidelis Church was placed in the National Register of Historic Places as a building of "architectural significance."

We then traveled on to Boulder, CO and spent a few hours at the outdoor Pearl Street Mall . . . very impressive; I’ve never been there before. We met my son, his wife and their 2 year old daughter there as we were spending the week at the YMCA of the Rockies at their invitation. Pearl Street Mall was quite impressive; it was adorned with bronze statues, flowers, a water park for kids in which to play, minstrels, artists and the requisite eclectic shops with many shoppers/visitors on a beautiful day.

On this 1st blog of this vacation I am showing images captured at both the Cathedral of the Plains and the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder.

I will continue the Blog with pictures taken in The Town of Estes Park, CO and the RMNP as well as other locations after departing the YMCA of the Rockies in future days so please come back to my web page (www.dfp-photos.com) and click on the Blog link for updates.  Enjoy.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Boulder, CO Cathedral of the Plains Pearl Street Mall The Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria, KS https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/8/day-1---vacation-to-rmnp Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:25:50 GMT
Kiss Performers Pay Tribute to Veterans https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/7/kiss-performers-pay-tribute-to-veterans Kiss performers, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are in Kansas City for a performance tonight, however, yesterday afternoon they spent several hours at the Rock & Brew Restaurant @ Prairie Fire to honor more than 50 veterans who were in attendance.  I had the opportunity to be there and take a few photographs of not only Paul and Gene, but the crowd and the restaurant décor. Rock & Brew is decorated in a style complimentary to its founding fathers, two of which are Gene and Paul.

Gene and Paul also partnered with Cars for Heroes’ and that organization was also present to give away a car to a Veteran (Natasha) in need.  Needless to say, I was extremely impressed by the generosity of the Kiss performers and their sincere attitude to the Veteran community. It was great to see them interact with the Vet’s and those in attendance!

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(Dave Parker Photography) Cars 4 Heros Gene Simmons Kiss Paul Stanley Rock & Brew Veteran https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/7/kiss-performers-pay-tribute-to-veterans Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:09:35 GMT
Future Stages Festival https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/6/future-stages-festival Last Sunday my wife and I attended some of the Future Stages Festival Performances held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. We were there because my 10 year old Granddaughter was dancing with the Jody Phillips Dance Company. We got there early to select our seats so I could photograph some of the performances. The below slide show contains a few photos from:  

Lyric Opera of Kansas City - Kids in Opera;

Kansas City Ballet;

Ailey Camp - the Group; and the

Jody Phillips Dance Company.

By the way, the young red-headed boy in the Jody Phillips Dance Company, with a different expression on his face all the time, appeared on the Ellen Show in September 2015, dancing to Taylor Swifts 'Shake It Off'. You can see that performance here. Our Granddaughter is one of the primary dancers with whom he dances . . . .


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(Dave Parker Photography) Dancing Entertainment Kids https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/6/future-stages-festival Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:04:26 GMT
Crystal Bridges [May 2016] https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/6/crystal-bridges-may-2016 After leaving Branson, MO we moved on to Bentonville, AR to visit both the Indian Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. We've been to both of these locations previously but there is always something new to see. I've included a few new images captured while visiting Crystal Bridges and they can be seen in the below slideshow. If you are interested in seeing additional images of Crystal Bridges captured previously, they can be found co-mingled in my Architecture | Structures Portfolio found here.  If you are planning to go to Crystal Bridges and want to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright home that has been moved to the property, you will need to buy a ticket at least 4 days prior to visiting. We attempted to buy tickets but there was no availability . . .  check their web site @ http://crystalbridges.org/


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(Dave Parker Photography) AR Bentonville Crystal Bridges Museum https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/6/crystal-bridges-may-2016 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 23:30:00 GMT
Top of the Rock https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/6/top-of-the-rock We recently got back from a 4-day trip to Branson, MO and Bentonville, AR. I have divided a few photos into 2 Blog posts, the first one being this one titled "Top of the Rock". While in Branson we stayed at the Welk Resort which was very interesting itself but what really impressed us Top of the Rock - an Ozarks Heritage Preserve. This place is for the rich and famous so we pretended to be rich and met some friends there for dinner; I couldn't convince anyone that we were famous but they took our money never-the-less. I, of course, had my camera; this place was definitely a destination worth visiting. It's actually a little South of Branson in Ridgedale, MO [adjacent to the Big Cedar Lodge - another 'must see' property] and overlooks Table Rock Lake.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Branson Golf MO Scenic Table Rock Lake Top of the Rock https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/6/top-of-the-rock Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:19:01 GMT
Field-trip to the KC Zoo [May 2016] https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/5/field-trip-to-the-kc-zoo-may-2016 This past weekend my wife and I were babysitting our youngest granddaughter and we decided to take a trip to the zoo. The below slideshow contains 15 of the images captured while there . . . 


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(Dave Parker Photography) Animals KC Zoo Kansas City Zoo https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/5/field-trip-to-the-kc-zoo-may-2016 Tue, 24 May 2016 21:28:23 GMT
A Friday Photo Shoot https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/5/a-friday-photo-shoot Annie and I went out yesterday (Friday) morning and visited several sights in and around the Kansas City area. We first stopped at Unity Village where the sky was almost cloud free, the roses were in bloom, the fountains were on and the wind was blowing. Annie got out of the car and looked at me; I saw her reflection on the roof of the car and her hair blowing in the wind. She reluctantly stood there while I took her picture . . . she almost always takes a good picture but her hair blowing in the wind and the reflection just added something to the picture. The first 11 images were all captured at Unity Village. We then went to downtown KC where the balance of the displayed images were captured.


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(Dave Parker Photography) https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/5/a-friday-photo-shoot Sat, 14 May 2016 17:10:16 GMT
2017 Flights of Fancy @ Longview Community College https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/4/2017-flights-of-fancy-longview-community-college What a beautiful Saturday; not too hot and not too cold! The wife and I went out to Longview Community College where the College was sponsoring their annual Flights of Fancy event. This event features colorful mega kite displays by the Great American Kites & Events and members of the KC Kite Club on the Longview campus. It's purported to be the only event of it's kind in the region. Enjoy a few of the photos I took at the event . . . .


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(Dave Parker Photography) Mega Kites https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/4/2017-flights-of-fancy-longview-community-college Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:46:10 GMT
Night Photography https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/3/night-photography After a light snowfall in Kansas City yesterday (Easter) the temperature finally got up to about 54° and it was sunny. The evening was beautiful so Annie and I took to the streets of KC for some night photography. The city was quiet as it was Easter Night. The below images are a few of the images captured . . . 


_16_2848-50_16_2848-50Liberty Memorial @ Night _16_2837_16_2837Holy Rosary Catholic Church - 525 Campbell St, Kansas City, MO 64106 _16_2842-44_16_2842-44The Quaff Bar on Easter Night _16_2845-47_16_2845-47The Majestic Steak House - Night

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(Dave Parker Photography) Holy Rosary Catholic Church Liberty Memorial Mall Majestic Steak House Quaff https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/3/night-photography Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:17:09 GMT
Prairie Burn https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/3/prairie-burn Last Saturday turned out to be the coldest day of the week and my wife and I were scheduled to participate in a Photo Workshop hosted by Craig McCord and Jason Soden. The workshop was included both a day and night prairie burn in the KS Flint Hills. We dressed in layers and had enough clothes on that made it difficult to move with ease. We left home about 09:30 am and arrived in Wamego, KS about 2 hours later and had lunch in this old Western town. Then we met Craig and Jason and about 18 other participants at a pre-designated location and then headed off to a 1,000 acre family cattle ranch about 25 miles NE of Manhattan, KS. When we arrived the winds were too strong to do the afternoon burn so we sat around the fire for a couple hours trying to stay warm. We subsequently had a Cowboy style pulled-pork dinner cooked over hot embers and finally about 6:00 pm, a late afternoon burn was initiated before sunset; the burn continued into the 9:00 pm hour. During this time it never rained but it did hail . . .  boy was it cold. My camera batteries lasted fine, though.

We drove home after the shoot and got there about 01:15 am on Sunday. The below slide show depicts some of my 1st attempts at photographing a prairie burn . . .


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(Dave Parker Photography) Fire Flint Hills KS Night Prairie Burn https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/3/prairie-burn Sun, 20 Mar 2016 22:04:13 GMT
Unity Village https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/2/unity-village Wow! Friday February 19th and we tied a record high of 74 degrees with sun and light clouds! I’ve lived in Kansas City most of my adult life and I have never visited Unity Village until this Spring-like Friday in Mid-February. I have to admit that I’ll be going back in a couple months for both day and night photos. This place is truly a treasure and I can’t believe I’ve not been on the property previously.

“In 1919 Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, founders of the Unity spiritual movement, bought 58 acres of land about 15 miles east of downtown Kansas City, MO. In the 1920’s Rickert Fillmore, son of the founders, designed Unity Village’s English Cotswold and Italian architecture. In 1953 the farm became the incorporated township Unity Village. Today, it’s the world headquarters of the Unity movement, which promotes a positive path for spiritual living through prayer, publishing and education.”


When the rose gardens are in bloom and the fountains are turned on, I will post more images of the property.


Please enjoy the slideshow of images and for more about Unity Village visit www.unityvillage.org.


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(Dave Parker Photography) https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2016/2/unity-village Sun, 21 Feb 2016 01:10:01 GMT
Celebrating an Annivesary and the End of an Era https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/12/celebrating-an-annivesary-and-the-end-of-an-era My wife and I just celebrated our 21st Wedding Anniversary by having dinner at the famous ebt Restaurant in Kansas City, MO. We had a great meal and shared memories in the lounge listening to Candace Evans, Pianist/Vocalist who was accompanied by a very accomplished cellist. The General Manager, Ed Holland gave me permission to take pictures in the restaurant so I did just that. You see, the fabulous ebt Restaurant, a landmark in Kansas City is closing it’s doors at the close of business on December 31, 2015. The restaurant was first established in 1997. By the way, Manager Ed Holland is the person pictured making Bananas Foster and Caesar Salads at the dinners’ table . . .

 


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(Dave Parker Photography) ebt https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/12/celebrating-an-annivesary-and-the-end-of-an-era Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:39:31 GMT
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/12/squaw-creek-national-wildlife-refuge Took a trip to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in NW Missouri Today (Wed - Dec 9th). I was on the road at 05:30 am and arrived at 07:00 am, just as the sun was rising. I haven't been up there for 2 years and this year I saw more wildlife than ever. The counts or estimates for the birds as of 12/07/2015 total more than 270,000 geese, 85,000+ Ducks and 85 Eagles. I think I saw more geese than the estimate but I certainly don't know how to count them. I saw about a dozen bald eagles and a number of hawks. Take a look at the slide show, below, for some of the images I was able to capture. The 1st image of the sunrise is straight out of the camera . . . no saturation or hue added!

 


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(Dave Parker Photography) Ducks Eagles Geese Hawks MO Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/12/squaw-creek-national-wildlife-refuge Thu, 10 Dec 2015 01:38:14 GMT
2015 World Series Parade in Kansas City . . . . Celebrating a Royals Success! https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/11/2015-world-series-parade-in-kansas-city-way-to-go-royals No, I have not passed on to the Great Beyond . . . I've just been very busy since we've returned from the Yellowstone - Grand Tetons Vacation. Currently I'm taking 2 photography courses at a local College and those demands along with other issues have not lent me sufficient time to do much posting in my Blog or posting images in various portfolios on this web site. I spent the day yesterday (Tuesday-Nov 3, 2015) in the middle of approximately 750,000 people who attended the World Series Parade/Rally to celebrate the KC Royals wining the World Series. I got lucky and found myself in one of the more ideal places to watch and photograph the activities. I will post a few of the images from this event here in the Blog, however, if you are interested in seeing additional images of the parade just click this hyperlink and it will take you to my Portfolio Titled 'Events'. You will have to go to page 9 of the Events Portfolio and look for Photo 160 (Holding mouse over photo shows the image sequence number.

While at my secret location I was introduced to both Bobby Bell and Trent Green . . . both former KC Chief's players. Bell was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1978 and played as a Linebacker for the KC Chiefs from 1963 thru 1972; Green was the Chief's Quarterback from 2001 thru 2006. A couple pictures of them are included in the Blog. What a Great Day for me!


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(Dave Parker Photography) 2015 World Series Parade Kansas City Royals Parade Rally https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/11/2015-world-series-parade-in-kansas-city-way-to-go-royals Wed, 04 Nov 2015 23:27:32 GMT
Backyard Nature https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/7/backyard-nature Hope everyone had a spectacular 4th of July weekend . . . we did. Now that we are back from our Yellowstone/Grand Tetons trip, I had to find something to photograph around the house. It wasn't too difficult. The yard has been filled with flowers, Cicadas and birds. About 3 years ago we put up an Audubon Blue Bird house in the back yard after spotting a Eastern Blue Bird coming thru in the spring. For the next 2 years the Blue Birds explored the bird house but never stayed. This year, however, we have a family that stayed and is now working on their 2nd brood for the summer. We were on the Yellowstone trip when the 1st brood hatched and the photos of the young Blue Birds were all from the 1st brood. We are now awaiting the hatching of the eggs . . .

The Blue Bird house is about 60' from our sunroom and we have an excellent vantage point to view the activities of the family . . . 


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) Cicada Day Lilies Eastern Blue Birds https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/7/backyard-nature Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:24:29 GMT
Vacation to Yellowstone & The Grand Tetons - Days 12-14 The Grand Tetons https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-12-14-the-grand-tetons The visit to the Grand Tetons was outstanding. We rented a Condo in Driggs, ID thru Home Away for 3 nights. A childhood friend of mine and his wife who now lives in Boise, ID joined us for the 3 nights. We had a great time sightseeing and hiking the Grand Tetons as well as just visiting. We couldn't have asked for better weather; little to no mosquitoes, minimal rain and warm temperatures. The Laurance S. Rockerfeller Preserve, 4 miles South of Moose on the Moose-Wilson Rd. was a sight to see. In addition to hiking trails there was a very modern structure that housed a number of exhibits relating to nature. The slide show, below, has a photograph of a mountain scene which looks a little out of focus. This actually was an exhibit in the Rockefeller Preserve Bldg which was almost floor to ceiling tall. The following photo in the slide show shows this image was made up of numerous images of nature; wildlife, scenery, etc. 

Jenny Lake was a very nice place with hiking trails that went all the way around the Lake and waterfalls on the West side of the lake. This is were we observed the 2nd beaver on the trip; He was sitting on a rock overlooking his home. The unusual house at the end of the slide show was in Driggs. The house looked like it was falling down when we first drove past it. Later, under closer observation, it was apparent that it was a design that I have never seen before.

The morning we left Driggs, ID to head home, I went out to pack some items in the car at about 05:45 am. In the parking lot I saw my 1st Moose of the trip. She (I presume it was a she) promptly trotted off into the woods. 

I hope you enjoyed the Blog/photos of our 15-day vacation to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. This Blog concludes the last images from the trip.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Grand Tetons Jackson Lake Jenny Lake Laurance S. Rockerfeller Preserve Marina Mountains Scenic Snake River Water Water Falls https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-12-14-the-grand-tetons Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:01:06 GMT
Vacation to Yellowstone & The Grand Tetons - Day 11 Lake Yellowstone Hotel https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---day-11-lake-yellowstone-hotel Our final night in Yellowstone was spent at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. The images in the below slide show were taken between our departure from Mammoth Hotel until we left the park headed to the Grand Tetons the following day. We saw a black bear with 3 cubs but since bears were included in yesterday’s Blog, no bears today. As we were cresting Mount Washburn (Elev 10,243') about 06:50 am, a fox with his/her breakfast was running parallel to the car; I had my camera in my lap and was able to capture the fox's image without driving off the road! Annie & I hiked down a path about a mile to the 'Brink of the Lower Falls'. What a view!! I thought we went back up the same way we came down but I swear it was 3 miles back up and the escalator was not working. There is not a square inch of Yellowstone that is below 5,282' and we were considerably higher than that; it was quite a hike returning to our car.  Annie found an occupied Osprey Nest that was somewhat down into the canyon at Grand View on the North Rim Drive (of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone river). A tour guide in the area told us the bird was sitting on 3 eggs. She stated she watched (with her spotting scope) the previous day as the parent turned the 3 eggs over. We then went to the Brink of the Upper Falls. The Yellowstone Lake Hotel was the nicest of the three park hotels that we stayed in. Restaurant menus were all pretty much the same at all the hotels as they are run by Xanterra. We left the following morning about 06:00 am and once again it was foggy which presented the opportunity for some great landscape photos and an image of a beaver out for his/her morning swim. We also captures some foggy pictures in West Geyser Basin. We did not see Bigfoot!

Stay tuned for more . . . Tomorrow I will cover our 3 days in the Grand Tetons where we had an absolutely fabulous time . . . . 


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(Dave Parker Photography) Beaver Brink of the Lower Falls Brink of the Upper Falls Elk Fox Geese Lake Yellowstone Scenic Water Falls Water Foul West Thumb Geyser Basin Wildlife https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---day-11-lake-yellowstone-hotel Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:30:00 GMT
Vacation to Yellowstone & The Grand Tetons - Days 9 & 10 Mammoth Hotel https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-9-10-mammoth-hotel Our 3rd and 4th nights in Yellowstone were spend in the Northern region of the park - Mammoth Hotel. This part of the journey took us East through Lamar Valley where we saw our first black bears with cubs. We were on the road at sunrise . . . about 05:45 am (as we were every morning). Early morning fog and low lying clouds painted pictures that were a joy to photograph. We exited the park briefly through the NE entrance and had a wonderful breakfast at the Log Cabin Cafe in Silver City, MT; $8 bought a full breakfast with a slice (1.5” thick) of Montana Ham. Couldn’t ask for a better breakfast. On the way back to Mammoth thru the Lamar Valley we stopped along side the road where a number of people with spotting scopes were looking into the fields about a 1/3 of a mile away. We found out there was a den containing 8 young Coyotes out playing; too far away for my big lens but we could see them with the binoculars. However, one of the people there noticed my ‘Canon’ camera. He had a spotting scope with an attachment for a Canon Camera and connected my camera to it. We got several photos but the distance was still too great to provide sharp images. These images are not included in the below slide show. We did get one photo of a coyote with my big lens which is included in the slide show. At the Calcite Springs Overlook we were able to spot Big Horn Sheep along with their newborn. They were across the canyon and quite a distance from my viewing position. While at Mammoth we also went out the North Entrance into the town of Gardiner. This entrance is were the Roosevelt Arch was constructed in 1903; Teddy Roosevelt symbolically place the cornerstone of the arch which then took his name. The top of the arch is inscribed with a quote from the ‘Organic Act of 1872', the legislation which created Yellowstone, which reads, ‘For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People’. The roadway going through the arch is now under renovation. Another exciting event witnessed (about 150’ away from our bedroom window) by my wife, Annie, during the first evening at the Mammoth Hotel, was the birth of an Elk calf. The grounds around the Mammoth Hotel were filled with Elk. Unfortunately I did not get any photos of this event as I didn’t have my camera with me; it was in the car.   :-[   

Tomorrow I will continue the Blog with dialogue and photos from our trip from Mammoth Hotel to Lake Yellowstone Hotel where we spent our last night in Yellowstone before heading off to the Grand Tetons National Park.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Bear Cubs Black Bear Coyote Foggy Mammoth Hotel https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-9-10-mammoth-hotel Mon, 22 Jun 2015 03:00:59 GMT
Vacation to Yellowstone & The Grand Tetons - Days 7 & 8 Old Faithful Inn https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-7-8-old-faithful-inn We’ve finally arrived at our destination, Yellowstone National Park. We were here for 5 nights and stayed in 3 different locations. Consequently, I will be dividing the dialogue/photos into 3 separate sequential events.

We arrived at the West entrance to Yellowstone and it was raining; a posted sign recommended snow tires and/or chains. A few miles into the park we began ascending in altitude and the weather got colder and the snow began coming down. The snow on the trees and in the air was beautiful and when we arrived at Eleanor Lake I had to stop and take a few photos. It was snowing pretty hard but the roadway was just wet; the pull-off’s, however, had about 2” of slush accumulated. Snow tires nor chains were not necessary. I don't know that I would have been comfortable on a motorcycle, however. We saw our 1st buffalo on the trip shortly after Eleanor Lake. Our destination was the Old Faithful Inn where we spent 2 nights. The photos in the below slide show are images captured our first 2 days in the park. The yellow 1937 White Touring Car pictured in the slide show was our transportation for a photo shoot the next morning. We had to be up at 05:30 am to meet the driver, Rod, a retired photographer from NYC, working the summer season in Yellowstone. Rod shuttled us around for about 6 hours where we got to capture so great images. 

Tomorrow I will share images from around Mammoth Hotel where we stayed for the 3rd and 4th nights in Yellowstone.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Buffalo Grand Prismatic Spring Snow Thermal Activity Yellowstone springs water https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-7-8-old-faithful-inn Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:05:48 GMT
Vacation to Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons - Days 5 & 6 Cody, WY https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-5-6-cody-wy On our trip to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Days 5 & 6 were spent in the Cody, WY area as was explained in yesterdays Blog. Yesterday focused on our accommodations and today I want to share some scenery and noteworthy attractions in the area. The first couple images in the slide show are images of the thunder clouds as we approached Cody on our initial drive into town. After our large breakfast at the K3 Guest Ranch B&B we went to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West which is a 5 museum complex . . . it encompasses a third of a million square feet of exhibition space. The 5 museums include; The Whitney Gallery of Western Art, The Cody Firearms Museum which holds the world’s largest assemblage of American Arms as well as European arms dating back to the 16th century, The Plains Indian Museum, The Buffalo Bill Museum and the Draper Museum of Natural History. They do have a cafeteria in the building as this is almost a day long adventure. It is recommended to leave at lest 4 hours to view all 5 Museums; we took about 6 hours. Most of the photos in the slide show are images from the Firearms Museum. It was difficult to get photos as the Center was crowded and in most cases, the lights were low.

We also toured the Buffalo Bill Dam, a marvel for it’s time. It’s 6 miles West of Cody on the road to Yellowstone. If you are going that way, you should consider a stop at the Dam Visitor Center and watch the video on the construction project. A couple interesting facts concerning the Dam . . 

  • Drilling to find bedrock for the foundation began in the Spring of 1904;
  • Seven men were killed during construction;
  • There is no Chinese steel in the dam. In fact, there is no American made steel or any steel reinforcements in the dam! It’s all concrete.
  • At the time of it’s completion in 1910 the dam was 325’ tall; the tallest dam in the world and the final cost was $929,658. Today, after a 1985 renovation, the dam was raised 25’.
  • The Heart Mountain power plant now operates at the base of the dam where a tunnel directs the discharge of water from the dam.

Tomorrow’s Blog will deal with our 5 nights in Yellowstone National Park . . .


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Vacation to Yellowstone & The Grand Tetons - Days 5 & 6 (K3 Guest Ranch B&B) Cody, WY https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-4-5-k3-ranch-b-b-cody-wy Days 5 & 6 on our vacation to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons lands us in Cody, WY; a city with a population of about 10,000 and named after Buffalo Bill Cody. There is a lot to see and do here and our lodging in the ‘K3 Guest Ranch B&B’ was truly awesome; this family owned Bed & Breakfast is a ‘Destination Place’ in itself. The design, construction and decoration is all the product of the owner (Jerry). The structure started out as a bunk house although you would never know that unless related to you by Jerry. Over the years there were 4-5 additions to the property adding bedrooms and inside dining area; you would never be able to tell the structure was built piecemeal over the years. It truly looks and feels as though it was built in it entirety from the ground up as one construction project. The decorations, both inside and outside the home are authentic, not cheap replicas. Many of the items came from Jerry’s family. It's almost like being in a museum. The B&B sits in a ‘bowl area’ about 3/4 mile off the hard-ball road and it was raining when we got there; a little muddy driving in and not totally sure we were going in the right direction, but never-the-less, got there with a mud covered vehicle. 

Our bedroom, the 'Rocky Mtn Room' is pictured in 3 photos in the below slide show. Every night, out of our bedroom windows as well as out of the living room windows, we watched as both deer and Pronghorn grazed and bedded down for the night. On nice mornings breakfast was outside on the patio. The original 1897 sheep herders wagon was converted to a bedroom probably more suited for the kids as the bathroom facilities were located just outside the wagon in a separate structure.

If you are going to Yellowstone, this is only about an hour outside of the East Gate. If headed this way, do yourself a favor and make a reservation to stay here; their web site can be found at http://www.k3guestranch.com/.

Tomorrows blog will cover some of the sights in and around the Cody area and the following day we will be getting into Yellowstone. Don’t forget to come back to the Blog daily for more exciting images . . .

And now for the K3 Guest Ranch B&B Photos . . . 


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(Dave Parker Photography) B&B Cody K3 Guest Ranch WY https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---days-4-5-k3-ranch-b-b-cody-wy Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:20:51 GMT
Vacation to Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons - Day 2 & 3 The 'Black Hills of South Dakota' https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---day-2---the-black-hills-of-south-dakota Day 2 & 3 on our trip to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons was doing some sight-seeing in the Black Hills and Rapid City, SD. We stayed 2 nights at Ellsworth Air Force Base just outside of Rapid City. We were dodging thunder storms most of the day but all-in-all we had a great time. The area in and around Mt Rushmore has changed significantly since I was last there many years ago while touring on a motorcycle. We also saw Crazy Horse for the first time along with many original Indian artifacts. One scenic tour that we took for the 1st time was through Custer State Park. One has to purchase a 7-Day Pass to get in (only $15) but our several hours driving through the park was well worth the investment. On Route 16A we went through a number of tunnels cut through the stone mountain. One photo in the below slideshow was taken at tunnel #3 on Rt 16A; if you pay attention, the tunnel frames Mt. Rushmore. Tomorrow I will post photos from our B&B in Cody, WY. I'll tell you more tomorrow, but this place was definately a destination place.


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(Dave Parker Photography) Custer State Park""Mt Rushmore""Crazy Horse"Sturgis https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons---day-2---the-black-hills-of-south-dakota Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:09:10 GMT
Vacation to Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons - Day 1 Omaha, NE https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons Just got back from a 15-day adventure to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons via Omaha, NE, Rapid City, SD (Black Hills) and Cody, WY before hitting the Oldest National Park (established 1872) in the Country. We were in Yellowstone National Park for 5 nights and then on to the Grand Tetons for 3 nights before starting our journey back to Kansas City. We put more than 3,500 miles on the car and took more than 3700 photos.

I will post about a dozen photos per day for the next 5-6 days in the order of our travel so drop back daily for the updates. When finished with the photos I will put the better ones in my Portfolio Collection titled National Parks; you will have to filter that collection with ‘Yellowstone’, otherwise you will get other National Park photos shot at an earlier time . . .

The first day’s photos come from Omaha, NE where we visited the Henry Doorly Zoo and Old Market. Tomorrow will be the Black Hills . . .


 

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(Dave Parker Photography) Doorly Henry Labor Market NE Old Omaha Statue Zoo https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/6/vacation-to-yellowstone-the-grand-tetons Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:50:22 GMT
The Four Seasons https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/5/the-four-seasons If you happen to be in the Kansas City area and just looking for something to do, consider visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum . . . Admission is free and they are open Wednesday thru Sunday. Sunday morning we had perfect weather to view The Four Seasons exhibit by Philip Hass on the South lawn of the property. Hass has created four monumental portrait busts titled The Four Seasons. The 15' tall sculptures are three dimensional interpretations of the Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo' portrait series of the same name. If you have any interest in art at all, you will certainly enjoy viewing these pieces of work.

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"Perspectives" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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(Dave Parker Photography) Art Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Kansas City Nelson-Atkins Musuem Philip Haas Sculptures The Four Seasons https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/5/the-four-seasons Mon, 04 May 2015 16:16:53 GMT
Hiring my Grand Daughter as a Model https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/3/hiring-my-grand-daughter-as-a-model My wife and I had the opportunity to keep our newest Grandchild for 4 days/nights . . .  what a Treat! She was supposed to go to day care but Grandpa decided to keep her home and hire her as a model to work in his impromptu photo studio at home. We had a blast; Gretta visited a wild animal kingdom, directed a musical group from her perch in a basket and had a great time playing. The below slide show includes some of my favorite images  . . . 

"Winner Winner!" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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(Dave Parker Photography) Child Infant https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/3/hiring-my-grand-daughter-as-a-model Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:13:23 GMT
Spring is in the Air in KC :-} https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/3/spring-is-in-the-air-in-kc Finally, the weather in KC is beginning to suggest that Spring is around the corner. Yesterday, we went out for a walk without coats and the day before I went to Powell Gardens and captured a number of photos of the Blue Morpho butterflies there were on exhibit at the Botanical Gardens. 

"Montauk Point" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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(Dave Parker Photography) Blue Morpho Butterfly Butterflies https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/3/spring-is-in-the-air-in-kc Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:45:03 GMT
Wild Horses of Sable Island https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/2/wild-horses-of-sable-island Had a wonderful opportunity to watch a movie about the 'Wild Horses of Sable Island' and listen to Film Maker & Photographer Roberto Dutesco who photographed and filmed the animals over six visits to Sable Island which is off the coast of Nova Scotia. The film and Roberto were very educational and entertaining. It was amazing how he could approach the wild horses without much concern from the animals. If this subject is something that interest you, please visit his web site @ www.dutescoart.com. This event was held at the Museum @ Prairiefire and after the event he had a book signing for those who purchased his 344 page photo book of this project. My wife, of course, purchased a book. The photo below depicts Annie and Roberto Dutesco.

 

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(Dave Parker Photography) https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/2/wild-horses-of-sable-island Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:21:22 GMT
Lightroom 5 'Print Module' Hints https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/2/lightroom-5-print-module-hints I use Lightroom cc in my post processing and I continually strive to learn more about the application. I had the opportunity to watch a series of videos on Lightroom 5 by Scott Kelby. I wanted to share some of what I learned in one of those videos. That subject is the 'Print' Module. Although this section will print, it does far more than just print. One of the features of that Module lets the user create templates for one or multiple photos to put on one piece of photo paper. If you use Lightroom 5 in your post processing and haven't explored the 'Print' Module, I would encourage you to do so. I think these templates are better suited for large, poster type prints. Below are a few examples of what I have done in the Print Module.

 

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(Dave Parker Photography) https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/2/lightroom-5-print-module-hints Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:19:38 GMT
Kansas Citty, MO at Night https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/1/kansas-citty-mo-at-night Haven' had an opportunity to post for a few weeks because my mother passed away on New Year' Eve back in Pennsylvania.  Consequently, I am now posting a few night images, mostly taken from around the Crown Center Complex just before Christmas. Hope you all enjoy the images . . . 

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"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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(Dave Parker Photography) City Cityscape Kansas Night https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2015/1/kansas-citty-mo-at-night Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:35:30 GMT
Happy Holidays https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/12/happy-holidays Best wishes to all for a very happy Christmas Season and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!

The below slideshow includes some of my favorite holiday photos . . .

 

"We Wish you a Merry Christmas" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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(Dave Parker Photography) Christmas Holiday https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/12/happy-holidays Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:57:38 GMT
5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge . . . https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/11/5-day-black-white-photo-challenge Yesterday I was tagged in Facebook by a colleague (Joe Langer) to participate in a 5-Day Black & White Photo Challenge. I have accepted the challenge and will post 1 B&W photo each day, beginning today. I really don't know where this challenge started but it sounds like fun and during this time of cold weather I can sit in the comfort of my warm home and do some editing on the photos that I have selected. Enjoy, and if you like the image of the day, please 'Share' on your Facebook Page. Thanks for looking.

 

Day 1 . . . Table-Top Photo - replica of a 1915 Ford Model T

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(Dave Parker Photography) 1915 Ford Model T 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge B&W Black & White https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/11/5-day-black-white-photo-challenge Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:50:34 GMT
Day Trip to Weston, MO for the Irish Festival https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/10/day-trip-to-weston-mo-for-the-irish-festival Traveled to Weston, MO on Saturday for the Fall Irish Festival. Had a great time and got home in time to watch the last half of the ALCS Game 2 between Boston & Kansas City; a GREAT ending to that game. Although we went to Weston to go to the Irish Festival, we did some shopping in town and visited Jeff's Architectural Salvage business where the owner gave me permission to take photos in and on his property. The below slideshow contains some of the images I captured during this day-trip. The Panaroma is the interior of the Weston Burley House and is an HDR image consisting of 24 photographs. The tobacco crop had just been moved out of the facility about 3 weeks ago. The last couple photos are of a Gargoyle on a motorcycle; this cement statue was really pretty eye catching so my wife bought it for me. It’s on the front porch now and I hope it stays there.

"Celtic Impulse" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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(Dave Parker Photography) Architectual Salvage Gargoyle HDR Irish Festival Weston Burley House Weston, MO https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/10/day-trip-to-weston-mo-for-the-irish-festival Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:12:43 GMT
Fountains in Blue . . . https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/10/fountains-in-blue Thought I would share with you 4 photos I captured last night. Six of Kansas City’s fountains, as well as several of the privately owned fountains in the Metro area, are dyed blue to celebrate the Royals making it to the playoffs for the first time since 1985. The 4 photo slideshow, below, are from two of those fountains; the Meyer Circle Seahorse Fountain and the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain in the Plaza.

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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(Dave Parker Photography) Blue Fountains Night https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/10/fountains-in-blue Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:14:28 GMT
The Plains Indians - Artists of Earth & Sky https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/9/the-plains-indians---artists-of-earth-sky  
 

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The Plains Indians Exhibit opened last Friday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO with yet another demonstration of dance, song, dress, and crafts by the talented men and women of the Haskell Indian Nations University, drum groups, singers, and dancers and more. For more information on the Exhibit see  http://www.nelsonmuseum.com/museum/Exhibits/Art_of_the_Plains_Indians.

Below you will find a slideshow consisting of 45 photos of primarily the dancers in traditional costume.

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(Dave Parker Photography) Exhibit Kansas City, MO Nelson-Atkins Museum Plains Indians https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/9/the-plains-indians---artists-of-earth-sky Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:09:28 GMT
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Spend most of the day, Sunday, the New Century Air Center in Gardner, KS. Why . . . ? The wife and I, who were later joined by my grand kids, went to see the 'Air Power History Tour' sponsored by the Heart of America Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. This expo consisted of vintage aircraft (I believe they were all WW II), military vehicle displays, CAF Museum tours and Veterans' oral histories as well as a flying demonstration of some of the vintage aircraft. The slideshow, below, contain a few of the many images I captured during the day.

 

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(Dave Parker Photography) Air Planes Air Show CAF Commemorative Air Force Veterans Vintage https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/9/commemorative-air-force Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:20:29 GMT
Hard @ Play Band https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/9/hard-at-play  
 

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Enjoyed a wonderful Friday evening with my wife and the Hard @ Play Band at the Take 5 Coffee + Bar in Leawood, KS. While there we were joined by our long-time friends, Dan & Shelda Goodwin . . . hadn’t seen them in several years. I traveled to Hawaii twice with Dan on business and on one of those two trips the wives went along. Our meeting brought back many memories . . . all good. The reason we ended up at the Take 5 Coffee + Bar was to listen to the Hard @ Play Band, a 9-piece rock band with horns. If you haven’t heard of them, you don’t know what you are missing. They are a local group of professionals who occupy their free time with amazing music. For more information, check out their web site at http://www.hardatplayband.com/. In the slideshow, below, are some of the images I captured at the coffee house.

 

 
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(Dave Parker Photography) Band Hard @ Play Horns Music Rock https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/9/hard-at-play Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:24:17 GMT
A Day in Topeka, KS https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/9/a-day-in-topeka-ks  
 

On Saturday, September 7, 2014, my wife and I spent a week in Topeka . . .  just kidding. We left Kansas City at 5 AM and got back home about 10 PM. I don’t really want it to sound bad because we actually had a great time. We left so early because we were going the 39th Annual Huff & Puff at Lake Shawnee. If you are not familiar with the event, it’s a hot air balloon festival of sorts. About 29 hot air balloons show up for the 3-day event. The photos in the slide show, below, start off with the early morning activities of getting the balloons uncrated, filled with hot air and then ascending to travel over  Lake Shawnee. The slide show ends with images from the evening events at the event.

After all the balloons departed we made our way to North Topeka where we had Breakfast at Bradley’s in the NOTO Arts District. This restaurant’s home cooking was so good we went back there for lunch . . .  their homemade pies are to die for.

We then went to the Great Overland Station and the All Veterans’ Memorial which is about 3 blocks away from Bradley’s. A local preservation group completed restoration of North Topeka’s neglected Union Pacific passenger depot, returning it to its 1927 splendor. The station’s grand waiting room features 34-foot-high ornamented ceilings, large windows and impressive 12-foot-wide, 120-bulb chandeliers. A former pantry houses the Fink Gallery with exhibits about Topeka’s history and railroad heritage as well as pop culture. Outside the station, flags of the 50 states flank a flame-shaped sculpture, the centerpiece of the All Veterans Memorial.

Next we visited the Kansas Museum of History and then to the State Capitol Building. It had closed it’s doors to visitors at 1 PM (on Saturdays) so we just walked around the outside of the building and took several photos.

We went to Gage Park where we looked at several Veterans’ Monuments/Tributes and drove around the park looking at it’s many attractions.

Finally, we headed back to Lake Shawnee for the evening events of the Huff & Puff; Another balloon launch and then after sunset, balloon glows.

We got home about 17 hours after we left that morning . . . tired but had a great time on a day that was neither wet or too hot. :-]

As a footnote, music in the slideshow is "Sunshine" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

 
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(Dave Parker Photography) Huff & Puff KS Topeka https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/9/a-day-in-topeka-ks Mon, 08 Sep 2014 06:04:07 GMT
Museum @ Prairiefire New Exhibit opens Aug 30, 2014 https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/8/museum-prairiefire-new-exhibit-opens-aug-30-2014 Museum at Prairiefire is located at 5801 W 135th St. Overland Park, KS 66223. It's a wonderful venue for Children as well as adults. Their web site is http://museumatpf.org/

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As a Member of the Museum, my wife and I had an opportunity to attend a members only viewing of the new Exhibit, Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids this past Sunday. I thought I would share some of the images I captured while viewing the exhibit. All the photos were shot with a Sony RX100 and no flash. Many of the photos have the original backgrounds removed or darkened to lessen the distractions.

I am attaching a few images in a slide show format for your viewing. If you're in the Kansas City area, take the Kids/Grand Kids.

 

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(Dave Parker Photography) Dragons Mermaids Museum at Prairiefire Mythic Creatures Unicorns https://www.dfp-photos.com/blog/2014/8/museum-prairiefire-new-exhibit-opens-aug-30-2014 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:50:35 GMT