Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sport Shooting - McPherson Bulldog Football vs. Tabor College

Saturday October 31 was a bright, clear day in the 50's. A perfect day for the McPherson Bulldog gridders to visit Tabor College to take on the Bluejays.

The Bulldogs controlled both sides of the ball all afternoon to earn a 43-10 triumph over the Bluejays. The McPherson offense rang up a season-best 588 yards of total offense on their way to the victory.

The victory takes the Bulldogs to 7-1. They have reached seven wins in a season only twice in the last 20 or so years. The defense continued their dominance of the second half of games by allowing no points and holding their hosts to 44 yards of offense for the half.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sport Shooting - McPherson Bulldog Football vs. Southwestern College

The McPherson College football team entered it's contest with the Southwestern College Moundbuilders looking to improve on their 5-1 record and #17 ranking in the NAIA poll.

The game started slowly with each team going three-and-out on their first possessions. But the Bulldogs turned the ball over on a fumble on the Moundbuilder's punt and quickly found themselves down by seven points early in the first quarter.

From that point forward the Bulldogs showed their teeth and the game was all McPherson: 48 unanswered points, five takeaways, seventeen tackles for loss, six pass breakups, three sacks, one blocked field goal.

The Bulldogs are currently tied for second in the KCAC standings with Friends, with undefeated Ottawa leading the league. Next week the Bulldog football team visits the Tabor College Bluejays in an away game at Hillsboro, KS.

It was a successful week for the Bulldog and Lady Bulldog soccer teams. The Ladies continued their string of shutouts with a 1-0 victory over Southwestern and a 3-0 win over Univ. of St. Mary. Men's Soccer extended their winning streak to ten games and an overall record of 11-1, defeating SWC 8-1 and USM 1-0. The men currently lead the KCAC soccer standings by two games over Kansas Wesleyan.

Photo of the Week - More from the Fall

We spent the weekend out in central Kansas visiting our children. Saturday morning dawned crystal clear and bright. We were far enough further south that the fall colors were just developing for many of the trees. These images are from the front lawn of our son's place in McPherson.

All The Colors

Morning Dew
Sun Beam
Fall Light

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Photo of the Week - Fall on the Missouri River

The seasons have turned from late summer to deep fall quickly this year. The July and August were wet and relatively cool. The trees should be primed for great colors. The maples are showing brilliant colors, but the oaks and other trees are apparently going to go from green to brown and drop their leaves. We've had a killing frost without a warm, dry period to push the trees into dormancy.

These two images are from the Missouri River valley near Beverly, MO. The panorama is the Weston Bluff. You can see the bright maples among the otherwise still-green trees.

This panorama is an eight image set, handheld, assembled with Photoshop CS4

Sports Update

We were not able to get to the McPherson College football game this weekend, but it was another successful Saturday for the Bulldogs.

McPherson scored 42 points in the first half, and went on to a 52-38 victory over the Kansas Wesleyan Univ. Coyotes.  The #16 ranked Bulldogs dominated the statistics through the first three quarters.  At that point Coach Brian Ward of the Bulldogs pulled his starters and the Coyotes scored some meaningless point on the McPherson freshmen and sophomores.

It was also a good weekend for both the Men's and Women's Soccer teams.  The Bulldog Men's team won their eighth straight contest 2-0 over the Friends Univ. Falcons.  The Women's team posted their second consecutive shutout, tieing the Lady Falcons 0-0.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sport Shooting - McPherson Bulldog Football vs. Univ. of St. Mary

McPherson College traveled to Leavenworth, KS to meet the University of St. Mary Spires in a KCAC Conference football game.

The Bulldogs were dominant from the beginning, holding the Spires to three-and-out following the opening kickoff. McPherson then took the ball 68 yards in five plays to score the first touchdown of the game. For the day the Bulldogs would never trail in the score.

The defense had one of their best days of the season. The Bulldog defenders held the Spires offense in check in the first half with two three-and-outs, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. All the USM turnovers resulted in McPherson touchdowns.

The first half ended 51-0 in favor of the McPherson College Bulldogs. The final score was 58-13 McPherson.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Digital Photography Shares in Nobel Prize !

This morning it was announced that Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith of Bell Labs are being honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of the charge-coupled device (CCD) imaging sensor. The CCD sensor was the invention that led to the wide range of digital imaging tools that we have today.

They are sharing the Physics prize with Charles Kao. Kao is being honored as the inventor of fiber optic data transfer. With out this invention we photographers couldn't share our work around the globe via the internet nearly as easily or cheaply as we do!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sports Shooting - McPherson College vs. Sterling College

This past weekend was Homecoming at McPherson College, and Bulldogs met the Sterling College Warriors in football on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs and the Warriors both entered the game with identical 2-1 records. In a hard fought battle the Bulldogs defense shut down the national ranked rushing attack of the Warriors, coming away with a 21-0 victory. It was the first shutout for the McPherson defense since 1997.