Several weeks ago Angie (my daughter) enrolled herself, Joshua, and Austin in a marshal arts training program. There are so many positive things about such a class and it teaches structure, discipline, meditation, and is a great exercise.
Yesterday was their test to advance to another level. From white belt (novice) to yellow/white. The tests were extensive and took the better part of 45 minutes.
Each of them passed their tests and were awarded a step up to the new level.
I was very impressed with the instructor and the methods he uses. He is a master of the marshal arts discipline, a Psychological Nurse, and an accomplished (self-taught) artist.
I’m very proud of all three of them and really enjoyed watching them pass their tests. Afterwards there was a presentation from several of the black belt students.
Gabby and Addy were busy with drawing things. Jeanne and Ben were also there but I didn’t get a picture of them.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Went to Maquoketa this past Tuesday to have lunch with some great friends. On the way down I saw this combine in the field waiting for it’s next time to harvest.
So on the way home I stopped and made this image.
When I turned around I saw this small stream with fall colors so I shot some images of it.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have some more images from our Saturday Photo Run. We basically followed the “Old River Road” up through Guttenburg and ending up in McGregor, Iowa.
I couldn’t pass up a couple of solitary trees I found in the fields. No matter their condition I enjoy photographing trees.
As I said in my last post, the weather was fantastic and many people decided to take advantage of the sunny and warm conditions.
This last image was taken at Pike’s Peek State Park at the large overlook. There were hundreds of people at the park on Saturday. More then I had ever seen before.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
It has been over two years since Jeanne and I went on a photo run. We use to do it almost every weekend but then came retirement, golf and other interests and so went the weekly photo run.
On Jeanne’s birthday this past Summer she said all she wanted for her birthday was to pick a day and go on a photo run. So that’s what we did last Saturday.
Started out around 10:00 a.m. and went North up the winding roads and hills following the river to the small community of McGregor. I can’t remember seeing so many people and so many motorcycles. It was hard to imagine that there is a pandemic going on.
One of our stops was at Pike’s Peek State Park. It was absolutely packed with people. We wore our masks but there was no way to social distance although we did our best.
I have to apologize for these images. The sky was terrible Saturday with no clouds so it was uninteresting and harsh light. That being said the fall foliage was magnificent.
You could not have picked a better day weather wise, which is why there were so many people out and about.
In the following day I will show you some of the images I made during the day. We went up the Iowa side and came back on the Wisconsin side of the river. The colors were much brighter and more pronounced on Iowa side.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.