An interesting view with the cloud behind the cross.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I was working with lighting and backdrops and had no one to pose - so, I posed my self. That's a bit challenging to get, not only the lights right, but to sit in the right place, smile, and remember to keep my head down to avoid glare in my glasses. I shot at least 100 photos until I got 3 that were ok - which turned into the one above [I didn't dress up]. I was rescued by Andrea, my oldest step daughter who agreed to sit and pose while I putzed... much better looking than the original subject!!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Our friends in Mount Vernon, Iowa live in the country and I felt like a kid in a candy store with only dime to spend - what do I take a picture of - there were sooo many gorgeous images. This little bird and I played hide and seek. It turns out I was a bit more patient then he was 'cause he gave up and decided to have his supper.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
On our trip to Galena we visited a couple of eclectic shops filled with a host of "stuff". In one shop there were four t-pots - three were silver and the 4th red. I changed the photo to black and white - with the exception of the red t-pot - it seems to fit better...
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Ms Lady Cardinal visited today. She is normally very skittish, but today she stayed long enough for me to go and get a camera, turn it on, set it up, focus and shoot. She stayed still for a couple of poses - as if posing for a portrait. No if I could only get Mr. to sit still...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
|Floating Down the Mississippi|
Helen and I went to Galena, Illinois [to discover a lot of the shops are closed Mondays and Tuesdays], and then on to the Port of Dubuque where we visited the recently renovated river museum and aquarium. As we were purchasing tickets the girl at the desk said, "$36 please". I inquired about a military discount and she said they had one for active duty, and asked if I was active duty. I was flattered to think that she thought this old fat fart was still on active duty, but I told her, "No, but that I did 30 years of active duty".
"Oh my...", she said, paused and then continued, "It's a stupid rule - $12 please."
"Are you sure?"
"Yep...enjoy the museum."
I will say she was the highlight of the day. We watched the 4D Film on Sharks and that was, well, interesting. Oh - what is the 4th D? You feel it - when the sharks get close, in addition to the 3D effect - the seat wiggled and water sprinkled...!! I do wish they had forewarned me BEFOREHAND as I had a camera in hand and didn't appreciate getting it wet. Helen threw her body over the camera to protect it, so all was well. [I'm kidding about Helen throwing her body...]
Boy - did I digress from the photo - the couple pictured is floating down the Mississippi on the "Riff-Raft" and canoes. They stop along the way to explore, camp and meet people. Their craft doesn't look very river worthy, but they seemed determined.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
|Barn Precisely At Sundown|
As we driving back from Des Moines the Sun was setting so I quickly got off of the interstate and took this photo - note the golden glow on the barn, grass and plants.
|Barn 1 Minute Later|
Not one minute later the golden glow had subsided...
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This is photograph of Concert Violinist Tricia Park who was part of the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival which was held in Waterloo/Cedar Falls August 9-15. I took this during a rehearsal for the last concert - the Fire Concert. Additional information can be found at http://www.cvcmf.com.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
We've had 2 granddaughters all week and for the most part Grandma has been in charge of crafts and entertainment. (Although Grandpa was in charge of taking in the "snake show" [refer to my other blog for details]). Last night Ania and Grandpa worked on making photo weaves - she's better than grandpa, or at least quicker. The granddaughters will be taking home a lot more "stuff" than they came with, but that's what grandparents are for...
Today they tell me that a hawk was chasing one the finches who feeds at our feeder. I think the finch knew what he was doing, but he took at dive at our picture window with the hawk right on his tail and at the last moment veered away from the window. The hawk, on the other hand, not knowing the window was there, plowed right into the window making a big thud and left feathers floating in the air. He shook it off and went to hunt elsewhere. Sure wish I'd been here to get a picture - but who would have been ready anyway. Will miss the girls when they go - it's been fun and they've been good.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
|Exhibit Art The Waterloo Center for the Arts|
Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival
The Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival kicked off their 5th Season yesterday with a free concert at the Waterloo Center for The Arts in downtown Waterloo. There were about 80 people in attendance. The photograph is NOT one of the audience but is an art exhibit - one of those stuffed people...
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
PS Don't tell her but there are probably 6,000 photographs (I have 20,000+ digital)...maybe we should count them?
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I went out to the Hawkeye Junior College Arboretum to take MACRO Shots of flowers and butterflies. I was looking for a Monarch butterfly, but they seemed to be everywhere except in front of my lens. I imagine there's a technical name for this flower, but I'll just call it the "Red Parachute".