Saturday was the annual Grandview Gallop. A 5 k run that I’ve photographed many times over the years. This year it was even more special because both Josh and Gabby ran it. This was Josh’s third race and the first for Gabby. I have four images to share today.
Gabby ran with Ben and Josh ran with Angie. It is a one mile run and both kids made it all the way without stopping.
Josh probably could have ran it by himself as he really didn’t stay with Angie and I suspect next year he probably will. He was able to acquire two Popsicles from the volunteer this year. 🙂
After the kid’s run, Angie and Ben did the 5K run in their best time ever. I was tired after sitting around and watching all the people run. 🙂
The Roling family runners enjoying their treats.
I am having a three-day battle with Ms. Robin again. She is back trying to build a nest for her second batch of eggs. I’ve encouraging her to look for a new neighborhood but I think I’m in a losing battle. She is very persistent.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Yesterday was a fun day despite the crappy weather. It was the 10th annual Grandview Gallop. This is the first year in memory that Angie or Ben didn’t run in the event.
This was all about Joshua. He and Ben ran in the children’s one mile run. We arrived at the race about the same time as Angie and Ben. Josh was pumped and very excited about his race. I’m not sure any of us thought he would be able to run the entire mile but was sure that he would finish.
There were a variety of age groups that ran in the event. Many parents ran with the smaller kids and as Ben and Josh went by our vantage point we made sure he heard our encouragement.
Ben said at one time Josh said, “I’m getting tired Daddy.” and Ben replied, “It’s a good thing you have your fast shoes on then isn’t it.” To which Josh said, “Yes it is.” and then he increased his speed. 🙂
He finished the race in a very respectable time of 10:04 and had a huge grin on his face as he crossed the finish line. Not quite as big a grin as his Dad had though.
Josh couldn’t wait to tell us all that he ran the entire time. Ben confirmed that he indeed did run the entire mile without walking or stopping. We were all impressed.
His trophy was this red-white-blue Popsicle and he displayed it with pride for all to see.
I saw a lot of young people feeling very good about themselves and the wonderful sense of accomplishment. It was a heartwarming event for all who attended.
We hung around and watched the regular event as well. It was a fun morning spent with Angie, Ben and the Grand-kids. More images later.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Sunday and be careful.
Happy Father’s Day! ~ 278
Today’s post is more about family than photography. The annual Grandview Gallop was held yesterday and I always enjoy going to watch Angie and Ben run in the event and take images of them and some of the other happenings. For the last few years Jeanne has gone to their house to watch the kids and I have been the one man cheering squad. Yesterday, they brought Josh and Gabby with them and we stayed with them while they run. It was great fun.
After Mom and Dad passed by Josh had some energy he needed to burn off and he wanted to race. The location we were at had a long grassy area and so first he raced Mama Jeanne and then me. Yes the old man actually ran a few hundred yards. Okay it was probably more like a fast walk but from a distance it would have passed for slow running.
When Mom and Dad came back around on the finish lap, he was there to wave at them and then we needed to complete a mission he had in mind. He wanted to pick some flowers for his Mom and he knew he had seen some on one of his runs. So he and I went back to the dandelions and he picked a nice bouquet for Angie.
He was so proud of the flowers he had picked and he gave them to his Mom. Unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough with the camera to capture that moment so this image will have to do. It was a fun experience with the Josh and Gabby and then we gave them back to their parents and said goodbye. I love being a Grandpa. 🙂
After a wonderful nap Jeanne and I tackled the second and last bush that was trying to eat our house. Several hours later it lay in a huge pile and the stump was… well let’s just say it still won’t wiggle so there is more digging and cutting to do.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Sunday and if you are a Dad then you know how special this day is. Often times Dads don’t really get the credit they deserve but we’re there to lend a guiding hand. It takes both of us to be a good parent. Fortunately for me and our kids I got the best partner / Mom that we could have.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Be careful and wear your sunscreen or a long sleeve shirt.
Happy Friday! ~ 280
Today’s images are all about life on the (artificial) branch. When I wired it up over the bird feeders there was some question if the birds would use it. At first they did not but as time has passed they use it all the time. Many times there will be three birds at once on the branch. It helps create a more natural environment for photography instead of always shooting birds around the feeders. I plan to add more branches in the near future (assuming I can talk the Queen into it.) 🙂
The employee benefit meetings are over. It is a fun project to do but tiring none the less. Today is catching up on all the paperwork that I have neglected for the last two days.
Today there is supposed to be a group of “muscle cars” go through Maquoketa. I hope to capture some shots of them during the noon hour if I can.
I finally got my replacement parts in for the Phantom so I will (time permitting) get those on the bird and see if I can do some flying again this weekend. Seems like weeks since I had the Phantom in the air.
Also tomorrow is the “Grandview Gallop.” A 5K run along Dubuque’s famed Grandview Avenue. Angie and Ben both enjoy running in the event for the last several years and I always enjoy photographing the event and capturing some images of them running together.
Jeanne and I will get to take care of Josh and Gabby during the race as well so it will be a fun morning.
So between the muscle cars and the Grandview Gallop I will hopefully have some images for you on my next post that do not involve birds. 🙂
I do appreciate your indulgence and the wonderful comments some of you have made encouraging me to continue making images of the birds. So I know that at least some of you are enjoying the birds and that is helpful. I do like to make images that you will enjoy viewing, so I’m glad you are.
That’s it for today. Busy work day and then the glorious weekend.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day (should be a nice one weather wise) and be careful.