Here is a collection of pictures I took at Dickcissel back in early September. Mostly of Naima, but one wildflower picture.
Naima sure enjoys her trips to Dickcissel.
Most of the pictures in the folders 2010-05-09 & 2010-05-09 are from when I drove around with my Mom touring all the places she ever worked at. We did this tour right before she retired.
It made me think about if I were to retire tomorrow (dare to dream I know) what buildings I have worked in. If you don’t count bean walking or detasseling, I’ve worked in 6 buildings. Not counting the fact that I currently work from home. 3 of those buildings are still there. 3 of them have been torn down.
Here are the pictures:
If you want to know what each of those places represent to my Mom’s work career, click on the appropriate link below.
Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will definitely involve my Mom.
The pictures in the folder 2010-05-07 were all taken in Brookside Park. Some during the day. Some at night.
Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve my Mom’s retirement.
I just want to start by congratulating Joe Biden on winning the election to become the next President of the United States of America!
Back when I was on President Quest 2020, my search for who would be the next President of the United States, I did go see Joe Biden at the Boone County Fairgrounds. I did get my picture taken with him. Joe took the picture with my phone:
If you are interested on revisiting my post on when I saw Joe Biden speak, you can click on the link below:
I spent my election day on Tuesday as a Mail-In Ballot Poll Watcher at the Boone County Courthouse. It was 12 hours that were very educational, very interesting, and very boring. I plan on writing a whole thing on that day (because I have much to say), but the short version is, I was very impressed with the people who do what is an incredibly tedious and incredibly thankless job. They do it very well and they do it very fair. These people are saints!
Thought I would share a small collection of flower photos I took in early October:
I think I’m actually starting to run low on flower pictures, but there are still a ton of them out there to be curated as well. It is a conundrum.
The pictures from the folder 2010-05-02 are from the day that Alexis and my Mom came over and planted some flowers at my house. Mostly around my light post. A flowerbed that I am going to expand, maybe considerably, in 2021.
Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Mother’s Day.
Happy Halloween! At the time of my writing this, the CDC has recently announced that Beggars’ Night should be cancelled. I have a feeling Boone will still be handing out candy, because if we allowed Super Nationals to happen… well the bar has been set pretty low and the greatest worry is not tripping over it. Either way, I’ll be sitting on my couch watching scary movies tonight. Maybe with a table of candy on my driveway. Maybe not. I guess we’ll see.
Which makes it time for me to reveal by 2020 Candy Bar Power Rankings. There are some changes from last year:
2020 Candy Bar Power Rankings
10. Baby Ruth
5. Twix Caramel
4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
3. Take 5
2. Peanut M&M’s
No interviews at this time. Please respect my decision.
Still, Three Musketeers and Milky Way are the most garbage candy that you will never see me handing out to trick-or-treaters.
The pictures in the folder 2010-04-30 fall mostly into two categories. Pictures of Willy running. Pictures of frogs. Two pretty great subjects in my book!
Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve flowers, Alexis, and my Mom.
A couple weeks ago I followed the trail from the Kate Shelley Railroad Museum to the remains of the bridge that she crossed to save all those lives all those years ago.
If you don’t know the story of Kate Shelley, it goes something like this from the Wikipedia page:
On the afternoon of July 6, 1881, heavy thunderstorms caused a flash flood of Honey Creek, washing out timbers that supported the railroad trestle. A pusher locomotive sent from Moingona to check track conditions crossed the Des Moines River bridge, but plunged into Honey Creek when the bridge fell away at about 11pm, with a crew of four — Edgar Wood, A. P. Olmstead, Adam Agar, and Patrick Donahue.
Kate heard the crash, and knew that an eastbound express passenger train was due in Moingona about midnight, stopping shortly before heading east over the Des Moines River and then Honey Creek. She found two surviving crew members, Edgar Wood and Adam Agar, and shouted that she would get help, having to cross the Des Moines River bridge along the way. Although she started with a lantern, it went out, and she crawled the span on her hands and knees with only lightning for illumination. Once across, she had to cover about two miles on ground to the Moingona depot to sound the alarm. She then led a party back to rescue Edgar and Adam. Edgar, perched in a tree, grasped a rope thrown to him, and came ashore hand-over-hand. Adam couldn’t be reached until the floodwaters began to recede. Pat Donahue’s body was eventually found in a cornfield a quarter mile downstream from the bridge, but A .P. Olmsted was never found. The passenger train was stopped at Scranton, with about 200 aboard.
Only the remains of the bridge are left as this set of railroad tracks was abandoned a long time ago. A lot of people think the bridge that she crossed is the Kate Shelley Memorial High Bridge, but that bridge was actually built decades later. The construction of that bridge ultimately doomed the railroad line that went through Moingona.
This map of the railroads from 1908 shows where these tracks went from leaving Boone to entering Ogden.
As near as I can tell, there is only one picture of the bridge that Kate Shelley did cross out there. It is very small:
From what I can tell, the bridge she crossed was replaced in 1894. If you go out to the remains now, there are a couple of the stone supports left, but the structures that held up the middle of the bridge had been replaced with concrete supports. Now I’m not an archaeologist, but I believe that the piles of stone that are found near the base of the concrete supports are what remains of the stone supports that they replaced. I also believe that the remains of the wood box that would’ve been built to hold the river back while they built the concrete support can also be found near the center concrete support.
All of that is 100% conjecture on my part, but I think it makes sense. You can only see these things when the river is crazy low. It was crazy low when I went out there a couple weeks ago.
If you want to get the remains of the bridge, you go to the Kate Shelley Railroad Museum and then walk the trail that goes along where the old railroad tracks were until you get to the Des Moines River. With apologies to Wikipedia, I’d guess it is closer to a mile rather than 2 miles. See map:
Any way, here are some pictures I took out there with Rodan139:
I will be going out there again in the near future for part of THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT in the near future. Let me know if anybody is up for a short hike.
This is your reminder that this week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is FRAMED:
A FRAMED image is an image where the subject of your picture is framed by objects that create negative space around it.
Happy photo harvesting!
Today’s collection is a series of macro photos I took of a grasshopper hanging out by my back patio. I took this series of pictures back in August. Looking at these pictures I think has triggered the earliest I’ve ever missed warm weather. Even though the temperature yesterday was fairly decent.
At least the weather for Halloween is supposed to be okay and it is supposed to be pretty nice on Election Day.
This post is mostly a catch-all of cleaning up some image collections taken back in August, that were either going to part of bigger journal entries that I have abandoned or just a few rando pictures taken here and there that I just want to clean up and get out of the way.
The first little collection is pictures taken from church when they presented scholarships to Autumn, Summer, and Jentry:
Church went back to the building in October. They opened all the windows in the sanctuary to increase air circulation. It gets pretty cold in there. Makes me miss warm weather all the more.
The second collection of pictures is of the creamed honey I purchased from Honey Hollow, AKA Shannon and her husband’s business. I got the straight honey, raspberry, and mango. I was going to do a little review and endorsement deal on them, and I still might some day. But I think it is sufficient to say, that it is honey. It is delicious. It doesn’t crystallize because it is creamed.
At one point I was going to do an entry on a remote control I bought for the A7 II. I think it is sufficient to say that I bought a remote control and I use it now and again. Usually with long exposures.
Speaking of photo equipment entries I planned and never made. I bought an infrared filter to play with. I have since misplaced this filter. It is one of 3 things in my house that I’m currently keeping an eye out for.
There there were some night sky photo I took when playing with a new fisheye lens.
I need to do some night photography again before it gets too cold.
Then finally, just a couple rando photos:
Feels good to get these pictures out there. Real good.