Kayaking on James River, Springfield Missouri by Gary Allman

Today was a busy day.

We decided to take advantage of the weather and go kayaking on the James River this morning. I’m glad we did, as the temperatures got up to 72°F (22°C), giving me my first chance this year to expose my legs to the air. Despite the warm weather the lake was still frozen in a couple of out of the way places.

We couldn’t stay out on the lake for too long, as we volunteered to take kids to the 2011 Bishop’s Ball, and I also volunteered to take some pictures while we were there. We had another reason to be going though. We’d been tipped off that Alek was to receive an ‘Outstanding Youth’ award, and we wanted to be there to see him receive it. The evening was good fun, though it’s been twenty odd years since I’ve done event photography, and it showed in the pictures, I need to wear contacts if I’m going to do any shoots like this in future. It also didn’t help that the flash only worked every second shot. Anyway, Alek looked pleased with his award and Ginger was very happy to be there to see him receive it, and it was good to see the girls all dressed up for the night.

Once I’d finished taking pictures we headed home, leaving the kids to get on with their evening – unlike last year when I headed out to the bars.

I was so wrapped up in taking other people’s pictures at the Ball, I forgot to get one of myself, so one of my pictures from earlier in the day, sitting enjoying the sun in my Kayak will have to do.

Today’s out takes & extras

Kayaking on James River, Springfield Missouri

Out take: Kayaking on James River, Springfield Missouri

Kayaking on James River, Springfield Missouri

Out take: Kayaking on James River, Springfield Missouri

Kayaking on James River, Springfield Missouri

James River, Springfield Missouri



And at the Bishops Ball:

Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri Youths' Bishop's Ball 2011

Alek - Outstanding Youth award

Alek, Lanie and Katie

Alek, Lanie and Katie

Ginger

Ginger



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