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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Published online

One Porch Light
This house is under development application to be put on the local, state and national historic registers. It is 718n market and it is completely run down and boarded up. I have heard a rumour that it is going to be turned into large flats. Time will tell.
Publsihed online at the daily snap of the verbict web magazine.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WaterWalk Downtown

I am experimenting with a new software called QTpfsGUI or as I like to call it, Luminance HDR. This photo is a demonstration of a more pronounced effect it can make. It is very pretty and I like it. Going to have to try this on and in some local Churches.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Found this story narrated by Lucia (5 yo)

July 13, 2009


Oh, guess what! I standed on my baby doll, and so the head came off! And this was the funniest thing that happened in my whole life! When I was going to go get my pajamas on, I started to throw my baby doll on the tent! And before I had took my bath, I was on the swingset writing in my Tinker-bell journal. And so I hate it when Mama goes to the library and goes through the drive-through. But I love it when Mama goes to the library and takes us and lets us all pick out books!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's Christmas time in the city

Christmas lights, pretty. Click the picture for links to a news story and to see larger.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Through the Eyes of Spiderman

I kinda wonder if this is what it looks like right before he goes climbing or slinging up the side of a building. This is Broadway Plaza in Wichita, Ks.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Old Farm Stories

Found this abandoned farmstead while doing some pheasant hunting. Hope you like! If you want to see it in black and white, click on the picture and it will take you to a page with a link for the black and white version.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wisdom in those Eyes

This is my great uncle Eugene. Born, raised and lived his life farming in NorthWest Kansas has made him very wise. He doesn't pull punches, he will tell you what he thinks but he is also one of the orneriest people that I know. This is a snapshot turned portrait I took this past deer season. He was born in the midst of the depression to a family of 16 kids (9 boys and 7 girls). I have had many a memorable visit to his farm.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Porch Pumpkins

Porch Pumpkins
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
This is the final result of a couple hours of work I undertook with the 4 oldest girls. Dawn and Addie went shopping and I got to slice open 3 pumpkins (1 had gone rotten) and supervise the gutting of the pumpkins. We drew faces on them and cut them. Mary (10.5 now) wanted to carve the face of one while I worked on another and I didn't let her. However, she is getting old enough that with some supervision she will be carving one next year. I have some more pictures to put up from the carving and 1 other picture of the finished product that just has the glowing cutouts but no glowing pumpkins. Hope everyone had a great All Hallows and remembered their loved ones on All Souls.

Quote of the day

I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.

- Thomas Jefferson

Not only is this a quote of the day, it is something that makes you go hmmmmm.

Friday, October 2, 2009

In the Line of Duty

Today I have the honor of going to the Funeral of a man who sacrificed his life for his community. He got up every morning and went out the door to serve no matter what the call for help was. This past Monday he paid the ultimate sacrifice, In the Line of Duty.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Young Love

Young Love
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
We stopped at Swenson Park in Lindsborg for a picnic while camping just outside of town. My godson and daughter hit it off. So sweet and so innocent.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sunlight dripping off a sunflower

Taken in the sunset, slight bit of water dripping off the bottom with some backlight. Some things just catch your eye as you walk past them.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jumping off the high dive

A first attempt at action shots, this is obviously a combination of 3 shots in a series.

Friday, August 14, 2009

I am the DragonMaster

I have been chasing a shot of this DragonFly all summer, nailed it. Thanks to my wife, love ya!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Taking the kids to see the Tigers

Loved the new exhibit at the Sedgwick County zoo, the Slawson Family Tiger Trek. Was a fun time, the zoo rocks.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Yellow Flower

Yellow Flower
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
I just thought it was pretty, think I am going to have it made into a print.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hyatt Waterfall Mini

I am going to have to go down and look at this area during the local riverfestival when this place is crawling with people to do this effect again.

Kellogg and Main

Kellogg and Main
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
Wichita, Ks. The enterance to downtown looking from north to south. This is a faux miniature made through a pseudo tilt-shift post process. If you click on the picture it will take you to a page with a link to the unedited picture.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine flu map

The interwebs give us some unique abilities.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday
Originally uploaded by Lori Elizabeth
One of my friends (a web 2.0 one), fellow Catholic and Photographer made this beautiful portrait. God bless you all, He is risen.

Friday, April 3, 2009

My Grandma Made It 35/365

I like it and my Grandma made it, 'nuff said.

Assistant to the teacher 34/365

It's good to have an assistant but if you look closely you see what happens when you don't let them do anything. Someone was a little upset and I know they weren't upset with mom. (She was upset with me because of how I was having mom pose her).

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Non-rockstar and Child 33/365

Mother and Child photos are cool, may have to start pulling out some classics and trying to replicate them.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Great Books 32/365

Great Books 32/365
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
Some books are better than others. Some books are great books. I found something better than a book at the library.

Mother and Child 31/365

Simply beautiful in my eyes. Something that I need to remember to treasure more and more.

Embarassing 30/365

Embarassing 30/365
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
This is so embarassing, look at the 1970's era wallpaper on that wall!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Stirring the waters of faith

I just love this picture. Wasn't what I had planned on catching but it is what I ended up with. Simply beautiful, I think anyway.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

1 month old and it is supposed to be spring 29/365

Yesterday was the beginning of what was supposed to be a blizzard but it turned out to be several inches of ice covered by several inches of snow. Here is Adelaide getting taken into Church. Her sisters didn't quite wait for her.

Dapples and greys 28/365

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake, you shall have,
All the pretty little horses.
Blacks and bays, dapples and greys,
Go to sleep you little baby,
Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby,
When you wake, you shall have,
All the pretty little horses.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Smiling? 27/365

Smiling? 27/365
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
Dawn has been claiming that Addie has been smiling for the past few days. I will admit to having seen those random newborn smiles that are either them seeing their guardian angel or just coincidence. Dawn was trying to get Adelaide to smile, this is as close as we got.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Too much Love? 26/365

March 25th, 2009

Dawn finished nursing Adelaide this evening and held her and rocked her for awhile. When she went to change her diaper we found that holding her on Dawn's heart left an impression. If you look close, the shape of Dawn's heart-shaped necklace was impressed into Addie's skin.

Disclaimer: No infants were harmed in the making of this photo.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Marsupialish 25/365

No, we aren't marsupials but we have learned a little bit from them in terms of carrying kids. They love it and it is easier to get stuff done.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Worn Out Shopper 24/365

Adelaide went shopping with mommy while her sisters were at art class. Addie is such an avid shopper she wore herself out. What did daddy get out of Addie doing all that shopping? I get to look at this t-shirt! ("I'll always be daddy's little girl!")

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Grace flows 23/365

Grace flows 23/365
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
Today was Addie's baptism. The imparting of grace is too beautiful a thing to waste. God Bless you little Adelaide Victoria!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Keeper at Sunrise

Keeper at Sunrise
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
Took this picture at the literal crack of dawn at the Keeper of the Plains in Wichita, Ks. This is located at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas River. Dawn said I should try to find someone to buy pictures I take like this. She said something to the effect that it looks like a postcard. I wished the clouds had been a bit further off the horizon and I could have taken the picture about 5 minutes later for just a bit more light on the horizon. Unfortunately, the lights that illuminate the keeper were turned off about 4 minutes after this picture was taken.

Read more about the keeper of the plains at

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sitting and Reading 21/365

Already sitting up and reading books. If you look close (click on the picture and the all sizes link), this is a children's book on pregnancy! One of these days i am going to have to put a brick on her head to keep her from growing!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Priveleged view 20/365

I figured for today I would let you see something that I see and let you see it how I see it. This is what i see when I hold my little baby.

My wife has a couple ideas that we may have to try as we get going further on down the road. If you have any, feel free to get ahold of me by commenting, calling, emailing or however you communicate so I can make it a reality.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Where's Adelaide? 19/365

Addie is the bigger one of the two in case you couldn't tell. I think she has about 1/2 an inch more reach than the doll finally. Nothing fancy today, but it was a busy one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Price of Admission 18/365

We had some good friends come for a visit tonight. They paid the price of admission, food, and got to hold little Addie. Thanks for the pizza, yummy. Oh, and the good company rocked as well.

Monday, March 16, 2009

First trip to the park 17/365

It was such a nice day, we just had to go to the park and play for awhile.

A few quiet moments 16/365

Shhhh! Actually, when she is sleeping she can sleep through lots of noise. Don't worry, even when I don't get them uploaded right away, I am still snapping pictures of the little one every day.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Visit from The Great Grandpa 15/365

Addie is two weeks old today and she got a huge gift, a visit from her Great Grandfather. Great Grandpa came bearing choclate, cookies and dollars bills for her sisters. Great Grandpa came claiming to want to see if Addie could talk and showed how ornery us Sauer men could be playing with everyone.

Friday, March 13, 2009

My Friend Flicka (aka My Sis Addie) 14/365

One of the things that Dawn does for school is read chapter books aloud to the kids. Today Anna held her little sister, Adelaide, while Dawn read a couple chapters from, "My Friend Flicka".

Bathtime 13/365 and an outtake

Originally, today's picture was going to be a cute capture of Mary holding Addie:

reading and loving 13/365 --outtake

However, Dawn had a different idea for today, March 12th, and she didn't even realize it. This project isn't just a chance for me to do really cool edited pictures or make things that visually "Pop". Yes, I love to do that kind of thing but this project is about catching the first year of a little girl's life, one frame and one day at a time. Little Adelaide will grow so much over this year. If you are reading things, thank you for following along on the ride. Yep, I couldn't help but catch the first bath. Bu Bu bu bathtime 13/365

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Her Heart in Her Hands 12/365

I saw Dawn holding Addie as I was carrying laundry up and down the hallway. Caughter her making faces at her while holding Adelaide's head in her hand. Grabbed my camera, framed it up a bit and here ya go, day 12.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Floating in the Kitchen 11/365

Since she can't walk and she wants to keep up with her sisters she decided to float around after them. We had to put a stop to this real quick.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Lost: Cord's Gone 10/365

Addie lost her cord this evening. Yeah, another step in growing up, oh wait, stop it! Stay my baby for a little while longer.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Runny Nose 9/365

Runny Nose 9/365
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
Well, Addie caught the head cold the rest of us had, she has a stuffy nose and a very low grade fever that we are watching very closely and have gotten medicinal advice from the doc about. Oh, and that is her pink guard dog!.

Road Trip 8/365

Road Trip 8/365
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
One week old now!

Mom decided to go to a get together in western Sedgwick County. Adelaide is in her sling here getting ready to load up and tag along with mom. That's the way mom does it, baby goes with her almost everywhere.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Triplets? or Where's Addie 7/365

The baby doll on the left has at times been mistaken as a real baby and it's really bad when we don't realize people think it is real and we are walking along swinging it by it's leg. I am usually very afraid to leave it in the car but secretly wish for a hidden camera so I could put it in a car seat with a blanket, park it at a convenience store and let the mayhem ensue, maybe leave the windows open or a door open.

On second thoughts, nah, that wouldn't be any fun. I will stick to being straight-laced. Friday, March 7, 2009 . . . almost a week old.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Blanket done 6/365

Blanket done 6/365
Originally uploaded by kc0lex (Matthew)
Momma knit this blanket for little Addie. I love the look.