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Old 05-12-2016, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Garden City, KS
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Beautiful shots! In a few weeks the prince's plumes should be in bloom and they're my favorite out of all of the western Kansas wildflowers. The badlands have always been awe inspiring for me every time I see them.
Thanks. This was my first time visiting the badlands, and it was more beautiful than I expected. I just love it here.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
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Thanks. This was my first time visiting the badlands, and it was more beautiful than I expected. I just love it here.
You're in the minority of the world for liking the area so far so I hope you're positive experiences continue. Another area activity I suggest is trying to schedule a tour at the buffalo preserve around the end of may or early June. The area has an extensive history that goes back to saving the entire species.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:21 AM
 
Location: IN
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Monument Rocks area is fascinating, good picture opportunities when it is occasionally snow covered to get interesting contrasts in light.
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Old 05-12-2016, 11:35 AM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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Some pics from my trip through Gove County earlier today.


Wildflowers on the Plains


Sea of Grass


Plains and Sky


Wildflowers on a Butte


Badlands From the Butte


Castle Rock Badlands


Castle Rock From the Butte


Castle Rock


Castle Rock With Scale


Castle Rock Up Close
Absolutely awesome pics....thanks for posting them!

As for Castle Rock and the Badlands, I honestly had no idea there was this kind of scenery in Kansas. And I'd bet that applies to more people than not.

I know almost nothing about photography, but would like to dabble in it a bit in the future. I'm curious as to what kind of camera quality it takes to get great pics like this.

Thanks again.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Garden City, KS
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Absolutely awesome pics....thanks for posting them!

As for Castle Rock and the Badlands, I honestly had no idea there was this kind of scenery in Kansas. And I'd bet that applies to more people than not.

I know almost nothing about photography, but would like to dabble in it a bit in the future. I'm curious as to what kind of camera quality it takes to get great pics like this.

Thanks again.
Thank you.

I don't know much about photography either, to tell you the truth. I took these pics on my Nexus 6 phone. I use a setting in the camera that stacks 3 photos on top of each other, and I think that helps bring the detail out.

I didn't know this kind of scenery existed here, either, before I took the job out here. Then I started researching and found out about these places. I'm willing to bet there are several other hidden gems around this state, and I plan on finding them.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:37 PM
 
Location: IN
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Thank you.

I don't know much about photography either, to tell you the truth. I took these pics on my Nexus 6 phone. I use a setting in the camera that stacks 3 photos on top of each other, and I think that helps bring the detail out.

I didn't know this kind of scenery existed here, either, before I took the job out here. Then I started researching and found out about these places. I'm willing to bet there are several other hidden gems around this state, and I plan on finding them.
Another interesting location for photography would be the Smoky Hills region north of Hays along Hwy 183, some rugged topography with some limestone buttes. The Arikaree Breaks in Rawlins and Cheyenne counties has some photography potential, not sure of the access- likely private land again.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:46 PM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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Thank you.

I don't know much about photography either, to tell you the truth. I took these pics on my Nexus 6 phone. I use a setting in the camera that stacks 3 photos on top of each other, and I think that helps bring the detail out.

I didn't know this kind of scenery existed here, either, before I took the job out here. Then I started researching and found out about these places. I'm willing to bet there are several other hidden gems around this state, and I plan on finding them.
Thanks for the update....I know you'll enjoy your continued search.

For perspective, I was going to ask where you moved from. But I see from your profile it was Tampa? Though Florida is one of a handful of states I haven't chosen to visit, I'm fairly certain I would find Tampa to be hell on earth. So I can well understand your excitement about your new surroundings.

I don't know any more about Smartphones than I know about photography, since I don't have one (and don't want one). But, at a glance, it sounds like the Nexus 6 is top of the line. I'll keep it in mind as a reference when I shop for a camera.

I lived in Kansas (KC metro) for 11 years and, in hindsight, regret that I never explored it like you are doing. Best of luck.
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Old 05-12-2016, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
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Absolutely awesome pics....thanks for posting them!

As for Castle Rock and the Badlands, I honestly had no idea there was this kind of scenery in Kansas. And I'd bet that applies to more people than not.

I know almost nothing about photography, but would like to dabble in it a bit in the future. I'm curious as to what kind of camera quality it takes to get great pics like this.

Thanks again.
You should dig through the thread if you had no idea! . I've posted several shots of this half of the state as well. Western Kansas is beautiful if one knows where to look. Mostly you just have to get off of I-70.
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Old 05-12-2016, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
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I've posted some of these before, but it's never a bad thing to bring them back up.

Chalk Formation north of Lake Scott State Park


Monument Rocks on a hot July afternoon.


Princes Plume in full bloom


Smoky Hill River south of Monument Rocks


Butterfly on wild Gallardia in my parrents backyard


The Keeper of The Plains statue in Wichita


Elephant on her last day at Lee Richardson Zoo. Their exhibit now houses a breeding pair of black rhinos.


Christmas at Bradley Fair in Wichita.


Urban Decay at While Lakes Mall in Topeka.


Finney State Fishing Lake in Finney County east of Ravana and north of Kalvesta.


Ravana Cemetery in Finney County.


The historic Carnegie Library in Dodge City.


Scott Lake State Park before a storm.


Garfield County Courthouse in Ravana (Finney County).


Ravana Townsite in Finney County.


Chestnut Street historical district in Hays.


Fall at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City.


Castle Rock Badlands.


Wild Cottonwood Trees and native grasses at Concannon Lake outside of Garden City.


Downtown Manhattan as seen from Manhattan Town Center Mall.


The last of the summer Sunflowers at Tuttle Creek Reservoir.


Rural Decay at Southgate Mall in Liberal (Former C.R. Anthony and Stage Department STore).


Wildflowers at the Buffalo Preserve south of Garden City.


Wildflowers at the Buffalo Preserve south of Garden City.


Wildflowers at the Buffalo Preserve south of Garden City.


Christmas at the Village Square Mall in Dodge City.
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A historic block in Garden City that has been home to The historic 1880's Windsor Hotel (currently undergoing restoration) the Stevens Opera House (Demolished because the foundation was weak), F.W. Woolworth Variety Store, Ben Franklin Variety Store, C.R. Anthony Department Store, JCPenney, and currently a Stage Department Store.


The end of an era. The last week of Metcalf South Shopping Center being open in Overland Park.


Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls.


Historic Kress Store building in Emporia.


Lee Richardson Zoo after a snowstorm.


Downtown Garden City after a blizzard.


The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe depot in Garden City after a blizzard. Still in use for Amtrak.


Mother and Calf south of Garden City.


Butterfly in Marchi


Rural Hodgeman County.


Frontier Park during fall in Hays.


A sunflower in front of Sunflower Electric in Holcomb.


Fall in the cattails at Lake Scott State Park.

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Old 05-14-2016, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Garden City, KS
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Those pictures are so awesome! And I can't wait to experience a little snow, too. Being a Florida boy, I've never had a chance to get tired of snow, so I welcome it.
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