My wife and I went to Des Moines yesterday to deliver my entries for the Iowa State Fair Photo Competition. While we were in Des Moines we visited the Des Moines Arts Festival. On the way back to Waterloo we meandered across country visiting (and photographing) the farm I grew up on until I was 10, the little (really little) town of Williams, the town of Alden, Iowa and Iowa Falls, Iowa. So, I have 100s of photos to pick a photo of the day from. There was one consistent however, signs... here are 4 that stood out...
I didn't see their permit...
A sign of the times? This was posted on the outside wall of a parking ramp.
Ok - I know the sign refers to the weight of a truck 'cause they don't want to ruin their parking lot - but, it did strike me as an odd placement for a restaurant that has a buffett...
My favorite... (Click on a photo to view a largeri mage).
We went to our oldest son John's last night as they were having a "house concert" where they had invited a Celtic Musician to perform in their home. I'm not clear on the wheres, whens and whys...but it was a neat experience. He performed for about 2 hours - had everyone singing along - and mingled. He even stayed with them overnight before continuing on his journey... Here is a link to his website: http://www.marcgunn.com/. (Click on the photo to view a larger image).
I've got my 40th High School Class Reunion coming up next week (I know I don't look that old) and I will be taking "portrait style" photographs of those who attend. I've been playing around with 2 different backgrounds, the black and white checkered, and all black. I don't really want to switch back and forth, so I need to decide which one to use - so I thought I'd ask y'all. Which one do you like? I kinda like the BW Checkered - I graduated in 1969 it the checkered just seems to fit that era. Thoughts?
My wife took the top 2 photos - perhaps a budding photographer?
I did this one... (Click on a photo to view a larger image).
I was walking around our church yard and it was filled with activity (of the bird variety) and since I don't speak " Bird" I can only imagine what was going on. They were either having a parade, or some sort of discussion (argument).
I believe argument because the bird on the left was yapping and giving the other bird a hard time (do birds yap?)
Yet another storm passes through. I used the rain running down the window as a filter - for 2 reasons: (1) it makes a neat effect, and (2) it was raining cats and dogs and I would have gotten soaked, not to mention digital cameras don't like water!!! (Click on the photo to see the best effect).
Balls, balls, balls. We went to the church softball game last night (we lost) and as always I had my camera in hand.
Glove on the fence.
After the game we went downtown Cedar Falls and I took a few (actually a lot) of photos.
While I was taking pictures my wife visited her favorite yarn shop. When I was done I went to find her and discovered several happy knitters. I don't if they were happy from their knitting or the almost empty bottle of wine?
Since it seems to continue to be wet and cloudy outside I thought I would just continue with the raindrop theme of yesterday. Here are more raindrops - on pink... (Click on the photo to view a larger image).
I could have sworn I did a post for Monday - evidently not since I don't see one... I continued the safari in the yard and here is a close up of a clover... (Click on the photo to view a larger image).
We had a family gathering to celebrate June Birthdays. James (our 11 year old Grandson) had one of his art pieces displayed, a self-portrait he made in school. I can't say he looks like this - but, I find his intereptation with colors and bits of paper amazing. Art by James - photo of art by Grandpa Robert (Click on the photo to view a larger image).
I seem to see a lot of frogs standing guard duty in people's gardens. I think if a frog wants to work there is work to be had... This house must be a plumbers house as this frog has 6 plungers ready to go to work... (or perhaps they are faux balloons?) I prefer to think they are plungers at the ready... (Click on the photo to view a larger image).
We just discoverd a lake in the area - Big Woods Lake in Cedar Falls. We never knew it was there. It was gorgeous, and quiet with a few fisherpeople... M-m-m-m-m-m - I wonder - do Eagles hang out here? (Click on the photo to view a larger image).
Last December I entered the above photo in the 2009 Yamanashi Japan Sister State Photo Exhibition and Contest. The entries were displayed in a joint exhibition held during the 8th annual Yamanashi Citizens' Festival of Art and Culture.
There were 91 photographs entered from the State of Iowa, 17 from Chung Cheong Buk in South Korea, 16 from Saone-et-Loire in France and 12 from Minas Gerais in Brazil.
My photo, "Harvest Time" was awarded the Outstanding Prize and they sent the above pictured medal along with the certificate. It made my day...
After graduating from High School in May 1969 and while attending College I received my draft notice for the U. S. Army. Not caring for the color green I chose to follow in my Uncle’s footsteps and I joined the U. S. Navy in January 1971...30 years later...