It ain't pretty being easy... (soopageek) wrote,
It ain't pretty being easy...

pictures from Hiawatha, KS and French Lick, IN

Location: Oak Grove, MO

When Roger and I left Chillicothe we took U.S. 36 across Kansas into Colorado.  This was the first time I had been along this route.  With the days growing shorter, a lot less time is spent being able to enjoy the sights as you drive.  Early in the day we stopped in Hiawatha, KS for some lunch and parked briefly in a grocery store parking lot while Roger wired some money home to a friend.  While he was busy with Western Union, I decided to play with the camera.  They had gotten a good deal of snow in northern Kansas and it was still on the ground, in the trees and stuck to things... which made for some pretty photos.  I seem to like "busy" shots, with lots of things in the foreground and background.  For me there's something aesthetically pleasing about the lines of pole, wires, and the edges of buildings and signs breaking up the shot.  So that's what I was concentrating on when taking these shots.

This one is probably my favorite of the bunch....  I like the way the signs in the foreground are all "partial" due to the framing of the shot or obstruction by the truck and snow while nearly all the signs in the background are simply too far away to really read, but you know what they are by their shape and color because you've seen them a zillion times in a zillion other towns.

I like this one because of its geometry.  Rectangles, cylinders, circles, triangles, arcs, parallell/perpendicular lines, etc etc.

This picture is typical of how I frame a lot of shots.... I'm not really sure why I do it.  It's not like I'm a photographer or anything... an amateur at best.  But I like to have something give perspective to the picture, in this case the signs framing the shed with the boarded up window.  You get a feeling for the size and depth of the entire shot.

Last night, Roger and I stoped in French Lick, IN.  I stopped for a picture taking excursion there once before last year, but with one of my cheapo, craptacular cameras.  I figured tonight was a nice opportunity to grab a few new ones for my digital road chronicles.  It was late in the afternoon with only about an hour of daylight left.  Not ideal for picture taking as the sun was already sinking below the horizon or hiding in the clouds.  It didn't make for spectacular outdoor photos around the premises of the French Lick Springs Resort like I wanted, but I did take a few really neat shots of this water tower in the distance.  There were a flock of birds that would zoom together in unison from one side of the shot I was framing then they would come back about every ten seconds....  almost like they were working with me, giving me a chance to retake the shot multiple times.

Here's another with a tighter angle (god bless optical zoom).  All told I got six really good shots with the water tower, the birds, and the sunset.  But this one and the previous were my two favorite of the bunch.

The sky was beautiful last night.  I was excited about this visual opportunity with the clouds, poles/wires, and tree line while Roger drove down this stretch  of road...  I audibly gasped when I saw how well it turned out on my computer screen.

This is the hotel from a distance.  I was trying to do something with the puddle in the parking lot and its reflection of the hotel, but it didn't turn out very well.... the puddle just wasn't big enough to have a very dramatic impact on the total shot plus the photo is off-balanced because of the angle and distance I needed  to get the reflection.  I guess it's still sort of neat, just not what I had hoped for.

The following photos are just various pictures taken around the premises:

Wrought-iron balconies

The retractable, domed swimming pool.....

....from the inside-out.

The main spring-house... did I mention these are sulphur springs?!?! It's got that cliche rotten-egg smell emanating from it. Ugh.

Pluto keeps an eye on the rear entrance to the hotel

Roger chillin' on the front porch

Chandeliers in the main lobby

Mosaic tile floors, marble stairs, Corinthian columns.

I half expected to see twins and a kid on a tricycle sometimes... REDRUM! REDRUM!

Apparently, Donald Trump has been given permission by the Indiana gaming commission to open a casino adjacent to the French Lick Resort.  They had plans on easels in the lobby showing the proposed layout.  It invloves a huge pond being dug where the driving range currently sits so that a riverboat can be placed in it, since Indiana only allows riverboat casinos.  Crazy. 

But man...  gambling in French Lick... a place with two beautiful hotels in the area with so much history - it'd be worth the extra drive to come up here rather than hit Caesar's in Louisiville. 

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