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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Blizzard in Iowa


A blizzard in Iowa made for hazardous
yet beautiful conditions here last night.
We have a small pine in our front yard,
decorated with Christmas lights.
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Colorful Hollyhock

I've heard others say that
hollyhocks are hard to grow.
I haven't had that problem.
Since the year I planted the first seeds
(and learned to be patient as the plants
are small and without flowers their first year)
I've had hollyhocks take over every location
in which they were planted.
I love the variety of colors
and the wonderful height they add
to my flower beds.
I have many hollyhock photos.
This one is photoshopped version of one of
the hollyhocks from my garden last summer.
I played with the colors and liked the results.
I thought it would make a
a fun and colorful print.



Monday, December 17, 2012

The Faces of Sandy Hook

These are the faces, the victims, of the senseless
act of violence in Newtown, Connecticut on
December 14, 2012.
These are the innocent faces of twenty children,
most ages 6 and 7, and seven adults,
employees at Sandy Hook Elementary
who died trying to protect these children.
These are the people we should never forget.
These are the names we should hold dear
in our hearts.
These are the victims of a horrible tragedy.
They deserve to be remembered.
The deserve so much more.
These are the innocent.

 
(Of course, these are not my own photos. I found them wherever I could on various web sites. I merely put together the photos together into this document.)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mourning Dove on Trellis

I love when I am able to get close enough
to wildlife to get a good shot.
I was pleased that this mourning dove
remained calm as I took the photo
last summer.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Snowy Bridge

Does anyone recognize where this was taken?
I know, I took the photo, I should know.
But I don't know.
I've forgotten.
It's got to be somewhere in central Iowa.
Regardless, I like it.
I'm ready for snow.
Bring it on!



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Crystal Ball

This "crystal ball" was hanging
in our front flower bed this last summer.
I loved the way it captured and reflected
all the colors around it.
I then used Photoshop to 
give the photo a stained glass effect.
It worked out well, bringing
so many various colors
that were being captured
by my crystal ball.



Friday, December 7, 2012

Rustic Barn

I love photos of old barns,
as any of you who have spent time looking
through my blog could see by now.
This is a photo that grew on me.
I wasn't thrilled with the results at first,
but over time came to really
love and appreciate
the rustic barn,
the corn field,
and the cloudy sky.
This barn is near Ledges State Park.




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Santa's Elf

I was at a community Christmas event
earlier this week and in walked this elf.
I swear he just walked out of Santa's workship.
He was dressed from head to toe
as an elf, including elf shoes, elf ears,
the whole shebang.
I took this picture, which I think
is truly adorable, and I caught his smile.
"You caught me," is all he said
before handing me a candy cane.
It was a nice Christmas event,
and this elf straight from the North Pole
made it even better.
Thanks Mr. Elf.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cardinal

Part of photography is luck:
being in the right place
at the right time
with the right lighting
under the right conditions.
This was a lucky shot.
Everything listed above fell together
and the cardinal cooperated.
It's one of my favorite photographs
I've ever taken.
It looks very nice matted;
we have the photo hanging in our entryway.
Contact me if you'd like to buy a copy
as it'd make a very nice Christmas gift.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunset at High Trestle Trail Bridge

Another, but different, shot of the
High Trestle Trail Bridge. I took this as
the sun was setting and there was
light peeking through the clouds,
reflecting off the water in the
Des Moines River below.
This was taken in July of 2011,
when there was much more water
in the river than what we had
this past summer or currently.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope each and every one
of you is having a peaceful
and relaxing holiday with your
loved ones, reflecting the
blessings in your life.

For my overseas friends who
don't share this holiday with
the United States,
may you also have a wonderful
day and find some time to reflect
upon life and realize how
many wonderful gifts we
have all been given.

I really wanted to post some photos,
but there seems to be a glitch
in the program and it
won't let me add any photos.
So until I can again post photos,
please imagine the scene
most peaceful to you
and reflect upon it.

Blessings to each of you.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Downtown Des Moines Collage

I created this collage of various
photos I'd taken near
the downtown area of Des Moines.
The area is constantly
changing and improving.
There are so many beautiful
places to take photos.
Contact me if you'd like
to purchase a copy of this
unique Des Moines collage.




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

High Trestle Trail Bridge at Night

High Trestle Trail Bridge



Another central Iowa attraction that is worth the drive.
The bridge spans the Des Moines river between
Madrid and Woodward.
It was once a railroad bridge.
It's now for biking and walking.
The bridge is one-half mile long
and 13 stories high.
Don't let the height scare you
as the rails make it very safe.
The closest parking is on the Madrid side
of the bridge, but from the parking to
the bridge it's about 3/4 of a mile walk,
then another 1/2 mile across the bridge,
making it 2.5 miles by the time you've gone
across and back to your car.
That news isn't meant to deter anyone from visiting,
but merely to prepare them.
If you park in Madrid and walk or bike all
the way out, I believe it's about 4 miles to the bridge.
Here's my suggestion on viewing the bridge:
come out to the bridge not long before sunset,
see the bridge in the light (and hopefully in a gorgeous
sunset), then wait on the platform( from another old
rail road bridge) that is on the Woodward side. Take
a break, view nature, chat with others visiting,
and wait until it's completely dark.
Then go back across the bridge with the lights on.
It's incredible. You get to see the bridge in both
daylight and dark this way. It's worth it.
If you come and won't be heading back to your car
until after dark, bring a flashlight as the trail
is not lit from the bridge to the parking area.
Only the bridge is lit.
This bridge is definitely worth
taking the time to visit.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day Tribute

Veteran's Day--A Day to Remember All Vets

This truly is the
"Land of the Free"
because it is the
"Home of the Brave."

Thank you American service men and women
everywhere across our country, past and present,
who let me sleep peacefully at night
while you watch over us.

The photos I chose for today are
photos that represent the freedom
in the United States.
I'd have rather shown the faces of veterans,
but I don't have any photos of vets.
That makes me know my mission for
Veteran's Day next year.






Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dandelion

I think dandelions are beautiful
with their bright yellow faces.
Today's weather was warm
and being outside made me think
that this was a nice photo for today.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Snowy Morning

 I'm not quite ready for winter or snow,
yet I love how fresh and clean
everything looks after a snowfall.
I took this photo last winter
one cold morning
just after the sun had come up.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Living in America

May the United States live on in freedom and glory.
May all those in office come together and work for the people,
for our great nation.
May the people come together and realize our part
in where our country is today.
May each of us accept
responsibility to help make the changes
we need to see in America
and not put that burden solely on our goverment.


And some quotes from some famous Americans:

"And I will do everything that I can
as long as I am President of the United States
to remind the American people that we are one nation under God,
and we may call that God different names
but we remain one nation."
~ Barack Obama

"There is not a liberal America and a conservative America -
there is the United States of America.
There is not a black America and a white America
and latino America and asian America -
 there's the United States of America."
 ~ Barack Obama

"It's time to fundamentally change
the way that we do business in Washington.
To help build a new foundation for the 21st century,
we need to reform our government
so that it is more efficient,
more transparent,
and more creative.
That will demand new thinking
and a new sense of responsibility
for every dollar that is spent."
~ Barack Obama


"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country."
~ John F. Kennedy

"Government cannot solve our problems, it can't set our goals,
it cannot define our vision...Only a true partnership
between government and the people
can ever hope to reach these goals."
~ Jimmy Carter

"Government of the people,
 by the people,
for the people,
 shall not perish from the Earth."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair;
the rest is in the hands of God."
~ George Washington
 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Summer Shot

I needed to see another
beautiful summer shot
before winter sets in
here in Iowa.
Thankfully, I know
that winter will provide
another type of beauty
across our landscape.
Believe.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Steps in God's House

I've shown this photo before,
in a group with several others
I took at The Kathederal
in Des Moines.
I felt it was worth looking
at again, all by itself.
I love the symbolism with
the  dark and the light,
going up or going down,
in God's house.
Have you considered
the direction your life is
taking you?
Is it where you really
want to be?


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nature

Nature was created
with God's own hands.
How else could the
world be so beautiful?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Gorgeous Iowa Sunset

I think some of the
most gorgeous sunsets
can be found right here
in Iowa.
This one was amazing.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

God Bless America

Land That I Love


I want to thank Christian Photo for giving
me the opportnity to have a photography
show during the month of October.
It has been a wonderful experience
and something that was on my "bucket list"
and can now be crossed off.
And thank you to all of you who have
visited Christian Photo, viewed my photos
there or taken a look at my work
here on my blog.
I appreciate that you
took the time to do so.
My sincere thanks go out
to all of you.
And Adam from Christian Photo,
you rock for making this happen!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

State Fairgrounds: Agriculture Building

I know the Agriculture Building
at the Iowa State Fairgrounds
holds a lot of memories
for many Iowa residents.
I thought it was pretty with the
sun coming thorugh the trees.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Close Up

I was playing in Photoshop
and took the previously posted leaf photo
and cropped in close.
I really liked the results.
Do you have a preference?


The Beauty of Autumn


Friday, October 26, 2012

Pumpkin

Here's a happy little pumpkin,
still in the field,
still on the vine,
waiting to be
chosen by some boy or girl,
as that perfect
Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin. 
It's only a few days until Halloween.
Have you chosen your pumpkin yet?


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Still Autumn

I thought I needed some
fall color in here.
I took this photo
on a recent morning,
after it had rained,
and the sun was starting to come out.
The fog had lifted.
The leaves were glistening.
It was another beautiful morning.
Here's proof that not all the
autumn colors are gone.
There are still many
beautiful
trees and plants out there.
You just to have to open your eyes.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Photos for Sale at Christian Photo or Online

Just a reminder that for one more week
my photos will be displayed and for sale
at Christian Photo in Des Moines.
All are framed and ready to be hung in
your house! Please take a look at Christian Photo
if you've not had a chance, or if you had already
looked and considered purchasing something.
I recently put them all on sale, so if
you were holding off until later,
now is a good time to purchase a photo
at even better price.
Christmas is coming so a nice framed
photo for a loved one would be
a thoughtful gift. I have a lot of
outdoor scenery, flowers, a collage of
outdoor scenes, a collage of Des Moines scenes,
an Iowa State Fair photo, one of the National Cathederal,
and a variety of one of a kind photos.
Any of my photos can be bought
through me by contacting me at my
email address, alliecatphotos@gmail.com
I will ship unframed photos to anywhere
in the U.S. Prices vary so please
contact me if you're interested.
Thank you!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Winter Day at Jester Park

Here's a winter day at Jester Park
(yes, last winter--we're not quite
ready to have any weather
like this, and it is only fall).
If you've looked at many of my posts,
I've shot a lot of photos at Jester Park.
I also give it rave reviews.
It is one awesome county park,
filled with an abudance of wildlife,
so many places to camp, walk, golf, hike, play,
or shoot photos of the scenery along upper Saylorville.
I'll say it again: if you haven't been there before,
it's time you head up towards Granger
and check out Jester Park.
Drive slow and watch for wildlife.
Enjoy. Play. Take some photos.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Silo Silhouette

There are many beautiful places
in this world,
and I hope to someday
have the opportunity to see
more of them,
but for right now,
I'd have to say that living in
Iowa
gives me the opportunity to see
gorgeous scenery
every day of the year.



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