Kansas, July 2015


Each July 4th the U.S. celebrates its birth as a nation. It was originally supposed to be July 1st but either through bad weather (which caused travel delays at a time when all roads were primitive) or from wicked hangovers caused by an over boisterous pre-signing celebration (accounts vary) the signing of the Declaration of Independence was delayed a few days. In any event, 239 years later Lyn and I spent this July 4th visiting our kids and grandkids in Kansas. While there we also visited relatives and a dear friend in Lawrence, Kansas, a lovely little city where Lyn and I had lived for many years.

As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does all the heavy lifting selecting the photos. And thank you sincerely for dropping by the Book of Bokeh. I would also like to invite you to visit my Book of Pain  poetry blog.


The lead-in photo is of cellist is David Downing, whom we met while he was busking in Lawrence and selling his self titled CD, which I bought. 🙂

Here we are gathering for the traditional friends/family/pets picnic/grill/fireworks get together.





Happily, while my grandson managed to blow lots of stuff up, none of it were his, or his sister’s or anybody else’s body parts.


Wheatfields in Lawrence, KS, is one of the best bakeries in the United States. Very European and all baked in a wood fired oven. it was a primary stop when visiting for the day.


Lawrence is a college town. No more need be said…


The Java Break is a unique, subterranean, 24 hour café with the safest tip jar in existence:


The Java Break also has a back room called The Free Speech Zone: two wooden tables and benches on which patrons are free to write any graffiti they like. Every few months they just paint over everything and start anew. Two exceptions are the vault door, left over from whatever business originally owned the building, and a door into the kitchen.



“Moose”, my grandson’s 11 month old ‘puppy.’ AKA “Bruce,” if you are Lyn.


Photo taken by my grandson using my camera. What can I say, it’s genetic!


And finally, two panoramas. Click on either to get a larger view.



All photographs and comments ©John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.

19 thoughts on “Kansas, July 2015

    • Thank you! He was a cutie, no doubt. I must have taken a dozen shots of him and this is the one I managed to pull out! 🙂

    • Thank you! I will pass your comment on. He enjoys it and wants to learn more. Sadly he is too far away for me to guide his progress.

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