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Photo Challenge: Coast

Oregon Coast at the Mouth of the Columbia River. Photo: TLClark, 5/12/2010.

The only “coasts” in Iowa are along the boundaries marked by the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. So I took some time to go back through vacation photos to meet the photo challenge of coast.

One of our favorite places to vacation is Astoria, Oregon. It always includes time just watching the waves roll in where the Pacific Ocean meets the mouth of the Columbia River.

Oregon Coast at the Mouth of the Columbia River. Photo: TLClark, 10/13/2011.

The first two photos are looking north toward the state of Washington (which can be seen in the top picture) . The next picture is looking south along the Oregon Coast.

John Watching the Waves, Oregon Coast. Photo: TLClark, 10/13/11.

This last image shows the observation platform from which the other pictures were taken.

Pacific Ocean, NW Oregon Coast. Photo: TLClark, 10/13/11.

Thank-you, Frank, for the challenge!

Photo Challenge: Groceries

Groceries. Who takes pictures when grocery shopping?!! I did today! Just because Frank issued a groceries photo challenge on Tuesday. My husband John agreed to be photographed as we did the weekly shopping. Come along to the store with us.

First, a list!

John adding to the grocery list. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

Next, decide on a grocery store. John had a prescription ready for pick-up at the Hy-Vee Pharmacy so the decision was easy. Our other choice is Fareway – it’s closer to where we live. Fareway stores are smaller than Hy-Vee stores. If you want lots of choices and don’t mind adding a lot of steps to your pedometer, go to Hy-Vee. If you just want to get the basics and prefer to be done sooner rather than later, go to Fareway. (There are other choices, but it’s Fareway or Hy-Vee for us.)

Hy-Vee, North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

We almost always start on the end with the produce section. I was going to take a picture of the Honey Crisp apples but as I pulled out my camera three other shoppers appeared. What you can’t see is the Starbucks stand behind me and a salad bar and a Hy-Vee Market Grill to my left (less restaurant than it used to be but still a place to sit down to eat).

Pears and Apples. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

The bakery – or, more precisely, the bread – is one reason I like shopping in this store.

Bread in the Bakery. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

Since having all of his teeth extracted this summer, we’ve been supplementing John’s diet. Here he is trying to decide on which flavor of protein shakes to buy.

Supplemental Nutrition Aisle. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

It’s the cereal aisle! Did you know you can know get peanut butter and honey flavored instant oatmeal?

Cereal Aisle. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

Ah, yogurt. So many choices.

Yogurt Choices. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

Always glad to walk by the in-store florist shop. Flowers make me smile. Just because.

Flowers…Just Because. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

John picked-up his prescription while I paid for the groceries before we headed out the door.

Grocerie Bagged. Photo: TLClark, 10/3/19.

Photo Challenge: Stone

Stone Fountain and Bridge, Krueger Park, Bethany United Church of Christ, Baxter, Iowa. Photo: TLClark.

Only after going out with camera in hand in search of a picture of a stone for this week’s Tuesday photo challenge did I remember these stone structures in a park attached to a church I once served as an Interim Minister. I found pictures in my digital files so the post I had in mind will have to wait!

Krueger Park, established in the 1930s, is just behind Bethany United Church of Christ, a country congregation two miles east of the small town of Baxter, Iowa. The church and park are surrounded by farmland.

Detail of Bowl of Stone Fountain, Krueger Park, Bethany United Church of Christ, Baxter, Iowa. Photo: TLClark.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

Psalm 36:7-9, NRSV
Detail of Base of Stone Fountain, Krueger Park, Bethany United Church of Christ, Baxter, Iowa. Photo: TLClark.

Some time in the past there was a pump so water could flow into a little stream from the fountain, under the bridge and into a small pond below.

Next to the pond is a lighthouse.

Stone Lighthouse, Krueger Park, Bethany United Church of Christ, Baxter, Iowa. Photo: TLCLark.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 

John 8:12, NRSV
Back of Stone Lighthouse, Krueger Park, Bethany United Church of Christ, Baxter, Iowa. Photo: TLCLark.

The congregation holds worship services in the park on the first Sunday of summer months. The grounds are perfect for games during Vacation Bible School at the end of July. There’s a fire pit that is used for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows after the annual hay rack ride in October.

Photo Challenge: Fuzzy

Fuzzy Spider Web. Photo: TLClark, 9/21/19.

I left the camera at home when heading out the door for a walk this morning. It looked like it could rain and I wasn’t very hopeful about finding anything fuzzy for Frank’s Tuesday photo challenge. After noticing cattails and milkweed and a few other potentially fuzzy subjects I circled back home, grabbed the camera, and headed out again.

Spider in Fuzzy Web. Photo: TLClark, 9/21/19.

Spiderwebs were the surprise of the day! I definitely did not see them until getting off the path. With prey as big as the predator the spider web in the next photo caught my eye first. Just beyond it was a web that had caught all sorts of fluffy, fuzzy stuff (top two pictures)!

A Spider with Breakfast. Photo: TLClark, 9/21/19.

Neither the cattails nor the milkweed were particularly fuzzy. But here are two other plants ready to spread their white fuzzy seeds.

Photo: TLClark, 9/21/19.
Photo: TLClark, 9/21/19.

Photo Challenge: Focus

Barbed Wire, Neumann Ranch, Eastern Montana. Photo: TLClark, 8/13/2012.

I was eager to play with my camera in response to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Focus. But rain one day and wind the next made focusing more of a challenge than I cared to attempt. I perused my digital photography files instead.

The barbed wire photo was a surprise! I took pictures rather than help Dad water the garden at the Neumann Ranch that day. There are other fence pictures in the batch none that fit the challenge so well.

Wild Plum and Leaf, Neumann Ranch, Eastern Montana. Photo: TLClark, 8/16/2012.

Picking wild plums is a fond memory of my childhood. In a good year there were more than enough plums to eat your fill and fill-up a bucket so Mom could make plum jelly. It was fun to find plums ripe enough to pick six years ago when back for a visit.

Wheat, Eastern Montana. Photo: TLClark, 8/26/2008.

While I live in corn and soybean country these days, the grain grown where I grew up was wheat. I remember wishing I had more time to try again after reviewing the wheat pictures I took there more than a decade ago. Nevertheless this particular one seems to fit the challenge: a few heads of grain in focus, the rest caught in the wind.

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.

Photo Challenge: Lock

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Three Padlocks. Photo: TLClark, 8/15/19.

With the Tuesday photo challenge of lock in mind I headed for the junk box in the coat closet.  We have a pseudo junk drawer in the kitchen – repository of stuff that doesn’t quite belong elsewhere.  But it’s unlikely to contain things like locks.

The junk box, on the other hand, has all sorts of treasures.  It’s the place to find a hammer and some nails, batteries of all sizes, a large flashlight, packing tape, electrician tape, Duct tape, superglue, string and (hopefully) locks.

But the box wasn’t in the coat closet.  When our floors were replaced in July the junk box was stashed in the garage.  I found it near the tool box and was not disappointed:  three padlocks with keys, a bike lock and a PowerLock tape measure!

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Locks in the Junk Box.  Photo: TLClark, 8/15/19.

Meanwhile, my husband was looking for his combination padlock from 1958.  We’d both seen it as things were sorted and discarded or repacked and moved for the floor project.  But the lock seemed to have vanished.

Until this morning – when it was found hiding in plain sight!

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High School Padlock (1958) – front.  Photo: TLClark, 8/16/19.

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High School Padlock (1958) – back.  Photo: TLClark, 8/16/19.

What do you routinely lock?
Your phone?
Your home?
Your car or bike?
What about your mind?

“There are no walls, no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind.”  ― Otto Frank

What have you opened today?
Your mind?
Your hands?
Your heart?
What about another’s heart?

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.   ― Anthony J. D’Angelo

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Padlocks Locked and Unlocked.  Photo: TLClark, 8/15/19.

May what is locked be unlocked today
by a smile, a word,
your kindness, your love.

Photo Challenge: Overhead

“Looking up” is what I remember.

But “overhead” is the actual Tuesday Photo Challenge this week.

A rather literal interpretation struck my fancy this morning.  My husband was willing to model: hat, umbrella, and clouds overhead.  Too bad it wasn’t raining.

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Overhead.  Photo: TLClark, 8/7/19.

He had a little fun spinning the umbrella as I looked up.

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Umbrella Overhead.  Photo: TLClark, 8/7/19.

Another LQQK at the patterns on the underside skeleton of an umbrella:

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Underside of Umbrella.  Photo: TLClark, 8/7/19.

After playing with the umbrella and the camera, I went for a walk.  Here’s the sky overhead – to my left and to my right!

Hope things are looking up for you this week!

Photo Challenge: Rectangles

I’m late to last Tuesday’s Photo Challenge – Rectangles photo challenge but Frank hasn’t posted the round-up yet so I thought I’d try to sneak in a picture of this old country school.

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Lame Jones Schoolhouse, Fallon County, Montana.  Photo: TLClark, August, 2008.

The school was a landmark for getting to the Neumann Ranch.  Directions: from town (Baker, Montana), head to Ekalaka on the highway, turn right at the Willard store, turn left at the school, and turn left at the second mailbox.  If I remember right, it was about 26 miles total.  I know the only paved road was the highway.

I’d remembered taking pictures of the curtain billowing out the window and so searched the digital archives to see how rectangular the windows were.  Discovered I’d also taken  photos of the old house on the Neumann Ranch before it was torn down.

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Neumann Ranch House.  Photo: TLClark, August 2008.

Rectangle shaped siding and windows and doors!

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Neumann Ranch.  Photo: TLClark, August 2008.

Photo Challenge: Wall

“Wall” is the word for the weekly Tuesday photo challenge.  This wall is next door to the coffee shop where I gather with quilting friends once a month.

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Walnut Street Gallery Outside Wall (looking west on 3rd Street).  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

Walnut Street Gallery, a framing shop and art gallery in uptown Ankeny, uses parts of painted picture frames to create seasonal scenes on their outside walls.  I remember a Christmas tree in December and a large heart in February.  July (or is it all summer?) is flowers and a flag.

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Flowers, Walnut Street Gallery.  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

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Closer look at the red flower.  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

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American Flag on outside of Walnut Street Gallery.  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

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Flag and Bench.  Photo: TLClark, 7/13/19.

For more “wall” pictures, visit Dutch Goes the Photo!