© Jeana Clark


Jeana Clark level-classic 1/25/2009 8:28:59 AM

Liebenthal, a small town in west-central Kansas, was founded by German-Russian emigrants from the Volga region of Russia in 1876. It is the oldest of several similar settlements in Ellis and Rush counties. As devout Catholics, religion played a large part in the lives of the early inhabitants of these communities, and they built several impressive stone churches. The cornerstone for St. Joseph's Kirche (Church) was laid in 1902, and the new church was dedicated in 1905. Subsequent additions included a parish house and school building. Unfortunately the church and parish house were destroyed by fire in 1917. These were rebuilt, and the present church was dedicated in 1921.
Liebenthal is located next to Big Timber Creek, a tributary of the Smoky Hill River. This vicinity is part of the Blue Hills physiographic region, which is underlain by chalk, limestone and shale bedrock. The Fencepost Limestone is a chalky limestone bed that was quarried widely for construction purposes, including thousands of fenceposts and many buildings, bridges, towers, and churches. This limestone is relatively soft and easily worked when first exposed; after drying, it becomes a handsome stone that endures the relatively dry climate of western Kansas quite well. It is the primary stone of St. Joseph's Church and other German-Russian Catholic churches of the region. #1073391

Dianna Murphy 1/25/2009 8:36:38 AM

Wow, Jeana
Both images are incredible. The light is glorious. That shy in the second image is gorgeous. #7083967

Ron McEwan 1/25/2009 9:13:32 AM

Outstanding capture here and the warm light makes these images even more beautiful. Jeana there are folks here in MO who have gone out to KS and got some of those stone post for ornamental fence in their yards. #7084148

Jeana Clark level-classic 1/25/2009 9:22:40 AM

Good Morning Dianna and Ron!!!
Thanks so much!!
I really appreciate your kind
thoughts and comments!!!
Yes, Ron!! I've wanted a limestone
post with our name on it for years...I'm still waiting too!!
But they do make awesome fences as well!!



~J~ #7084179

Melissa G. Meiselman 1/25/2009 9:27:58 AM

Both photos are really beautiful with vivid color and great composition, Jeana!! Your historical description is terrific, as well!! #7084190

Judy A. Lawhon 1/25/2009 10:27:52 AM

Thank you for including all the wonderful history of this magnificent church, Jeana. Beautifully composed with fantastic color and effects!! #7084342

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 1/25/2009 10:49:41 AM

Love the effects and colours on both images, Jeana. Fantastic history too. #7084400

Melissa Olsen 1/25/2009 10:51:29 AM

OMG! Outstanding Jeana! Wonderful vivid color, beautiful light and those clouds frame the entire picture with drama and beauty...so very well done! Does a photo come any better than this; not for me! #7084405

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 1/25/2009 11:38:06 AM

WOW Jeana, bnoth are OUTSTANDING!!!
Awsome colors and love that sky!

Gina Cormier level-classic 1/25/2009 11:50:20 AM

Holy Cow!!!! Jeana, this is magnificent!! Beautiful light, color and comp!! #7084569

Michelle Alton 1/25/2009 12:39:27 PM

Beautiful images, Jeana, and a marvelous history to accompany them. #7084818

Lynne Morris 1/25/2009 12:43:16 PM

Wow both images are fantastic Jeana, love the lighting, colours and effects, great work. #7084841

Bojan Bencic level-classic 1/25/2009 1:17:58 PM

Fantastic photo, Jeana. Glad you decided to stop and capture this beauty. Nice history, too. #7085081

Tammy Espino 1/25/2009 1:48:38 PM

A beautiful scene and fantastic capture! #7085226

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 1/25/2009 1:49:48 PM

Outstanding image, beautiful work Jeana! #7085228

Erin Appelbaum level-classic 1/25/2009 1:59:05 PM

Spectacular shots Jeana. Awesome color and composition. Peter #7085266

Daniella Puente 1/25/2009 2:22:32 PM

Absolutely AMAZING light and wonderful colors on this scene Jeana!!!!!!!! #7085391

Renee Doyle level-classic 1/25/2009 2:39:14 PM

Very beautiful presentation of this amazing and gorgeous church Jeana! #7085484

Bill Knaps level-classic 1/25/2009 2:50:14 PM

Jeana this is so beautiful. Wow....Bill #7085537

Susan Weisensel level-classic 1/25/2009 3:14:44 PM

Wow, I bet you can see that steeple for a long way. Both photos are beautiful. #7085601

Jeana Clark level-classic 1/25/2009 3:25:54 PM

Good Evening Everyone!!!
Thanks so much for your wonderful
comments and input!!!
I so appreciate your fantastic encouragement!!!
I have always loved this church.
Yes, Susan...You CAN see the steeple from long distances as the terrain is pretty flat..imagine that!!!
I've taken many shots of this church, but haven't been successful...
wrong time of day..wrong lighting...wrong angle..wrong Everything!!! Hope I got it this time!!!!
Thanks again so much for your support!!


~J~ #7085639

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 1/25/2009 3:43:49 PM

Well No Worries ~DH~!!!
I Think you "Got" It This Time!!!

Holy Cow!!
What a Beautiful Church and Stunning Captures of It!!
Excellent Detail and COLOR!!!
Nicely Done ~S.....Y~!

I Hope Your Sunday was Peaceful

Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q #7085686

Deb Koskovich 1/25/2009 3:51:47 PM

Bingo, she nailed it!! Fabulous image, Jeana -- the colors, clarity and light are all spot on. #7085708

Ken Smith level-classic 1/25/2009 5:53:14 PM

Whoa!!! I thought you took a trip to Europe! Both are outstanding, Jeana. Colors are popping...love those colors...love the comp on the first one, with the fence line headed to the church! #7086249

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 1/25/2009 6:09:47 PM

Oh WOW, Blondie!!!!!! The lighting is totally incredible in both images!!!!!! BEEEEEEEEEEEEAUUUUUUUUUUTIFUL!!!!! :-) Ma #7086321

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 1/25/2009 6:20:03 PM

Amazing capture and very beautiful, girl! I sure wish you could have come t see me! :( I guess you will have to come to Waynesville this summer...I have 2 guests rooms. :) #7086363

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 1/25/2009 6:20:16 PM

Amazing capture and very beautiful, girl! I sure wish you could have come t see me! :( I guess you will have to come to Waynesville this summer...I have 2 guests rooms. :) #7086364

Sam Britt 1/25/2009 7:22:40 PM

Beautiful images - both of them! Great composition, color & effects. #7086578

Shannon D. Miller 1/25/2009 7:48:01 PM

This is GORGEOUS Jenna! The light is AMAZING!! BEAUTIFUL capture! Shannon~ #7086698

Vitor Dias 1/26/2009 3:46:24 AM

Superb work JEANA.
Thanks for your comments on my work.
rgs Vitor #7088240

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 1/26/2009 4:09:11 AM

Amazingly beautiful image and colours here, Jeana, WoW!!!!

Dominick #7088356

Jeana Clark level-classic 1/26/2009 7:09:28 AM

Thanks so much for your
kind thoughts!!!
I so appreciate them!!!
A trip to Europe??
Don't I wish!!!! NAH!!
I can't seem to get further
away then 100 miles~
Thanks again!!!!


~J~ #7089143

Aimee S. McMaster 1/26/2009 8:31:35 AM

..this is soooooo beautiful Jeana...winner...Aimee #7089529

Debra R. Harder 1/26/2009 9:00:27 AM

This is such a great image, Jeana! The lighting, colors, tones, composition and details are SUPERB! Perfect in every way! Deb #7089664

BILLY R. PARKER 1/26/2009 9:06:11 AM


anonymous 1/26/2009 9:53:28 AM

Beautiful image Jeana with excellent lighting, tones and composition. B- #7089891

Nikki McDonald level-classic 1/27/2009 3:59:42 PM

Beautiful tones and light and I love the pov -- the foreground is great. #7095552

Jennifer L. Alder 1/29/2009 12:47:14 AM

Oh, what a glorious structure!!!
GORGEOUS treatment my dear- love the colors and light.
GREAT work, Jeana, as always :) #7100788

Donna R. Wageman 1/29/2009 2:06:00 PM

GOD BLESS!!!! #7103369

Donna R. Wageman 1/29/2009 2:07:15 PM

GOD BLESS!!!! #7103376

Donna R. Wageman 1/29/2009 2:07:15 PM

GOD BLESS!!!! #7103377

Donna R. Wageman 1/29/2009 2:07:15 PM

GOD BLESS!!!! #7103378

Donna R. Wageman 1/29/2009 2:07:15 PM

GOD BLESS!!!! #7103379

Donna R. Wageman 1/29/2009 2:07:15 PM

GOD BLESS!!!! #7103380

Iris Greenwell 1/31/2009 12:24:57 PM

Wow, this is a photo with impact. Beautiful colors, composition and light.
Iris #7110622

Nikki McDonald level-classic 2/1/2009 7:15:40 PM

Beautiful EP, Jeana. Congrats. #7115566

Jeana Clark level-classic 2/2/2009 7:26:15 PM

Good Evening
Donna x's 6 LOL!!
Iris..Nikki again....

Thanks so much!!!
I really appreciate your thoughts
and comments!!!
I so love this church....it's beauty
really seems to make a statement..
Thank You again!!!!


~J~ #7119765

A P 2/23/2009 10:26:42 AM

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CONGRATULATIONS on your outstanding finalist. Best of Luck in the next round. #7198249

Phil Stith 2/23/2009 10:31:57 AM

Kudos for a terrific finalist! #7198327

Vladan D. Djordjevic 2/23/2009 10:42:03 AM

Huge congratulations on your superb finalist! #7198510

Tammy Espino 2/23/2009 10:47:29 AM

Congrats!! :) #7198616

Erin Appelbaum level-classic 2/23/2009 11:02:18 AM

WTG!!! Jeana. Best of luck next round. Peter #7198874

Christian Rosito level-classic 2/23/2009 11:12:05 AM

Congratulations again Jeana!! #7199010

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 2/23/2009 11:50:12 AM

Let Me Do Flip Flops!!
Woooo Hooooo ~BG~!!
Fantastic Finalist!!


Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 2/23/2009 12:10:18 PM

WTG, Blondie!!!!!!
Humongus congratulations on this fantastic finalist!!!!!!! :-) Ma #7199771

John Connolly level-classic 2/23/2009 12:28:14 PM

Congratulations on this well deserving finalist, Jeana! Your information and history is worth an award as well! #7199938

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 2/23/2009 12:43:13 PM

HOOAH, Ellie May, I mean Miss Jeana!! Congrats on all your finalists and good luck!! ♥ #7200044

Bojan Bencic level-classic 2/23/2009 1:22:51 PM

Congratulations on your fantastic finalists, Jeana! #7200396

Colette M. Metcalf 2/23/2009 1:40:48 PM

Congrats!!!! #7200624

Gina Cormier level-classic 2/23/2009 1:47:56 PM

Congrats!!!! #7200714

Monnie Ryan 2/23/2009 2:04:44 PM

And another congratulations, Jeana! #7200916

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/23/2009 2:26:08 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Jeana!! #7201205

Tamara K. Walker level-classic 2/23/2009 2:36:56 PM


Candice C. Calhoun level-classic 2/23/2009 2:51:39 PM

Congratulations for your marvelous finalist, WTG!

ccc #7201476

Nikki McDonald level-classic 2/23/2009 3:20:05 PM

Congratulations on this inspiring finalist, Jeana. Love everything about it and sure hope it goes on. #7201719

Michelle Alton level-classic 2/23/2009 4:24:02 PM

Jeana...a brilliant month for you. Congratulations on this and all your other Finalists! #7202181

Susan Weisensel level-classic 2/23/2009 5:31:13 PM

Congrats Farmer Gal. #7202908

Cathy Barrows 2/23/2009 5:36:10 PM

Congrats on your finalist...very pretty #7202954

Teresa A. Burnett level-classic 2/23/2009 6:43:03 PM

Another huge congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Jeana!! #7203609

Sabrina Ryan level-classic 2/23/2009 6:56:31 PM

Congratulations on this Wonderful Finalist, Jeana. Another one, Wow! #7203778

Jennifer L. Alder level-classic 2/23/2009 7:07:52 PM

Big congrats, Jeana!!! #7203941

Denny E. Barnes level-classic 2/23/2009 7:17:13 PM

Outstanding!!! Congratulations on your very beautiful and well deserved finalist, Jeana!! Good luck in the next round!! #7204063

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 2/23/2009 8:56:42 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this awesome Finalist, Jeana.

Usman. #7204918

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 2/23/2009 9:08:29 PM

Jeana- Another one. Way to go my friend. Congratulations once more for your beautiful work receiving another Finalist. Way to go girl. #7204966

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 2/23/2009 10:20:42 PM

I'm so glad to see this image among the finalists, it's glorious! A huge congratulations! #7205258

Ken Smith level-classic 2/24/2009 5:13:06 AM

Awesome, Jeana. Congrats on your multiple finalists! #7206836

Jeff Robinson level-classic 2/24/2009 8:06:23 AM

Congrats Jeana on this Excellent Finalist! Jeff #7207495

Melissa Olsen 2/24/2009 8:39:35 AM

Another GREAT win! #7207662

Laurie Daily level-classic 2/24/2009 9:53:08 AM

Another great one, Jeana!!!Congratulations to you! #7208118

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 2/24/2009 11:17:25 AM

Congratulations Jeana, hope to see this again in the gold!

jo ann c. #7208509

Terri L. Scribner 2/24/2009 5:48:38 PM

WTG!! Beautiful finalist, Jeana!!! #7210616

Corinne M. Thompson 2/25/2009 10:02:00 AM

Congrats on your Finalist for this fabulous image! #7213874

Tommy E. Burgess 2/25/2009 10:35:20 AM

Huge congratulations on this gorgeous Finalist Jeana!!! #7214024

Jeana Clark level-classic 2/25/2009 10:54:31 AM

Thank you All so very Much
for you wonderfully kind
and continuious support!!!
I so appreciate it!!!!


~J~ #7214096

Linda Blair 2/28/2009 7:10:43 AM

Beautiful....congratulations!!!! #7225489

Ron Roberts 3/2/2009 2:40:43 PM


Nancy (Peaches) Harker 3/5/2009 2:39:49 PM


HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist!



Jeana Clark level-classic 3/5/2009 7:50:37 PM

Good Evening Linda..Ron and Peaches!
Thanks so much!!!
I really appreciate your stopping by!!
Your continued support means alot!!!


~J~ #7249021

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I have passed this beautiful
church many times.
It is located south of Hays Kansas.
I finally decided to stop last weekend.
This was taken in the early evening.
Additional image and history will
be in the discussion area.


72mm ~ F/8 ~ 1/200sec. ~ ISO-160

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.30, ExposureTime: 10/2000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 160, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 71.50 mm, Model: DSC-R1

Uploaded on 1/25/2009 8:26:44 AM

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