A Much Needed Break!

Last week I was driving home from Vegas.  I drove from Vegas to Denver on the first leg (about 12 hours) and planned to drive through Kansas the following day (about 8 hours).  While I was in Colorado my wife and I were on the phone discussing my plans,

Sarah:  “Take your time tomorrow, have fun and take some pictures!”

Me:  “Are you kidding, I am just going to drive straight home… there is absolutely nothing to see in Kansas on I-70”

Boy was I wrong!

I made a pit stop in Victoria, Kansas after several hours of driving.  At the gas station I saw a sign for the “Cathedral of the High Plains”.  I thought to myself, “there is no way there is a cool Cathedral here, its the middle of nowhere” (sorry to those who live in Victoria, but really there is nothing out there!)

I asked the gas station attendant if the cathedral was open as he handed me my change for the Unsweetened Tea I had purchased.

Attendant: “1, 2, 3 hundred dollars.  It sure is open, go check it out.” he said with a smile as he handed me three one dollar bills.

I decided to check it out as it was only a mile or so from I-70.  I ended up spending nearly an hour and a half there.  It was gorgeous.  I was bouncing back and forth from the pews to my camera paying my respects to the alter and trying to capture its beauty in my camera.

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Vertorama Style

When I am in these gorgeous cathedrals I cannot help but take some Vertoramas (vertical panoramas).  These offer such awesome perspectives of the entire room.  They enable you to capture the glory of a cathedral from the floor to the ceiling.  At first it appears odd as you can see every aspect of the room on the same plane.  However, when your eyes adjust you realize you are looking at the ceiling, middle ground, and floor on the same image.

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Look at this one, you can see the ceiling fan in the room on the top third of the image.  I love the perspective it adds.

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Blake Rudis
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