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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.

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