There’s an old joke about winter in Iowa and how Iowa is the most beautiful state. It’s written in the form of diary entries by someone who’s just moved here, and as summer turns to winter and finally to spring, the writer’s attitude about my home state grows worse and worse. It’s hilarious because I’ve thought similar things at some point in my life.

That said, Iowa really is a beautiful state. We have it all, from rocky bluffs and high hills to plains where you can see for miles. There’s no other place I’d rather be from. Behold, the glory of the Hawkeye State!

Have a safe and happy Easter weekend, everybody!

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Photo 365 #106: Landscape

I love landscapes.  I think the majority of pictures I take are either of my kids or landscapes (49% landscapes, 49% kids, 2% other).  Iowa is such a beautiful place that I can’t help whipping out my camera (either of them) and capturing the glories of nature.


As previously mentioned, I also love sunsets.  The arrival of snow is seriously hindering my ability to capture them through the break in the trees that form the western borderline of our property.

I may or may not have mentioned, however, that I’m not fond of the wind farms that are springing up all over the area (seriously, I can’t remember if I’ve talked about it or not).  There’s one that stretches for a good ten miles south of where I live, and the blinking red line on the night horizon is one I find quite annoying.  Now there’s another one that mars the northern horizon on my way to work.  If this keeps up, I’ll be living in the middle of a wind farm inside of ten years.

Still, I do like the silhouettes these particular turbines made against the darkening night sky.  And I love the hint of blurriness evident near the horizon and the edges of the turbine blades; it makes the whole scene feel a bit dreamy and surreal.  When I took this picture, I was reminded of Don Quixote tilting at windmills, and I love it when nature makes me think of books.

What do your favorite landscape photos depict?

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