Happy Father’s Day to all you Fathers. I believe it is the greatest title a man can achieve. This morning my two children are taking me to breakfast. I’ll probably still have to pay but will gladly do so. 🙂
The shot above was just by luck. I had been inside watching the US Open when Jeanne yelled at me to come out and look at the golden light after a light rain. The sky was a beautiful gold as the sun was going down behind a bank of clouds.
After shooting the sunset I turned around and saw this wonderful rainbow. So at least I accomplished something of value yesterday. Other than that brief activity Saturday was spent mostly in front of the TV. I’m so ashamed. 🙂
Enjoy your day and if you are lucky enough to still have your Dad make sure he hears from you. Thanks for stopping by. Be careful.
A short post today as I am in full vegetative state. I slept in this morning and as I was finishing breakfast I saw this little guy enjoying his breakfast as well. So since I don’t ever remember taking a picture of a rabbit I decided to capture a snapshot of him.
I shot this at ISO 800 with the 28-300 mm lens at 1/60 sec f6.3. Hope you have a great weekend. I expect to do some shooting today so perhaps I’ll have some things to show you.
Thanks for stopping by. Be careful.
I thought I would finish up the shots from Saturday’s Farmers’ Market. I particularly like this shot although I’m not sure it captures the full glory of the Raggedy Ann dolls. Lots of people around as it is a very busy place and I create a pretty good road block when I stop to take a picture so I always feel compelled to hurry up.
I mentioned this gentleman earlier in the week. He walked around the Farmers’ Market playing songs and stopping to visit with people. This is one of the few times I didn’t make a gesture or ask if I could take a photograph. I figure if you are dressed like this, walking around playing music you expect people to stop and look at you and take your picture. 🙂
This finishes up the Farmers’ Market shoot from last Saturday. I want to get down there more often. Lots of things to see and some good food as well.
The News Media from Maquoketa reported there were 540 tractors at the fairgrounds on Tuesday evening. I was in DeWitt yesterday on business and that is where Tractorcade 2012 ended. There were lots of trucks and trailers hauling tractors out of DeWitt. It was pretty congested for awhile.
Today the Woodcarvers Convention is open to the public through Saturday evening. You really should try to see it if you can. You absolutely cannot believe the works of art they produce.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day. US Open starts today as well. 🙂 Be careful.
The WMT Tractorcade came to Maquoketa yesterday afternoon. Around 3:00 pm I could hear the tractors going by our office, which is on one of the main roads to the Jackson County Fair grounds. Well honestly I could not hear them but other people in the office kept commenting about all the tractors that were going by. 🙂
After work I decided to go over to the fair grounds to take a look. I knew the lighting conditions would be difficult and I figured it would be hard to get any good images of the tractors. I was right.
The tractor above is an old COOP tractor. They were made in Canada and my Dad use to sell these tractors out of his garage. If memory serves I believe they later merged or were bought by another company and the name was changed to Cockshutt. I can remember a picture my Uncle took of me sitting on a tractor in Dad’s garage. I use to stop up there after school and play farmer. 🙂
There were over 500 tractors parked side by side many rows deep. It was hard to walk between the tractors without brushing up against the tractor that was parked next to it. I never saw one Cockshutt tractor. Lots of John Deere tractors, IH, Farmall, Case, and other assorted flavors.
Most of the tractors had a box of some kind on the back (to carry clothes and tools.) A few had car bench seats mounted on a frame for passengers and others simply had large coolers of adult beverages. Some of the tractors looked like they just rolled off the assembly line, others were “home” modified and still others looked like they were just saved from the salvage pile.
The older I get the more I think that most activities are simply a facade for the real purpose and that is for people to get together and drink beer. 🙂 I don’t remember seeing more than a hand full of people last evening that didn’t have a beer in their hand. 🙂
I only stayed about 30 minutes. Like I said the sun was really bright and reflective off the well polished tractors. Too many people in the mix and with a suit on it was too hard to stay away from the dirt and grease on some of the tractors.
Enjoy your Wednesday and thank you for stopping by. Be careful.
Thank you for stopping by. After the Grandview Gallop last Saturday I was walking back to my car when I came across this church. I don’t remember seeing it before but I liked the lines of the structure and so I grabbed a few shots.
There are so many things wrong with this image that I really thought about now showing it. The light was harsh, the tree shadows on the front of the church are distracting, the lighting perspective is wrong, etc. Having said all that I still like the structure so I decided to show it despite its flaws.
This is the relatively new restaurant called Crust. It is where Bricktown use to be. I think the restaurant is doing well. Jeanne and I ate there the night Joshua was born so it is special for that reason. I like the style of the building as well.
When we first moved to Dubuque this area was kind of a seedy area with vacant buildings and a “Gentleman’s” Book store across the street. To the right of this building there was a vacant bus terminal. At one time an enterprising real estate sales rep made me a tempting offer to move my business there. Fortunately my board of directors were not in favor of it. 🙂
Today, this area like so many areas in Dubuque is robust and full of upscale, interesting businesses and restaurants. It is fun to go downtown and experience all the things that are going on. It seems there is always something of interest to do every weekend. Some type of “fest” or celebration. That is one of the ingredients that keeps a city or community vibrant and growing.
Remember you can click on the image to make it larger. Sometime this week as time permits I want to show you the Millwork District. I am just amazed with what is going on there.
I don’t know yet if I’m going to do another Worldwide Photo Walk with the Kelby Group this year. We had a lot of problems last year and it took some of the fun out of the walk. But if I do it, I might consider the downtown area again. Perhaps an evening walk to capture the “golden hour” of light, then a dinner and some Photoshop lessons. Just thinking out loud. 🙂
Enjoy your Tuesday. Be careful.
Today I would like to show you some images from my wandering through Dubuque’s Farmers’ Market area on Saturday. It is a marvelous combination of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Not to mention there are some very colorful characters that roam about as well.
It was pretty warm on Saturday and there was no shade so I got pretty hot walking around. The market was crowded as well so I didn’t want to stand in one place very long as there was always someone in a hurry to get to the next vendor.
My friend Jim purchased several things at the market. Most of which I do not like to eat and some of which I’d never heard of. the majority of the food I saw called “eat me now” but I resisted.
I saw several people I had not seen in years and it was enjoyable to visit with them. I also saw people I didn’t want to see and with it being so crowded it was relatively easy to avoid them even at my size 😦
I’ve got to return to the farmers’ market soon and find a location where I can shoot images but in an out of the traffic flow location. I think then I can adequately capture the full flavor of this vibrant market.
Throughout the market there are “street minstrels” wandering through the market. Some find a shady location and play while others walk among the crowds serenading the shoppers.
One of my favorites on this Saturday was a rather large gentleman wearing a hat, shirt, kilt, socks and shoes all black and playing (no not a bag pipe) an accordion walking through the shoppers. I’ll show that later this week.
Enjoy your Monday. It’s here whether you like it or not so might as well make it a great day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Yesterday was the annual running of the Grandview Gallop. This is the 3rd year that Angie and Ben have run together in the event. For those who are not familiar with Dubuque, Grandview is the dividing line between East and West. It runs North and South through the city. South Grandview is a parkway type street and it is a favorite place for walkers, runners, and bikers. There are some lovely homes as well on South Grandview.
I think this is the first year that it has not rained during the run. I enjoy watching the run but my main purpose of course is to support, cheer, and photograph Angie and Ben. I was good on the support, didn’t cheer and took a ton of photos. 🙂
The little guys were on the edge of the curb and they clapped for every runner that went by. I have no way to estimate how many people participated in the event. There were young and old, runners and walkers, a lot of baby strollers, and some dogs with their owners.
The guy who finished first (by my unofficial time clock) did it in just 20 minutes. I’m (obviously) not versed in the sport of running but that seems pretty fast to me.
Both Ben and Angie had a cold but they like to take part in this event so the ran. Jeanne stayed with Joshua and the idea was that she was going to bring him up in his stroller so he could see Mom and Dad run. Well she got him in the car and brought him close to Grandview but then he refused to get in his stroller. Apparently he doesn’t like to be restrained. So then she asked him if he wanted to walk up to Grandview and he wasn’t real keen on that idea either. They then decided to go back home and just play.
After the event I had an appointment with John Doland (my barber) and then I explored a little of Dubuque by visiting the Farmer’s Market. What a wonderful place to go and just people watch. I took a lot of images there (even though the light was bright and harsh) and I saw a lot of interesting things.
I ran into an old friend of mine and we toured the market together and then I decided to go down to the Millwork District Project. Wow! There has been a ton of money spent in revitalizing the old industrial section of town with new streets and renovating the interiors of the buildings. I talked to a painter who was finishing up for the day. One of the buildings he is working on will have 74 apartments (nice ones) on the 2nd and 3rd floors, some offices and then the lower level will be retail shops.
I shot a lot of pictures of the area and felt like I had connected with the city again. Spending so much of my time in Maquoketa I don’t really get a feel for all that is going on in this vibrant city. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your Sunday and be careful.