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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


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.

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