Category Archives: History

Washington County Aux. – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of auxiliary images from my road trip to Washington County to harvest their town signs. A few of these are still in Riverside. Which I consider to be a must visit for anybody that likes Star Trek.


Washington County - Riverside
Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Ainsworth
Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Crawfordsville
Crawfordsville

Washington County - Crawfordsville

Washington County - Crawfordsville

Henry County - Olds
Olds

Henry County - Olds

Henry County - Olds

Henry County - Wayland
Wayland

Washington County - Coppock
Coppock

Washington County - Coppock

Still one more collection of images to share from this road trip!

Washington County Aux. – Vol. 1

Back in early July I took a day and tooled around Washington County harvesting their town signs. The two best things in Washington County is that it is the home of Riverside, which is the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. The other awesome part is it is the home of Kalona, my favorite town in Iowa to visit. However, I didn’t spend much time in Kalona on this trip.

Here is the first collection of images:


Johnson County - Oxford
Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Washington County - Riverside
Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

There are many things up for debate in this world. But one thing that isn’t, is that the best captain the Enterprise ever had or will have was James T. Kirk.

Still more to share from this trip!

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of images from my road trip to Allamakee County (and Clayton County) to harvest their town signs with Teresa. The first couple pictures are in Clayton County. The rest are in Allamakee County.


Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Hardin
Hardin – Ghost Town

Allamakee County - Waukon
Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Lycurgus
Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lansing
Lansing

There is still many more images from this road trip left to share. On the next collection I will talk about the bridge in the last picture that crosses the Mississippi River from Iowa to Wisconsin in Lansing. Enjoy it now, cause it won’t be around for much longer.

On a Boat Like Leo

Happy Friday the 13th to those who celebrate! I celebrate by going to Jimmy’s for their free sandwich Friday the 13th special. I’ll see you there.

This is a good time to share more pictures from my camping trip with Carla and Jason. I actually had to cut the camping trip shorter than I wanted because I had to drive from Spirit Lake to Johnston for a little kid’s birthday party. So I didn’t get to stay through until Sunday. Hopefully I get a chance to go camping with Carla and Jason again this year and won’t have to leave early.

We still had a pretty cool day with the time I was there. We visited the site of the Spirit Lake “Massacre” and then we tooled around I think 3 of the Great Lakes of Iowa. On a boat!


Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Okoboji Camping Trip

Still more pictures from this trip to share!

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is REFLECTION:


WEEK 383 - REFLECTION
REFLECTION

REFLECTION! What a great theme to kick of Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what in tarnation is a REFLECTION picture. It is simply enough a picture where a major compositional element of the picture is a REFLECTION. Mirrors obviously make great REFLECTIONs. But there are other things that REFLECT(ION) as well. For example water. I nicely waxed floor. Eyes. The list just goes on and on. Also, don’t forget that there is more than one definition of REFLECTION.

Happy photo harvesting!

Fayette & Winneshiek County Aux – Vol. 4

Time to share the final collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Fayette and Winneshiek Counties. Included in this collection are pictures taken at Montauk. Montauk is the mansion and home Iowa’s 12th Governor William Larrabee. I don’t know anything about William Larrabee, but I’m guessing his entire platform wasn’t to destroy rural schools to line the pocketbooks of the out-of-state interests that funded his campaign.

Here is the final collection of images:


Allamakee County - Postville
Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Fayette County - Montauk
Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Clermont
Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Elgin
Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County

Fayette County

Fayette County

Fayette County

If you don’t know what The Straight Story is, here it is from the Wiki:

In June 1994, Straight’s 80-year-old brother Henry Straight (Palisade, January 4, 1914 – Iowa, June 15, 1998) had suffered a stroke. At the age of 73 and in poor health from diabetes, emphysema and other ailments, Straight could not see well enough for a driver’s license, so he decided his only option was to travel on his 1966 John Deere riding lawn mower.

Setting off in early July 1994, Straight drove the mower along highway shoulders, towing a trailer loaded with gasoline, camping gear, clothes, and food from his home in Laurens, Iowa to his brother in Blue River, Wisconsin.

About four days and 21 miles into the trip, the lawn mower broke down in West Bend, Iowa. Straight spent $250 on replacement parts, including a condenser, plugs, a generator, and a starter.

After traveling another 90 miles, Straight ran out of money while in Charles City, Iowa. He camped there for a few days until his next Social Security checks arrived in August. He was interviewed by local newspapers. On August 15, Straight’s lawn mower broke down again when he was two miles from his brother’s house near Blue River. A farmer stopped and helped him push it the rest of the way. At a top speed of 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h), the trip took six weeks in all. After the visit, his nephew, Dayne Straight, drove him back to Iowa in his pickup truck.

Henry Straight recovered from his stroke and moved back to Iowa to be closer to Alvin Straight and the rest of his family.

Paul Condit, president and general manager of Texas Equipment Company, Inc., in Seminole, Texas, heard about the trip and gave Straight a 17-horsepower John Deere replacement riding mower worth $5,000. Straight disliked the media attention from the lawn mower trip. He turned down offers to appear on various TV talk shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.

David Lynch (of all filmmakers) turned the story into the movie THE STRAIGHT STORY. Richard Farnsworth played Alvin Straight and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

The film was shot in chronological order along the original route that Alvin Straight took. Richard Farnsworth was suffering from terminal cancer during production and the paralysis of his legs shown in the film was real. He took his own life they year after the shooting of the film.

The movie currently streams on Disney+.

The next county we will visit for auxiliary images will be a little bit different. It will mostly involve a camping trip I made with Carla and Jason, but I consider them to be auxiliary images because I did take one town sign picture on the trip.

I Will

It’s not the end of the world
It’s not even over, but it will be soon
I never learned my lessons, I just changed my tune
And no one seems to notice
But you will, you will

It’s no big deal
But the last thing I think of when I close my eyes
And the first thing on my mind when I arise
It is a day and you’re not really in my life

You can try and you won’t find it where you’re looking
You can hold it till it’s putty in your hands
And you can’t break a heart that wasn’t even yours to break
You can never be there for me in the end
And I will do the right thing
I will, I will, I will
I will, I will, I will

Thursdays are for flowers. And this flower collection was taken at the Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair on the same day that Baby Got Rack dominated the barbecue competition.


Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

You know I love flowers. You know I love flowertography. You know I love Brandi Carlile (in fact just paid $230 to go see her in concert with Sara and Shawn). You can probably guess I love the song “I Will”.

However, I can’t publish a post with the title “I Will” without mentioning the “I Will” that is most important to the Cyclone Family.

If you don’t know, the stadium where Iowa State plays football in the only major football stadium in the country named for an African-American. It is named for Jack Trice. Jack Trice was the first African-American to play football for Iowa State.

Trice was an Iowa State student of animal husbandry and a member of the Cyclone football and track and field teams. He suffered severe injuries in his second collegiate football game and died in Ames on Oct. 8, 1923. He was 21.

Before his last game, he wrote the following letter to himself at his hotel:

To whom it may concern:

My thoughts just before the first real college game of my life. The honor of my race, family, and self are at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will! My whole body and soul are to be thrown recklessly about on the field tomorrrow. Every time the ball is snapped will be trying to do more than my part.

On all defensive plays, I must break through the opponents line at (sic) stop the play in their territory. Beware of mass interference, fight low with your eyes open and toward the play. Roll block the interference. Watch out for cross bucks and reverse end runs. Be on your toes every minute if you expect to make good.
~ Jack

His I will! Has become an important rally cry for Iowa State University. 2023 is the 100 year anniversary of Jack’s death. The university is honoring his legacy with an art installation, changing a street name to Jack Trice Way, a lecture series, art exhibition, and the team will wear throwback uniforms at a home game in the upcoming season.

For more information on Jack Trice and how Iowa State is honoring him, visit: https://jacktrice100.com/

Also, you know I have more flower pictures to share!

Fayette & Winneshiek County Aux – Vol. 3

Time to reveal the September image for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar:


2023 Calendar - September
September

The September image is a macro image of a gazania. This picture was taken in my yard. I put this picture in September because that is the birthday month of my Mom and she taught me the joy of growing flowers. She had some of the best flowerbeds and was constantly experimenting with new flowers.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: June 23 – 1:23 PM
LENS: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro
FOCAL LENGTH: 105mm
APERTURE: f/11
EXPOSURE: 1/160
ISO: 800
EXPOSURE BIAS: +.3

Tomorrow I will reveal the October image for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar.

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Time for another collection of auxiliary images from my road trip to Fayette and Winneshiek Counties to harvest their town signs. Many of these pictures were taken at the Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville.

Here is some information on a pretty cool little piece of Iowa history and some amazing clocks:

The history of the Bily Brothers, Frank and Joseph, began on the farm where they were born and raised. Located between Ridgeway and Spillville, Iowa, the farm is where the two brothers started their carvings. These uniquely designed clocks have attracted people from all areas of the United States, Canada and from many foreign countries as well.

Beginning in 1913, the brothers employed the idle hours of long winter days and evenings with their skills of woodcarving. Being farmers and carpenters, they carved only as a hobby while still doing their regular chores and maintaining a well kept farm. In 1915 and 1916, they built the Apostle Clock from which the Twelve Apostles appear on the hour. During the period of 1923-1927, the Bily Brothers added their masterpiece to the collection, The American Pioneer History Clock. A memorial clock to Charles Lindbergh was carved in 1928 commemorating his historic flight. In these beautiful artistically carved clocks the brothers have used woods from a number of foreign countries as well as numerous pieces of walnut, butternut, maple and oaks from North America.

The Bily Brothers moved their collection to Spillville in 1946. They bequeathed the clocks to the town of Spillville with an agreement that they would never be sold or moved from their present location.The second floor of the building was the home of the famous Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak, and his family during the summer of 1893.

-From https://www.bilyclocks.org/the-bily-brothers

It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Here is the 3rd collection of auxiliary images from these counties:


Winneshiek County - Spillville
Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County- Ossian
Ossian

Winneshiek County- Ossian

Winneshiek County- Ossian

Winneshiek County - Calmar
Calmar

Allamakee County - Postville
Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Postville is actually mostly in Allamakee County and partially in Clayton County.

One more collection of pictures from this road trip still to come.

Fayette & Winneshiek County Aux – Vol. 2

Today is Christmas Eve. This year I didn’t share any kind of Advent Candle Devotionals. I think it is just part of Christmas sneaking up on me this year. But I better share one. The one for lighting the Christ Candle tonight.

Advent hope moves us; Advent love leads us; Advent joy stirs us; Advent peace stills us, that we might affirm our King Jesus.

It is time we set flame to this Advent affirmation by lighting the Christ Candle.

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea. He was the long-awaited Messiah whose coming was prophesied. The same Jesus lives today in our hearts. He deserves our highest loyalty and total commitment. In Jesus Christ, our hope is fulfilled; our love is consummated; our joy is complete; and our peace is sealed.

Rejoice, a Savior is born.

A savior is born, indeed. Joy to the world!

Merry Christmas Eve everybody!

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Time to reveal the May image for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar:


2023 Calendar - May
May

This image is of the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida. It is also an image I knew that I was going to process in black and white. I was in Miami Beach for the computer mine and I happened across the memorial sorta by accident. I knew it existed because Tony had brought it up, but I didn’t actually intend to see it. I was walking around the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens that were unfortunately closed and I walked straight into one of the most unique and powerful pieces of art I have ever seen.

May is my birthday month, so I frequently like to put a picture that I don’t think will have a lot of mass appeal, but that I personally love. It is sort of a gift to myself.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M2
DATE: May 22, 2022 – 6:30 PM
LENS: Tamron 17-28 f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 17mm
APERTURE: f/5
EXPSOURE: 1/80
ISO: 100
EXPOSURE BIAS: +1.0
FIELD OF VIEW: 93.3 degrees

Tomorrow I will reveal the June image of the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar.

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Time to reveal the second collection of images I took while cruising around Fayette and Winneshiek Counties harvesting their town signs.


Fayette County - Waucoma
Waucoma

Fayette County - Waucoma

Fayette County - Waucoma

Fayette County - Waucoma

Fayette County - Waucoma

Fayette County - Waucoma

Fayette County - Waucoma

Fayette County - Waucoma

Winneshiek County - Fort Atkinson
Fort Atkinson

Winneshiek County - Fort Atkinson

Winneshiek County - Fort Atkinson

Winneshiek County - Fort Atkinson

Winneshiek County - Fort Atkinson

Winneshiek County - Fort Atkinson

Winneshiek County - Spillville
Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

Winneshiek County - Spillville

I’ll talk about the Bily Clock Museum in a future post. It a pretty cool museum with one of a kind clocks that only exist in that museum.

Still more to share from this road trip.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is EXPLORE:


WEEK 380 - EXPLORE
EXPLORE

REMINDER: Next Monday is the day after Christmas. It isn’t a holiday per se, but most people don’t work. I don’t work at my day job. I might just go on a road trip that day. What I am saying is plan to get your submission in cause you might not get any kind of reminder.
EXPLORE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is an EXPLORE picture? Simply put it is a picture taken of somebody that is EXPLOR(E)ing or trying to at least. See Billy’s efforts in the theme reveal image. It can be of something you found when you were out on the EXPLORE. Or it could be a picture of things you use when you are out on the EXPLORE. There are so many possibilities!

Happy photo harvesting!

Fayette & Winneshiek County Aux – Vol. 1

Time to reveal the February image for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar:


2023 Calendar - February
February

I took this macro image of a hollyhock in my yard. It is a little known fact that I am one of the premiere hollyhock farmers in all of Boone, Iowa. People comes from miles around to walk down my alley to see the numerous hollyhocks that line my back fence. While that isn’t true, it should be. Hollyhocks are a Top 5 flower in my flower gardens. Maybe even Top 3. You can make dolls out of them. I don’t know how to do that, but my Aunt Linda assures me it can be done.

This picture doesn’t have a strong connection to February. February is the month that houses the one true holiday that hasn’t been commercialized at all…. Valentine’s Day. So I like to put a “romantic” image here. Flowers are romantic, right?

TECHNICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: July 19,2022 – 8:21 PM
LENS: Tamron 105mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 105mm
APERTUFE: f/6.3
EXPOSURE: 1/13
ISO: 400
EXPOSURE BIAS: -.3
FIELD OF 19.5 degrees

Tomorrow I will reveal the March image.

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Several months back I tooled around Fayette and Winneshiek County harvesting their town signs. I would have spent more time in Winneshiek County, but I actually been to the stunning Decorah a few times, so I didn’t spend as much time there as I would like. I need to get back there and photograph it sometime soon though.

Here is the first collection of images. All from Fayette County:


Fayette County - Oelwein
Oelwein

Fayette County - Oelwein

Fayette County - Oelwein

Fayette County - Oelwein

Fayette County - Oelwein

Fayette County - Oelwein

Fayette County - Oelwein

Fayette County - Oelwein

Fayette County - Oelwein

Fayette County - Maynard
Maynard

Fayette County - Maynard

Fayette County - Maynard

Fayette County - Randalia
Randalia

Fayette County - Fayette
Fayette

Fayette County - West Union
West Union

Fayette County - West Union

Fayette County - West Union

Fayette County - West Union

Fayette County - West Union

Fayette County - West Union

Fayette County - West Union

Fayette County - West Union

Fayette County - Saint Lucas
Saint Lucas

Fayette County - Saint Lucas

Fayette County - Saint Lucas

Fayette County - Saint Lucas

Fayette County - Waucoma
Waucoma

Still a ton more pictures to share from this road trip!

Delaware County Aux. – Vol. 2

Time for another collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Delaware County. Included in this collection are some pictures of Ss. Peter & Paul in Petersburg, Iowa was the first consecrated church in the state of Iowa. As you know, I’m not Catholic. I’m Methodist. I have no clue what a consecrated church is. My assumption is that vampires wouldn’t be allowed to cross into the church without dying. But since a vampire can’t enter a house without being invited, I assume they couldn’t enter a church without being invited either. Of course, few organizations have such a seedy history as the Catholic Church (the Boy Scouts come to mind) there probably are lots of priests over the years that have invited vampires into churches. However, since vampires are considered corrupted or evil, they cannot enter holy places any ways. In conclusion, since vampires can’t enter any church,if they be holy, although I’m pretty sure there are a ton of churches out there that aren’t holy (looking at you Joe Osteen), I don’t understand the point of a consecrated church.

Here are the pictures:


Delaware County - Manchester
Manchester

Delaware County - Delhi
Delhi

Delaware County - Delhi

Delaware County - Delhi

Delaware County - Delhi

Delaware County - Delhi

Delaware County - Delhi

Delaware County - Greeley
Greeley

Delaware County - Greeley

Delaware County - Greeley

Delaware County - Greeley

Delaware County - Edgewood
Edgewood

Delaware County - Edgewood

Delaware County - Edgewood

Delaware County - Edgewood

Delaware County - Colesburg
Colesburg

Delaware County - Colesburg

Delaware County - Colesburg

Delaware County - Petersburg
Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

Delaware County - Petersburg

I should clarify. I know lots of Catholics. They fit into 3 categories. Practicing. Lapsed. Recovering. Lapsed is by far the largest category. Whenever I come across something in Catholicism that it completely foreign to me I’ll ring one of them up. They also seem to never know what I’m talking about. An Oratorio is a good example.

So I did a little research on my own. And by research I don’t mean watched a YouTube video and was instantly convinced by conspiracy theory X. I went to a website called Spires of Faith. Which covers 5 Catholic parishes in the area. This is what is said about the consecrated church.

On October 24, 1906, SS Peter & Paul Church became the first consecrated church in the state of Iowa. In attendance were Archbishop John Keane, Bishop Schinner of Superior, Wisconsin and many other priests and faithful. Note: A consecrated church is a building solemnly set apart for the worship of God, and therefore making abandonment or alienation for secular purposes unlawful. Perfect solidarity in the construction of the church and free from all debt are demanded as prerequisites to the consecration ceremony.

I notice that there is no mention of vampires. Seems like a miss to me.

Either way, it is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen and there are more pictures of it still coming.

For the record, none of my Catholic friends ever ask me about prevenient grace and that hurts my feelings.