Here are photos from my recent trip across the western Great Plains of Nebraska into the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
A green mountain lake trimmed with rocks and spruce trees sparkles in the bright sun.
Six parallel mountain ridges in the late afternoon haze recede in successively lighter shades of blue.
A round tree-covered mountain looms above a green meadow.
A boulder and a tree frame a still lake nestled between the steep tree-lined mountain slopes.
Two brown and gray ducks swim in the clear rocky water of Lake Mills.
A waterfall drains through a lush green meadow into dark water.
A dark lake with a gray gravel beach reflects the green mountain slopes.
White cumulus clouds and a blue sky provide a bright backdrop for the rocky gray ridge.
Alternating mountain slopes, green with treeless ridges, define a winding gorge under a blue and white sky.
A couple of weeks ago (Jan. 22-25) I was in Springfield, Illinois for training. I forgot my digital camera, so I bought a disposable and I just this evening got the photos back. Here they are.
Lincoln’s Springfield Home is an attractive beige two-story frame house with green trim on a street corner.
The bronze sculpture of Lincoln’s head outside his marble tomb has a shiny nose; people rub it for good luck.
The bronze sculpture of Lincoln seated is a model for the Lincoln Memorial.
I joined Susan and her daughters on an afternoon excursion to nearby Kalona, a town in an area known for its Amish population. We visited a cheese factory and some nice little shops. I tried some cheese curd at the factory: it squeaks in your mouth when you chew it. An Amish grocery store didn’t have electric lights, it had skylights and Coleman-style gas lamps for when it gets dark.
A brick building with brown shutters under a clear blue sky. A gray wooden fence and a public phone sign stand in the foreground.
I looked up a two very clean and shiny steel silos. American flags are barely visible at the top.
The late afternoon sun casts a shadow on the main street in Kalona. Some old buildings and bank tower catch the sun.
The red paint on the corrugated metal siding of a commercial building is fading, revealing vertical stripes of shiny metal.
Two wooden glider chairs for sale on the pavement.
This past weekend I visited Lance in Missouri. He showed me around the Ozark National Scenic Riverways where he worked. The fall colors were thrilling, especially since I neglected the fall foliage peak in Iowa.
A spring covered in green plants.
A hillside along the river is in fall foliage.
A small brown frog on a fallen brown maple leaf.
A hillside in fall foliage seen from the river.
Wooden flour sifting machine stenciled Swing Sifter.
The turquoise surface of a spring.
A branch of orange and red leaves hangs over a turquoise blue spring.
A three-story pink brick mill astride flowing spring waters.
A smooth sheet of water flows over rock with the colorful hills below.
Leaves of red, pink, orange, yelow, and gree
A light brown grasshopper on light brown leaf litter.
Happy new year. I’m headed to Laguardia within the hour. I’ll be taking dramamine for this flight.
Photos from Evrim’s kitchen:
Two empty stainless steel kitchen shelves on a bright green wall.
Stainless steel shelves, uncovered vent, and uncovered outlet on a lime green wall.
Evrim’s kitchen complete
Back to my quiet, dull life. It’s like I never left.
I spent Saturday afternoon at the MOMA. Man, I could live there. I mean, it has furniture and everything. I also broke out of my sudoku slump, solving a couple of puzzles with my improved system.
Trees in autumn foliage appear to be emerging out of dark side of a glass office tower.
Salvation Army bell ringer in a red poncho next to his red donation bucket.
Cubist-style painting of a woman’s head on the wall and a sculpture of the same on a pedestal in front of it.
Painting of a map of the the united states with Mississippi in blue and yellow stencil, and splashes of red on the gulf coast.
Close-up of a painting: yellow-orange sunbursts on a brown canvas.
Close up of a yellowish painting with nails arranged in a wavy matrix.
Two rows of black wire chairs with one in front at a different angle.
I had a damned good time in Georgia with my friends. If it wasn’t for Hurricane Dennis I might not have had a chance to see them while they were in the US. We sight-saw around Savannah and Charleston. It was a long drive though.
Brick fort and a green lawn next to a river with the flag of Georgia.
Four converging brick arches lit only by the camera flash.
The exposed floor inside the arched vaults of the brick fort reveals the cisterns below.
The base of the fort’s red brick exterior is separated by the bright green bank by a moat.
Looking up at the mast, crows nest and many lines of a tall ship silhouetted against the gray sky.
Reddish shrubs in a lush green meadow.
A cast iron cannon round iis embedded in the brick wall of Fort Sumter.
Looking up a concrete shaft, I can see a metal chain and pulley system similar to the chain and gears on a bicycle.
Brick arches and pillars are what remain of an old church.
Back to work tomorrow. Hurricane Emily will be traveling a familiar path through the Caribbean this week. It’s going to be a long season.
My dad downloaded the “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” trailer tonight. Ooh, it’s so dark! It’s going to be such a bummer.
Spent the day in Louisiana with the folks. Visited Chalmette Battlefield, took a boat tour of Bayou Sauvage, and visited Fort Pike. Stopped in Bay Saint Louis for ice cream on the way back.
Blue cannon carriages with a mossy live oak tree.
Alligator sunning itself on a bank.
Swirls of water cause by a boat engine reflect trees and the sky.
Bastion and moat of a 19th century brick masonry fort.
Low, gray, multiple cantilever-and-truss bridge spans the blue water.