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CMMC: Pick a Topic from Cee’s Picture March Challenge

My favorite of Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenges is the week we get to Pick a Topic from her photo. You can see it here. There are always so many possibilities!

Railroad Crossing, Elkhart, Iowa. March 21, 2021.

I went on a photo scavenger hunt for Railroad Crossing Arms. My first thought didn’t work: boring gray sky and too much traffic. So I decided to head north on a road running parallel to the railroad tracks. Found a RR Crossing in Elkhart where one of the taller structures in town – a water tower – and some spring trees could be captured in one photo. Even better, the sun finally came out!

Road to Alleman, Iowa. May 30, 2019

The picture of a road to Alleman with its grain elevators dates back a couple of years. I tried to duplicate it yesterday but the clouds in the original photo are ever so much better! Topics: road with yellow and white lines, tall structure, and blue sky with clouds.

The third photo is of the tallest building in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. And it’s one I’ve shared before – for a photo challenge with the theme “city.” Not only does it have a tall building, there is a traffic light too.

801 Grand, Des Moines, Iowa. August 31, 2019.

Photo Challenge: City

Good Morning, Des Moines! Photo: TLClark, 8/31/19

Frank Jansen’s photo challenge this week is city. I’m much more likely to be taking pictures of flowers and leaves, bugs and trees so I decided to use the challenge to try something new. I went to Des Moines this morning to take pictures of the skyline and a building or two.

The top photo is looking west down Grand Avenue as the sun is coming up. Being there early Saturday morning meant I could safely stand in the middle of the road! The striped building in the left foreground is the State Historical Building; there is free parking in the garage across the street (pictured at right).

State Capital reflected on the side of the Wallace Building. Photo: TLClark, 8/31/19.

Des Moines is the capital of Iowa, so a picture of the capital building seemed in order. But I caught the reflection of the capital first!

State Capital Building, Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: TLClark, 8/31/19.

Next up is a view of downtown Des Moines from the Capital steps. It was taken with a Sony Cybershot camera which automatically brightened the entire image – it was definitely not that light at the time! Wish I had played with the manual settings on my DSLR camera.

Downtown Des Moines from the Capital steps. Photo: TLClark, 8/31/19.

Next stop was along M.L. King Jr. Parkway. I’m standing on the east end of the bridge over the Des Moines River.

Downtown Des Moines from the MLKing Jr Parkway Bridge. Photo: TLClark, 8/31/19.

The old Brown-Camp Hardware Co. building (on the left) has been converted into residential lofts. From this angle it looks like the two tallest buildings – 801 Grand and the Ruan Center – have traded places since being in the first photo!

Old and New. Des Moines. Photo: TLClark, 8/31/19.

Something is always under construction in Des Moines. Had I had more time I might have tried pictures of the many bridges – including whichever one is under construction this year!

Downtown Des Moines, looking north on 7th.

Having worked in 801 Grand back in the days when I was a computer programmer/analyst, I wanted a picture of just that building. This first photo is taken from a block east on High Street. It shows just one of the 20 or more sky walk bridges that make it possible to go from building to building in downtown Des Moines without ever going outside – a great deal on cold, blustery days of winter and hot, humid days of summer!

801 Grand and Skywalk. Photo: TLClark, 8/31/19.
801 Grand at the Corner of 8th and Grand, Des Moines. Photo: TLClark, 8/31/19.