New Life

I haven’t posted to this blog in nearly a full year. I think its time to resurrect this space.  I’ve been busy shooting, but you’d never know it by the looks of it here. So, here it goes.  Restart. Sort of a “new life”, or a rebirth if you will. I can’t think of a…

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…

Derecho storm

Yesterday in Cedar Rapids, IA we witnessed a massive, destructive thunderstorm known as a “derecho”. These are severe thunderstorms that are sustained traveling very long distances, pack winds in excessive of 80 mph, and are accompanied by torrential rains and hail. I watched the storm approach us. The lead cloud structure had a very recognizable bow,…

Blood Moon 2

Here is another shot I was able to snap of the Lunar Eclipse tonight. This one shows more of the brilliant red color. The sky was perfectly clear here in Iowa tonight, however it was very cold in the low 20s F. Apparently we are in store for 3 more of these events over the…

Blood Moon 1

Here’s a photo I was able to capture of the Lunar Eclipse as seen in North America (Iowa) this evening. This was my first memorable experience of the Blood Moon. It was an incredible sight to see.

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…

Berries Bring the Birds

I’ve blogged recently about the dreadfully long and brutal winter we’ve had here in the Midwest and in particular, Iowa.  However, about three weeks ago the unexpected happened in my backyard.  See, we have six flowering crab trees that encompass two sides of our patio that we planted for privacy.  Last spring these crab trees…

The Winter of All Winters – 2014

I’m really sorry I have kind of been ignoring this blogging business as of late.  It’s not that I haven’t been taking shots, it’s that I have not spent the energy translating the shots into some content here.  Perhaps it’s due to the longest, most intense winter grind I think I have ever experienced here…

Merry Christmas To All!

To all my friends, followers, and family; May your lives be overwhelmed with the simplicity of the First Christmas as the newborn Savior of the world is born in a manger and wrapped in cloths.  There is much to ponder in that knowledge and my wish for you in 2014. Peace on Earth! Merry Christmas…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

My wife and I staged this photo this summer to illustrate a theme of Christ-centered care giving within our community.  When I read the theme of this weeks photo challenge – Let there be light – this shot came to mind immediately. Hopefully, you find that this image is worth thousands of words.  What does…

The Full Moon

I’m really fascinated lately by photographing the moon.  Over the 6 weeks or so, I have shared some images of the moon in its various stages.   Tonight was a cool, crips, and vibrantly clear night here in Eastern Iowa and a full moon.  So, I decided to grab the tripod, my camera, and a…