The Masters Experience

I’m still in a cloud. You’re probably tired of me tweeting about this subject, but I’m still feeling a Masters hangover. You know that feeling: when you’ve looked forward to something for so long, then it’s over almost as quickly as it began.  “Anticlimaticism.“ That’s me as I unravel from my first steps on the hallowed…

Iowa City Jazz Festival 2014

I’ve said this before, but I love summer.  One of the reasons I love summer is the countless opportunities you should have to take in a fabulous local music festival.  I’ve also said this before: I LOVE the Iowa City Jazz Festival.  There are so many reasons why: It’s FREE Iowa City is a fantastic…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Regrettably, I’ve been away from the photo challenges of late.  Unfortunately, I have not stayed current with the topics, so forgive me as I play a little catch-up here.  However, this topic caught me enthusiastically.  Last weekend, we took a little trip to Chicago to get away from the repetition of home and hit the…

Winter Highlights at “Lock and Dam Number 14”

As I’ve written and shown, Winter 2014 in Iowa was simply brutal.  Furthermore as I’ve written and shown, to endure you must embrace.  So, to me, there is no better way to embrace the value of Winter in Iowa than to head over to the Mississippi River where the once endangered American Bald Eagle has…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Upon reading the theme of this week’s photo challenge (Layers), I knew exactly what I was going to share.  I had never seen the Badlands of South Dakota until this summer as we were on pour way to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  If this landscape doesn’t scream “layers”, I don’t know what does….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit (Old Faithful)

The weekly photo challenge this week is to present photos that represent “habit”.  I actually have two ideas coming quickly to my mind.  This post will be all about the habitual force of nature. Noting in nature is more predictable than the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park.  Old Faithful erupts approximately every 90…

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of Me

The Hue of me?  I had to think about this one quite a bit.  The Hue of You is the theme of this week’s photo challenge where we are to photograph and post something that describes our personal hue, or color tone.  Something, I guess, that describes our emotional color tone.  Man, that’s deep.  Like,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinity

The photo challenge of the week is to post a photo that describes “infinity”.  I would suspect that most entries in response to that challenge will have something to do with a long horizon line or subject lines leading to a vanishing point.  I’m going to take a different approach and point my camera to…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

I’ve been absent from the weekly challenge for a few weeks.  I guess that is what happens during football season.  But, this week’s challenge has inspired me to post.  The challenge this week is to post a photo that describes “Good Morning” to me.  Well, this summer I had one of the best mornings ever…

My Heart Breaks for You, Estes Park

We have enjoyed several family vacations to Estes Park, CO and Rocky Mountain National Park.  The news and scenes of the devastating floods from this weeks torrential rainfall is heart-breaking.  Not many days go by without us thinking of our stays at our favorite lodge at the River Stone and Bear Paw resort.  With it…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree II

I guess I’m in a pretty carefree mood these days.  Sorry, but I need to share another view of “carefree”.  Why do we long for sunsets on the water?  Because they’re AWESOME!  Especially when you can share them with those you love.  Here is my daughter and I caught in the silhouette of the sunset…

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways in the Tetons

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week at WordPress Daily Post is to shoot the same scene two ways: Landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical).  This seems like a great opportunity to share a scene I shot while visiting the Grand Teton National Park a few weeks ago.  On this day, the weather was grey and dreary….