Hope you had a good Monday. I had a very long day yesterday and didn’t get home until well past 9:00 pm. So I wasn’t able to shoot any images and therefore we have left overs from Sunday for today’s post.
I think all churches are beautiful. I’ve often thought about getting permission to photograph the inside of many of the really ornate churches in our area. Another project to think about. The image above is the alter at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Dubuque. It is the oldest church in Dubuque. I know that is hard to believe since it is a Methodist church but it is.
A few years ago the church members raised a lot of money and commissioned a restoration of the sanctuary (including applying golf leaf to some of the hand carved ornaments.) It is beautiful to see in person with all the rich dark wood. A couple of years ago I spent several hours in the church making HDR images of the stained glass windows and the sanctuary. They really turned out nice. You can click on the upde.net logo in the top right of this blog and browse through my photography pages to see some of this if you are so inclined.
After church we drove over to the 16th street basin. They have done a lot of clean up work there and it is going to be a very nice place. You can sit on 16th street and if you stay there for a little while you’ll see some very big fish jump in the pond.
It’s going to be my favorite place this winter for shooting eagles again. Today though, there were only two Blue Herons. As soon as we approached (even though we were being pretty stealthy) they flew away. They were more skidish than I’ve seen them before. So as we approached the second one I had my camera ready and was able to make this image.
Finally I’ll show you this very interesting tree. We were on a narrow back road and I saw this picture. There was really no safe place to park but I couldn’t let this wonderful tree go with out capturing it, so I put on the flashers and over the objections of my spousal unit jumped (climbed) out of the car and grabbed a couple of quick clicks.
That’s it for today. Hope you have a safe and enjoyable Tuesday. I’m suppose to take images for the Kiwanis’ Golf Outing today but I have some scheduling issues so we’ll see how it all comes together.
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Hope you had a wonderful weekend. They are all good, some just better than others. Jeanne is a member of the “family choir” and her group presented 4 songs at the morning service yesterday. She has a wonderful voice and I love to hear her sing.
Jeanne’s Mother (Jay) really wanted to come hear Jeanne sing but we just couldn’t get it worked out. I did take a video of one of their songs but I haven’t had time to process it yet. I’ll do my best to get it posted this week for you Jay.
We decided to take a photo drive after church and so not too far from the church we came across this house. Our first time by it there was an elderly gentleman out tending the flowers. By the time we got around the block to take the image he was gone. You can tell it takes a lot of time and devotion to keep up this wonderful flower display.
A little later in the day we took another photo drive. We came across this old McCormick Farmall Tractor sitting on an empty lot with a for sale sign attached to the front. If you remember my story about Everett Robinson last week, he had a M Farmall tractor, which I got to drive from the hay-field to the barn from time to time..
Finally I’ll finish up with this wonderful church at New Vienna. This image begged me to shoot it in HDR but the wind was blowing pretty strong and I was wearing shorts. The temperature had dropped dramatically from the time we left home to this point so for all of those reasons and because I was just too lazy to set up the tripod I shot it normally. 😦
There were more images yesterday. They may or may not make it to the blog. We had a good time on both drives. I like to look for things to shoot and Jeanne enjoys the drive so it is a fun time for both of us.
Enjoy your Monday. It’s here whether we like it or not. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
I was driving back to the office from a meeting and saw these two hay wagons parked in a field. I had to do a cross over come back about a mile do another cross over and finally was able to take the shot.
It brought back a lot a memories of when I was a kid. I started working in the hay fields at the age of 13. I was bigger than most kids several years older and so usually got stuck with the hardest job. We got $1 an hour and it was not uncommon to come home with $10 – $15 a day over the summer, which was pretty good money back then.
We always had our favorite farmers to work for. That was usually based on how hard they worked us and how good a cook their wife was. My favorite of all time was Everett Robinson. He was a wonderful person who had a lot of hay work over the summer. He never tried to work us too hard and would always give us breaks. He would make us rotate going into the hay mound because it was the hardest and hottest job. Boy could his wife cook. If I knew Everett was bailing hay I’d turn down other farmers because I wanted to be available for him.
Yes we worked hard for that dollar but we always got a great meal from the farmer’s wife and if I worked 3 or 4 days a week I could have some pretty good spending money for comic books, candy, malts and cigarettes. Yes I was smoking at age 13. Not very proud of that now but I was up to a pack a day by the time I graduated from high school. In those days there were more kids that smoked than didn’t. At least it seemed that way. Selective vision probably. 🙂
Not too far up the road there was this old barn. I thought it was a neat old structure so I stopped again and shot some images. Then I wonder why I’m always behind trying to get things done. It’s because I stop so many times to take pictures. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your Saturday and the rest of the weekend. Hope to get out and take some more pictures today if I can pull myself away from Diablo III. 🙂
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Today’s post is not so much about photography (these images are not note worthy) but it is more about an update on the “Duck Pond” that I promised you earlier in the week.
The image above is of the abandoned nest of the widowed female swan. She once again has dutifully sat on the nest for several weeks only to be disappointed with the results. You can see that the nest has been beaten down and there is not much left of it.
There are two new swans at the pond now. I don’t know if they are a pair (as in man and wife) or if they are suitors for the new widow.
Tuesday on my way to work there were two swans flying over 61 highway so low I was actually concerned they were not going to clear my car. Apparently they have been feeding at a newly planted field on the other side of highway 61 (be cause I caught a glimpse of them yesterday in the field.) That explains why I haven’t seen them at the Duck Pond all week.
The young swan that escaped captivity from the Interpretive Center continues to enjoy his freedom at the South end of the pond. He still cannot fly any distance so he seem content to spend his time with the geese and swim in what little water that’s left the pond.
The water levels are getting very low. If this keeps up I suspect the pond will be dry in another month. I have several images taken a few years ago of the pond with cracked ground where the water is now.
Very interesting day yesterday. Started off by trying to slam my finger in my car door. I really don’t know how that happened but I feel so lucky that I only got a sore finger with a deep cut on it and not a broken or severed finger.
I got to do a lot of photography yesterday. Shot a lot of images of board members and staff for an upcoming meeting presentation. So it was a pretty good day aside from the finger incident.
Enjoy your Friday and the weekend. Thank you for your continued support of this blog and be careful.
Just a quick post today. Last week I was at the Hurstville Kilns looking for things to shoot. There wasn’t much that caught my eye with the exception of this old bolt. I’ve probably seen this a hundred times when I been at the Kilns shooting and never paid any attention to it, but for some reason it caught my eye this day.
I wondered who put it there and how hard was it to do and how long ago. Well okay I really didn’t but it makes for good writing doesn’t it? 🙂 I just thought it would make an interesting black and white image and I think it does.
Some sad news about the Hurstville female (recently widowed) swan. More on that tomorrow. For today, I hope you enjoy your mid-week day and thanks as always for stopping by the blog. Be careful.
A short post today. The image above is from last week’s Torque Fest. I saw several ladies walking the grounds in different fashion ensembles. My assumption was they were modeling different fashions. I could be wrong.
Anyway I saw this lady with a parasol walking the grounds with this little girl in tow and I tried to get directly behind them (thinking a black and white image) so I could get a straight on shot.
Because of the crowd and the angle I had to shoot from this is what I got. I still like the shot but it is not totally what I had in my mind when I took it.
Hope you have a great Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to have something of interest for you tomorrow. Be careful.
I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I was delighted that both of our children, grand child, and son-in-law could join us for Mother’s Day brunch.
I did a lousy job with my photography yesterday. I was so full and uncomfortable after the brunch that I think I just wanted to get a few shots and get home so I could get into my comfy clothes. 🙂
Other than the dappled lighting, poor composition, and a few other things these are not bad snapshots. I guess in the final analysis the subject is all that really matters.
So as we did last year we had Mother’s Day at the Star Brewery. They do a wonderful job and we had a great location. The first place they took us was not very nice. It was on the 3rd floor and was tightly packed. The hostess said I think I’ll put you on the main floor and I said “Okay that will work.” It was a great location and the food was very good as well.
Joshua had a viral infection (I think Ben called it hand, foot, mouth virus) but he was in good humor and didn’t seem to mind the little “chickenpox” like sores on his hands and mouth.
He was sitting across from me and I would point my camera at him, compose the shot and all the time he had this very stoic face. Once I would take the picture he would laugh and giggle. Only once was I able to capture his laugh but the flash didn’t fire the second time so the image is going to take a bit of work to be usable.
We went outside for awhile and he was exploring the grassy area near the restaurant. I shot about 30 images of him walking around a dirt pile with his constant companion “Boo Bear” and all the time he would make sure I was watching him. I love watching him grow and develop.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your Monday and be careful.