I have already shoveled the driveway and sidewalks twice, and the snow is still coming down in Ottawa, Kansas.
Kansas photographer Stephan Anderson-Story, who shot many of the present-day photographs for Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder, told his interviewer in a short documentary that he liked taking pictures of Kansas in the winter.
“What I liked was when the grass in the Flint Hills would turn a really nice brown, and oranges, and reds. It always looked really nice with the sky, the contrasting colors.”
As Jim and I went for a drive last weekend, I saw what Stephan saw in the winter Kansas landscape and made Jim stop so that I could take a picture.
Warmer weather melted away some of the snow and ice these past few days, so Jim and I went for a drive. As we explored State Line Road east of Louisburg, Kansas, we caught this breathtaking sunset.
Winter solstice brought Ottawa, Kansas, its first meaningful ice and snow of the season. The glass-shard sound of sleet pelting our windows throughout the afternoon was slowly replaced by the sandy sound of snow in the late evening, but by one o’clock in the morning, our neighborhood was still.
Several hideous viruses have descended upon Kansas this winter, and I spent a good portion of the holidays nursing a flu-like bug. However, when I noticed the snow, I managed to surface from my feverish delirium just long enough to take a picture.
Historic downtown Ottawa is decked out for the holidays. Because I like to suffer for my art, I waited until the evening following our first snowfall of winter to bundle up and shoot photographs of the Victorian buildings on South Main Street, which are dressed up with lights on every facade and Christmas trees in every storefront window. My favorite touch is the star perched on top of the grain silo at the Ottawa Coop building. The snow was mostly gone, but the Christmas cheer could not be melted.
Happy holidays to all of my friends out there in the online universe!