Monday, May 31, 2010

Photo Weave


This is photo of a photo weave. I made 2 8 x 10s of the same photograph, cut 1" strips vertically in one, and 1" strips horizontally in the other and than weaved them together. Makes for an interesting effect...
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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pansies


With a couple of effects added...
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Got It!


Got it - the first baseman art the church softball league got the fly.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Retriever


I attended a church softball game last night and this golden retriever was sitting with his master observing all of the comings and goings. He has that sad look in his eyes - so many balls being thrown about and he wasn't allowed to retrieve even one...
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Drinking and Driving


Apparently drinking and driving was an issue in pioneer days as well...
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

He Went That Way


It's that time of year - looks like he pointing...
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Sparrow


Sometimes unexpected events create good photographs. I was taking a close up of this sparrow on the bird feeder and just as I snapped the shutter a red car went by on the street in my field of vision. Since I was using a large aperture the action was blurred - so I have the red blur of the red car and the green blur of the grass. Makes for a cool photo. I'd like to say I planned it all out - but, alas I did not.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Yellow Flower


Yesterday we went to a 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration and this is a photo of their flower arrangement.
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You...


Keep your feet OFF the table!!
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Another Cardinal


Ok - I've got the catching the red bird down - now my sights are set on a blue one (and red, and yellow, and an eagle if they should show up).
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cello Player


We attended our grandson's orchestra concert last night and I noticed this cello player and wondered how she sees her music? The grandpa in me says, "You need a hair thingy..." The photographer in me says, "Cool photo...reminds me of Cousin It from The Adams Family."
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Red Guy


A cardinal at the nature center
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Gold Finch


We had our Photo Club Meeting at Wickiup Nature Area in Cedar Rapids. As I was leaving I looked out at the feeders and saw all this yellow. I just had to get my camera and take a few photographs. There must be little TVs in the feeder because they are all so intent on watching something.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Little Brown Church in the Vale

The Little Brown Church in the Vale

I'm getting to be like my Dad - returning from Minneapolis we "meandered" across country using the back roads. We stopped at the Little Brown Church in the Vail in Nashua, Iowa. This view is from the back of the church.

This view is from the pulpit.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Shhhhhh - Don't Wake the Kitty


We visited Como Zoo today in St. Paul.... the kitty's were sleeping...
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Friday, May 14, 2010

There One Minute - Gone The Next


It's been raining for the past 2 days and then this evening as we were driving to New Prague, MN a rainbow popped up.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Some Days Are Better Than Others

We are in Minneapolis for a Credit Union meeting and had the opportunity to visit one of our granddaughters at her gymnastic practice. She is fearless and according to the coach extremely talented. She had burned (I imagine on the mat) her hands earlier, but she wanted to show us her bar routine. Her hands just wouldn't cooperate. Alas, some days are better than others.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's Cold


Iowa weather being what it is - is cold!!! Feels like fall, not spring. We went to a graduation party and there was a bonfire to keep everyone warm.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Grand Opening Iowa City Armory


We had to travel to Iowa City yesterday to get Helen's Military Dependents ID Card updated for her medical insurance. We went to where we "thought" the armory was - but it wasn't there as it had fallen victim to the 2008 floods. A couple of strangers gave us directions to the new armory and when we arrived - there was a grand opening ceremony going on. As we drove in the gate the flag was going up, there were soldiers saluting, civilians rendering honors and TV Cameras running. Perfect timing we thought - no way were we going to get an ID Card. But, the ID Card guy was more than happy to help us so he didn't have to listen to all of the speeches. I snapped this picture of a retired major general on horseback. I have to say it was the most entertaining ID Card trip we've every had...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Mimosa


We celebrated Mother's Day yesterday and shared Mimosas.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Queen of Everything


Lousy day outside to take photographs today...here is a "portrait" I did of Ms. Red Ball for a Photo Club Assignment. It didn't win - apparently I'm the only one who thought it was cute...
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Bird on A Perch


Ok - perhaps I'm obsessing with this bird watching/picture taking... I took the storm window off, removed the screen and opened the window so that I could get a clearer picture. Shooting through glass - well - just wasn't good enough. I also am finding out feeding the wildlife adds up quickly - they're hungry little buggers. I vow to wander out and about farther tomorrow...
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Helen


This is Helen - my spouse of 25 years and 2 days. She sits quietly when I ask her to be my model. She even "totes and carries" when I need help taking pictures on a photo shoot. Most of the pictures I take of her I don't get to post because she just doesn't like the way she looks in photographs - so - either this is a really good photograph of her (yes - I got her permission to post it), or she is giving up... I know it's the first!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Another New Guest


This rabbit has joined the ducks, squirrels, and birds under the feeder.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Trinity Stained Glass


It seems I always have a camera with me (in the event an alien lands on my hood) and while I was wondering around the church the light hit this window just right to illuminate it with some magnificent color.
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Monday, May 3, 2010

HDR Grundge


Playing around with HDR and "Grundge" - this is the chicken coop on the Myers farm - a different look.
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

25th Anniversary


Helen and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary yesterday with an open house. This is a macro (HDR) image of our centerpiece.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Music In The Dark


This photo was taken Thursday night at a dinner the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival held at the CU Restaurant in downtown Waterloo. It was tough taking photographs because it was dark - but, I do believe this one sets the mood.
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