Kansas Photobook: Trees in Autumn

I love going for walks on the weekends, when I don’t have to be cooped up behind a desk all day.  And, although this weekend was too cold to spend much time outside, I did have the opportunity to look over a number of photos I’ve taken over the last couple of months.  I found myself particularly drawn to several shots of trees, which tell the story of the changing seasons. Here are some of my favorites.

From the Wetlands south of Lawrence, KS, October 25, 2013:Processed with VSCOcam with s4 preset

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From Clinton Lake, November 1, 2013:IMG_1857



Just off of 9th St., Lawrence, KS, November 1, 2013:IMG_1870


In the country, south of Lawrence, KS, November 9, 2013:IMG_1904



Near Watkins Museum, 11th and Mass., Lawrence, KS, November 15, 2013:IMG_1920



In front of the Carnegie Building, 9th and Vermont, Lawrence, KS, November 15th, 2013:IMG_1924


Just outside my apartment, Lawrence, KS, November 22, 2013:Processed with VSCOcam with p8 preset

Images from The Graffiti Room at The Java Break

If you’re at a loss for things to do in Lawrence, KS, the default options are to either go to a bar or to a coffee shop.  For the indecisive, there are a couple of combination bar/coffee shops, like Henry’s and The Bourgeios Pig.  However, for those who like to do one thing at a time, keeping your bar life and coffee shop life separate, there’s The Java Break, the only coffee shop in town open 24 hours a day.  The 24/7 business model allows people to either spend endless hours at a coffee shop instead of a bar; or to get a cup of coffee and then go to a bar; or to go to a bar and then get a cup of coffee after the bars close at 2 a.m.; or to get a cup of coffee, go to a bar, then get a cup of coffee after leaving the bar.  It’s a system that works.

Writers face similar challenges.  Write at a bar?  Write at a coffee shop?  Which to choose?  While some people write in notebooks or on laptop computers, other people take to writing on walls and tables with felt-tipped pens and permanent markers.  Perhaps this is a way of getting exposure for their work, similar to keeping a blog; I don’t know.  But there is a room at The Java Break dedicated to those people who can’t stand being confined to the traditional page and who just have to get their work out there somehow.

If ever you happen to go to The Java Break, be sure to go into the Graffiti Room and read the walls, because, as one graffiti-ist put it, “Earth without art is just ‘eh.’”

Here are some other memorable works: