I Heart Kansas

I Heart Kansas

Kansas is an underrated state. For those of us that have lived here all our lives, it can be difficult to see beauty in the rolling hills, abundant plains and open vistas. But, in those lands are symbols of America and our way of life out here in Kansas. The windmills of the past and toil of the farmers show our dedication and hard work, and the new, rather controversial ones show our (although this is questionable as of late – thanks, Brownback!) progressive attitude and embracement of new technology.

It took a number of year to see it myself, but I Heart Kansas!  I took this photo while on a photo adventure day with my good friend and mentor, Laura George (http://wherethegoldbeesdream.blogspot.com), a fellow native.  We had a great day together roaming the dirt back roads, spotting windmills, wildflowers and wildlife amidst our bursts of laughter and conversation.  I hope to share more photos as I go through them!


(The above photo, as with all original content on this site, is copyright and property of the owner, Luke A. Bunker, 2013.)

Happy Saturday!

Have you ever put something off so long that, out of the blue, you just get the motivation to get it done and move on with life?  Well, my goal for today is getting the contents of all my memory cards verified with my laptop and external hard drives, clearing them off, formatting them, and getting them put back in their proper case and into my new (OK, got it as a gift last year but just now using, LOL) camera bag!

The biggest task (probably bigger than one weekend of productivity can match) will be making sure that my new 1TB external hard drive (purchased rather than dealing with formatting issues between my PC and Mac) gets everything onto it, edited, processed and organized!  No more duplications of folders and thousands of pictures from this point forward!  Or, so I tell myself…

Coffee = Productivity
(c) 2012 – Luke A. Bunker.  All Rights Reserved, dammit!  🙂

Armed with coffee and a rambunctious niece, I am on a productive roll!  Might head to the office to get some things wrapped up before I go back to school (still in Dodge) next week.  It will be my last shot at overtime for a while, and I need to pay for those Bose headphones and get a handle on the holy mess that is inventory!!  😉  I’m also hoping to catch up with a friend who is on break from university and finally see Les Miserables.  Also on the docket for this weekend is figuring out my schedule, which has been giving me a total headache and I am ready to put it to rest!  I plan to pay for my classes and get one or two of them changed on Monday and visit my high school journalism adviser.  I think I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my TripAdvisor reviews will never be complete, but that’s OK!  Life is too short to worry about such trivial things.

So much to do and so little time!

Happy Saturday, everyone!


Perched by Luke A. Bunker
Perched, a photo by Luke A. Bunker on Flickr.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on my blog, so I suppose a picture is a good a way as any to get back in the swing of things!

Classes for the year are over and I’m taking the summer off from school to work and do a bit of traveling. Hopefully, being in the land I love will help inspire me and get me back to posting! I hope to make some great memories and take some great photos, which I also hope to do a better job of sharing.

This photo was taken in our front yard. The neighbors probably thought I was crazy chasing butterflies for a good fifteen minutes!

Here’s to a great summer of travel and photography!

Happy Easter!

I hope this Easter finds everyone in happiness and good health. We enjoyed a pretty quiet day today (it was my first church-less Easter, also). We watched “We Bought A Zoo” – a truly wonderful, awesome, positive, inspiring film that I recommend everyone watch with their families – movies like this, including making me teary-eyed, don’t come along often!

We also enjoyed steaks grilled by Dad and me, a salad I made (picture and “recipe” included), and strawberries with whipped cream. To top things off, we’re even getting to enjoy a few hours with my precious niece, who turns 9 months old today! It’s amazing how many things can change in that time – I’ve successfully completed one semester of college and am about to complete another, had a great trip to Arizona, and taken more time for myself. Can’t wait to see what the next nine months wil bring!

Happy Easter,

Via Flickr:
Private Selection Organic Baby Spring Mix (from Kroger, about 1/2-1/3 of the container, eyeball it!)
1 whole Hass Avocado, rusticly chopped
Tablespoon or two of Hendrickson’s Sweet Vinegar & Olive Oil dressing
A few chunks of Oaxaca Mexican or other cheese
Multigrain Club crackers, crumbled to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Mix the spring mix, avocado, salt/pepper and dressing into a large mixing bowl. Then, serve on each plate with desired amount of cheese and crackers for topping. Serves three comfortably but add more of each if serving a crowd. Simple, easy and yummy!

Paris, je t’aime…

Paris, je t'aime... by Luke A. Bunker
Paris, je t’aime…, a photo by Luke A. Bunker on Flickr.

I miss Paris so much and can’t wait to go back. I reflected in detail in writing for the first time for an essay and have really been feeling the travel bug! 🙂 Yes, the essay will of course be shared soon once it has been edited/revised!

Via Flickr:
It’s true! This is the Eiffel Tower and Parisian buildings as viewed from L’Arc de Triomphe.

Lifeguard Chair at Barcelona Beach

Oh, how I long to be back at the beach (hopefully with a slimmer me!)…

I really regret not bringing my camera with me to the beach in Barcelona the one afternoon we were there… (You’re probably wondering how I took this picture, then, am I right?  We did go the ice bar in Barcelona on our final night in town, so I was able to snap a few pictures – yahoo!!)  I lost out on several photographic opportunities (sailboats and yachts on the marina!!), but I also had never taken my nicer camera to the beach and was afraid I might damage it.

I’ve since learned that my camera is fairly durable, and if I take caution and care, it will be fine. Moral of the story? When I am on vacation, I will never, ever, ever leave my camera at the hotel!!

Where the Gold Bees Dream…

This picture was taken in Arizona, and I feel it necessary to tell my readers that right after I snapped a couple pictures of this feller, he started to buzz off in my general direction, and therefore I ran off (in the other direction, of course!) like a little girl! 🙂

Via Flickr:
This photo is an homage to my awesome friend, Laura George, of LKG Photography. She and her blog, wherethegoldbeesdream.blogspot.com, are an inspiration to me to live life better, learn more about myself and my world, and truly live life positively and to its fullest. She attributes this quote – "Where the Gold Bees Dream" – to Oscar Wilde.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Christmas Ornament by Luke A. Bunker
Christmas Ornament, a photo by Luke A. Bunker on Flickr.

We had a great Christmas Eve last night (where it is tradition to look at lights around town and then come home to eat snacks and open gifts). It is my niece’s first Christmas, so we are especially fortunate to have shared in the joy and cheer of Christmas with her!

This morning and afternoon we will be headed to my brother’s to have a traditional Christmas meal and have fellowship with my uncle John, who came in town for Christmas!! ( 🙂 !!)

I want to wish you all the merriest of Christmas and the happiest of new years!!

Via Flickr:
My brother’s girlfriend received this ornament as a present for Christmas, and I just had to snap a pic!

Grand Canyon in Snow, at Sunset

I recently got back from my trip to Arizona, where I met my brother in Phoenix. He ended up getting out of training early on Friday, so we blazed through Flagstaff to get to the Grand Canyon during sunset – what a beautiful sight! However, I must say that it was a "Dodge City kind of" cold day – the wind from the Grand Canyon was fierce, but we enjoyed it all the same.

Don’t worry – there are more pictures to come!