Gone Building

On occasion, I like to drive around and re-visit places I’ve photographed, just to see if anything has changed.

I was saddened, then, when I drove by one of my favorite locales – of what I thought was a beautiful, old, stone building – and saw that it has now been torn down.

Here are my final photos of it, taken earlier this year…


Look at the beautiful old stone (I think it’s limestone, but I’m not certain)


And, quite frankly, the structure seems pretty sound… especially for a building that lasted most of a century! I guess looks can be deceiving – or the land-owner had more important use for this parcel of land.

Alas (you know I love that word!), I guess the old adage is true: not all things are meant to last forever.

Thank you, Nicéphore Niépce for pioneering the field of photography, so memories like this can be kept alive!

(quick knowledge/history bomb to drop: The Frenchman, Nicéphore Niépce, is widely credited as the inventor of photography. He developed heliography, a technique he used to create the world’s oldest surviving product of a photographic process: a print made from a photoengraved printing plate in 1825. In 1826 or 1827, he used a primitive camera to produce the oldest surviving photograph of a real-world scene.)

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!


It’s heee-eerrree!

Welcome to my favorite time of year!

In a few short weeks, the colors of Fall will be painting the trees and shrubs.

The farmers will be out in their fields harvesting their crops.

And there will be a refreshing crispness in the air.

So I thought I’d share a few photos from my trek around during peak colors last year:


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” (Albert Camus)


“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.”  (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Clearly it’s not just my favorite season – other people do get awfully poetic this time of year!

Get ready to go out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!!


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Can you believe it’s December already?!


Keep the camera handy

About a month ago the idea of sharing some photographs of harvesting flashed in my mind. Since I live in farm country, it seemed like a good and easy idea.

But… apparently, the farmers in my area are also ninjas.

Either I didn’t see them in the field, or I’d drive by one day and the next day the field would be cleared, or I didn’t have my camera with me (that’s what I get for not having it with me all of the time!)

I did catch some that I thought I’d share…

ready to be filled

waiting to be filled

ready for the next field

ready for the next field

I’m a little disappointed in myself for missing out on some really great photo-ops.

Next year I’ll plan better.

Have a good week.

Saturday Signboard #21

Wherever you may be…


enjoy your weekend!

PS: Last night’s Small Works Show opening reception was a HUGE success! So much talent in one gallery… I’m truly honored to have been chosen to be a participant!! Thanks to all who attended! The show will be up until Jan 6th with a second opening during Downtown Iowa City’s “Celebrate the Season” in December ~ details will follow! Thanks again everyone!

Saturday Signboard #19

Autumn poetry:


“Listen! The wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
we have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!”
(H. Wolfe)

Hope you’re having a great Saturday
(I’ve been doing yard work on a beautiful autumn day!)

Photowalk 23

I am waiting very patiently for Mother Nature to get out her vibrant Autumn paints and dazzle us with her color.




(sort of)

Okay fine, I admit it… I’m horrible at waiting for the colors of Autumn. (they’re sooooo pretty!!!)

But it doesn’t keep me from venturing out, camera in hand:

Cattails in a ditch

cattails in a ditch

decorative grass near a farm and field

decorative grass near a farm and field

brilliant gold on the golf course

gold on the golf course

So far, so good!

And it will be in full brilliance soon!

But then it’ll seem to me that when it does finally start to change, it doesn’t last long enough! (but I don’t mind it because I’ll soon get distracted by the newest shiny-object-that-is-snow… I’m so fickle! haha!)

Corn Moon

Can you tell it’s (almost) a full moon?

Yes. I. Can.

Not just on how I am being affected, but that big-ol-moon is pulling on everyone ~ it only makes sense considering the human body is made up of about 65-70% water!

(ok, I’ve also read the range is from 65-90% water, depending on the body make-up of an individual… but we’re doing full moon, not physiology and human anatomy today! gee, ya smarties!!)

This particular full moon is called the Corn Moon, many refer to it as the Harvest Moon (next month is the Harvest/Hunter’s Moon, which can be really cool around Halloween! Since the lunar month is only 29 days, the moon names and dates can shift from year to year…)

Want to know what else I learned from the Farmers Almanac today?

“Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names.”

Interesting, right?! I think so!

My homage to the corn moon, in photographs:

Corn (ready to harvest!)

Corn (ready to harvest!)

The Corn Moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested.

Full Moon (over the Atlantic)

Full Moon (over the Atlantic)

At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon.

It’s the time to harvest what you can now to put aside for later use.

Also, it’s a great time harness some of the Corn Moon’s “fiery energy” for your spiritual and physical health heading into Autumn (which starts in a few days!)

Then… the colors burst! Can’t wait!

Farm Country

I live in Farm Country.

It’s really quite beautiful. And over the years I’ve realized I’m okay with a vast majority of people knowing very little about where I live.

I also gave up explaining that just because I live in a MidWest state doesn’t mean I’m a farmer… although, and perhaps ironically (to those of you who know me), I wouldn’t mind living out in the country again.

Wanna see why I say that?

nice green corn field seems to go on forever!

nice green corn field seems to go on forever!

beats a skyscraper! and look at the blue sky ~ that's clean air at its finest!

beats a skyscraper! and look at the blue sky ~ that’s clean air at its finest!

high priced transportation (these do cause rush-hour type traffic back up's at times, too)

high-priced transportation (these do cause rush-hour type traffic back up’s at times, too)

Ok, I concede that it’s way-way easier to say that in the summer than in the dead of winter… with the wind blowing the snow around… feeling isolated… (think Diane Keaton in Baby Boom!)

Yeah, check back with me on this in about 6 months! haha!

A quick reminder:
Online photography sale continues ~ about half the pieces have sold! I will keep the sale up until the end of July! Send me a note if you have any questions.
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Barns, revisited

Quick! Name a state where there aren’t any barns?

Ha! Trick question ~ no such thing!

I really like photographing barns, good thing there are so many to choose from.

I seem to be drawn to the ones that look like they’re about to fall down ~ so much character in the worn paint and weathered wood ~ they seem to flat-out refuse to crumble to the ground

this one has looked like this for about 30 years... well built indeed!

this one has looked like this for as long as I can remember

red brick silo and barn

red brick silo and barn

weathered character

weathered character

I’ve spent days exploring the country and taking photographs of just barns. I’m sure I’ll share more again (and again… and again!) They’re a subject I enjoy and they don’t move around or blink! (haha!)

This is also a great example of “photowalking” in your own back yard (especially if you live in the country, then it’s literal!)

Have a great day… don’t forget your camera!