Covered Wagons

By: dragonflyF15 , 6:57 PM GMT on July 17, 2008

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is what comes to mind when biking through Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. As usual, I brought the bike with me to squeeze in some quality "me" time. Pics are taken with the Nikon and as you can see, the coloring is just different and edges are blurrier than the SLR. Anyways, just thought I would share a bit of my world :)

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

KATY trail Boonsville, MO (dragonflyF15)
View from the bridge crossing the Missouri.
KATY trail Boonsville, MO
Bridge Over Grains (dragonflyF15)
KATY trail Boonsville, MO
Bridge Over Grains
Amber Waves of Grain (dragonflyF15)
KATY trail Boonsville, MO
Amber Waves of Grain
Today's Bike Forecast (dragonflyF15)
After reaching Franklin, I decide I better turn back to the trailhead .KATY trail Boonsville, MO
Today's Bike Forecast
Missouri River (dragonflyF15)
Back over we go and it's windy! KATY trail Boonsville, MO
Missouri River
All Aboard! (dragonflyF15)
Back to my trailhead! I kept waiting for a large group of people to clear the area to take a pic, but I was running out of time and had to hit the road. Settled for this shot. The rails of the MKT Railroad reached Boonville on May 31, 1873. On July 4, 1874, a large celebration was held to dedicate the new MKT railroad bridge. Thus began a long and prosperous relationship between Boonville and the KATY. The Boonville station is the only surviving Spanish Mission style Depot on the MKT, or "Katy Railroad" as it was fondly referred to. A total of five Spanish style depots were constructed on the Katy system. The other four locations were: Caddo, OK, Osage, OK, Cleveland, OK and Chanute, KS. The construction of these five passenger stations, started in 1910 and ended in the 1920's, which marked the height of the Katy passenger service. The Boonville Katy Depot was built in 1911 and 1912 in a vacant livestock yard.
All Aboard!
Biking in Omaha's forecast (dragonflyF15)
Hot and sunny! Connector trail to Papillion Creek.
Biking in Omaha's forecast
Soft Rolling Hills (dragonflyF15)
Connector trail to Papillion Creek outside Omaha.
Soft Rolling Hills
Pleasing to the eye (dragonflyF15)
Connector trail to Papillion Creek outside Omaha.
Pleasing to the eye
Bathing Rock (dragonflyF15)
Connector trail to Papillion Creek outside Omaha.
Bathing Rock
Wehrspann Lake (dragonflyF15)
Chalco Hills Recreation Area in Nebraska
Wehrspann Lake
New territory of wildflower viewing (dragonflyF15)
Chalco Hills Recreation Area in Nebraska
New territory of wildflower viewing
Welcome Shade (dragonflyF15)
Bike path in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area,Nebraska
Welcome Shade
2 needles per node (dragonflyF15)
Took this pic to ID later. Bike path in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area,Nebraska
2 needles per node
Slight Breeze (dragonflyF15)
Bike path in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area,Nebraska
Slight Breeze
Last Long Stretch (dragonflyF15)
Bike path in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area,Nebraska
Last Long Stretch
Next day's forecast: (dragonflyF15)
Looks like rain, but we'll see when we get to the trail in 2 hours.
Next day's forecast:
Not looking likely (dragonflyF15)
I don't think I'll be biking today..
Not looking likely
Destination reached (dragonflyF15)
I think I'll pass on biking today. Homeward bound I go!
Destination reached

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13. seflagamma
2:28 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
Hi Dragonfly,

You really got some nice photographs! Thank you for sharing them and your adventures!!!
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12. PrettyLove23
6:50 PM GMT on July 18, 2008
Awesome pics Dragon. Love the cat one!

You've definatly got a great eye for shooting pics.

Have a blessed weekend!

11. dragonflyF15
6:40 PM GMT on July 18, 2008
Well it's Friday and I'm out of here for the weekend! Heading down to the lake for some fun, sun and chillin' out on the boat. Have a great weekend and enjoy the fun tunes!

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10. shutterbug1
1:17 PM GMT on July 18, 2008
P.S. My favorite pic of your line-up is the bike path bridge. Great work ! :-)
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9. shutterbug1
1:14 PM GMT on July 18, 2008
Hey Dragonfly!

I am so happy for you! What a relief to finally have the camera issue resolved! I don't know what I would do if I were without mine. It has become so much a part of who I am. Not that the pics are so great, just that having a camera, makes you really stop and look at everything around you, in a whole new light... :-)
I wish you a most pleasant journey to Alaska.
Your pictures are going to rock! I will be anxiously awaiting your posts - that is if you come back after visiting such a magnificent place! LOL!

Take care, and have a wonderful weekend!
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8. dragonflyF15
7:48 AM GMT on July 18, 2008
Rosewood- Plant geek? I resemble that remark! >chuckle<

Sky-All that scenery and you didn't even have to break a sweat!

Shore-I'll have to look into that as it sounds like an interesting read. I love reading books, especially new topics! Of course my favorite prairie read is the Laura Ingalls stories :) I checked it out and added it to my wish list on Amazon so I remember it. It looks like something I would like! Thanks! I plan to take my John Muir Eight Wonder Discovery Books for the plane ride up (12 hours of flying!) to get me in the right mode for the Alaska adventures :)

I have been high as a kite today since I have gotten the best of both wise. I took the outdoor drop me, wet me, freeze me and try to crush me camera out for a few quick pics during my bike ride and I have to say for a point and click that is weather proof, not bad at all! A few samples:

First, an indoor shot:

Then a close up:

Dark and light without flash:

Leaves being illuminated by bright light:

How true will the colors come out?

Quite true indeed! I'm happy :)

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7. shoreacres
3:45 AM GMT on July 18, 2008
dragonfly ~ A thought just crossed my mind looking at the pics and thinking about old prairie. Have you read Prairy Erth by William Least Heat-Moon? It's the chronicle of a single county in the Flint Hills of Kansas. It is vaguely Michener-like in the sense that it's millenia in a single spot, but my personal opinion is that Heat-Moon is a better writer, and it hangs together better because he didn't have a swarm of grad students working on it.

If you love prairie, it's a great read.
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6. Skyepony (Mod)
3:12 AM GMT on July 18, 2008
Enjoyed your bike:)
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5. dragonflyF15
10:45 PM GMT on July 17, 2008
Thanks for the comments. Well I am back to being a Canon SLR grrl and so far I'm really liking this Olympus Stylus point and clicker. I'll have to test it out this weekend when I head down to the lake :)

Another great thing about this getting the best of both worlds and saving money is that I exchanged my Nikon Coolpix and an old Canon EOS Rebel 35mm and got another $330 taken off.

I might just buy myself a lottery ticket :)

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4. rosewood
8:19 PM GMT on July 17, 2008
Don't you just love it when everything in the heavens aligns and a super camera deal drops into your lap? I'm glad for you!

Of the photos above, I think my favorites are "Amber Waves of Grain" and "Pleasing to the Eye" which is reminiscent of some salt water esturaries nearby. And about "2 Needles per Node" ... yes you are TRULY a shrub geek! ;-)

Be well!
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3. Zachary Labe
8:07 PM GMT on July 17, 2008
dragonflyF15- Great pictures! Especially the amber waves of grain picture!
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2. dragonflyF15
7:31 PM GMT on July 17, 2008
Blizzard: Until this week, I would say that we have been unseasonably cooler this summer too. This week has been mid 90's everyday and humidity is picking up.

Rosewood: The last part came about because as I was reflecting on my previous evening's walk, I had the news on in the background and it was just all depressing stuff that reminds me that there are unpleasant things about life too.

Incog: I was wondering cause I like your pics. Again thanks for the camera review link. It was quite helpful in making my decision.

Susie: What's cooking? I saw your summer bounty pics and my mouth started drooling with the possibilities!

Gardengrrl: Thanks for stopping by! Good to see you around again :)

WxWyz: Thanks for stopping by! How about some iced tea or lemonade to cool off with?

Ok, here I go! After agonizing and deliberating about the camera situation with everyone and the internet, I finally went in to talk to the camera folks at a local store. The Canon G9 was a good compromise between an SLR quality and compact enough as a point and shoot. HOWEVER, after figuring out the price after getting the adapter for adding lenses, wide angle lens, telephoto and macro lenses along with polarizing UV filters it was going to be a $1100 investment. Heck another $350 would buy me a brand new body of the Canon 40D and I already have the lens and etc for that. Not to mention the $250 service repair cost just to look at my old Canon 20D. So I decided to go with something smaller and have to wait for the Canon to get fixed.

Then, I got the bad news. The Canon cannot be saved and I'm grateful that they were honest enough to save me the $250 just to have it sent out. That $250 doesn't cover costs of materials needing replacement and it sounds like for the electronic parts that will likely have to be replace and after they inspected the cam, they estimated it would cost me about $1200 or more to fix.

At this point, I'm back to giving up on the SLR route, go with the Canon G9 as a happy medium. Then my knight in shining armor comes over to the counter to see what his co-worker is talking to me about. Turns out, he just turned in his old Canon 20D since he upgraded to the 40D to his boss for sale in the used camera section. They are working on getting it cleaned and ready for sale this morning and I will be picking up my replacement for a fraction of the cost I was thinking I would have to invest! So with that I will have the best of both worlds as I will have an SLR again and I plan to get a don't worry, be happy, beat me up and use me in a rain camera for those point and shoot moments. I've narrowed that one down to the Olympus Stylus 1030W or Pentax Optio W60. After playing around with them a bit in a few minutes, I will make up my mind. So off to the camera store I go!

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1. WxWyz
7:01 PM GMT on July 17, 2008
Great photos, dragonfly!

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