23 July 2010

kansas :: three

One of the places we visited was the Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend, about half an hour away from where we were staying in Holyrood. Most of us have been to the zoo at some point in our lives, I presume, but one of the many things that makes this one special (aside from being a place that we enjoyed while we were in Kansas) is that it is totally FREE. Can you believe that?

The zoo admission price is FREE. I can't get over that. I live in one of those places where you can scarcely sneeze without getting charged for it. I love Kansas!

I took hundreds of shots here, but I'll restrict myself to showing you just a few of my favorites.

James' grandmother's passed away a little less than two years ago, but her house is still vacant. This is where we stayed while we were there. Having a chance to spend a week where she lived was fascinating; I was captured by the immense amount of details that told a story of who she was and what captured her heart. There are many, many more where these come from and I imagine I'll be sharing some of these details for some time.

An apricot tree in the yard

Hats and coats hanging in the laundry room
Spools and spools and spools ...
A wall in the kitchen

From the garden, looking past the clothesline and into the chicken shed

And next door to her home, there was an abandoned home. These always fascinating. I wonder who lived here and how they left. I wonder what stories those walls could tell.

There are many more I'm anxious to share from our trip. And don't worry -- I won't go through all 1800!


  1. Your photos are breathtaking! Absolutely gorgeous and tell a story in themselves. Thank you for sharing.

  2. wow... these are beautiful! love the peacocks especially!

  3. Your talent amazes me! I could stare at your photos all day.

  4. I lOVe those zoo pictures! Each one of them! And the hat and coat rack is just lovely.

  5. oh,
    completely blown away.

    and the wall.
    that gave me goosebumps.

  6. Sigh. I love your photographs. They are truly amazing.

    The peacock photos are GORGEOUS! And that one of the goose made me smile. :)

    For some reason, I started to imagine you and James living in that home of his grandmothers ... and leaving her things on the walls in her honor.

  7. I love your photos... Like others here, I could stare all day. Beautiful.

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