Saturday, October 21, 2017

Trucking Shots......

Three views with one shots as I blindly push the button on the camera.  I drive and don't look through the viewfinder.  I did take some bad blind shots, but that is allowed when one is just clicking away with one hand. The interior of the truck counts as one. The mirror and window each have a view.

I am crossing the bridge over Saylorville and you can see the erosion on the Iowa landscape of a 45 year old man-made lake.  When they hold back too much water in the early spring, thinking they have to have boating water for the summer,  we can get heavy rainfalls that floods the lake up to the tree line. When that happens the state park, Ledges, north a few miles, is completely under water, shutting down most of the state park.  It is a lot of water that takes half the summer to release at the dam.  The worse flood ever happened one year where the overflow poured huge amounts of water, washing out a road that is built below the area. Scientist had fun as it eroded many layers of soil and clay revealing dinosaur bones and layers exposed to study the earth's crust.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

On the Road......

Driving to the old place to work and to move things home, gives me a time to see the area in which I now live. I see pelicans, seagulls and deer.  Bald eagles and hawks can be soaring above me. Once in a while there is a lone heron wading along the shore of the lake.  I have been able to see crops being planted and now they are being harvested.  Along the way is a family that raises cattle and special kinds of bulls. The two bulls and two horses are in adjoining pens.  The animals are switched from pen to pen.  The growth that I observed of the two bulls has been remarkable.  In the spring the two guys were thin and young animals.  Now that it is fall, they have filled out being very bulky and are now slow moving. I do believe that they are the offspring of the herd of cattle that is up the way from here.  That means that these bulls will be sold to other farmers for their herds. Buy breeding animals is profitable if you have a pure breed line.

In the photo you can see the whiter bull laying down and the other is standing.  The grey one has darkened in color and has a deep brown color on his chest now.  I at first thought he was getting himself muddy and then I realized he was changing color. The photo from the truck shows afternoon traffic as people are all lined up trying to get home. I am in line of a lot of slow traffic and I am not the one who they are following, wishing I would speed up. The 55 mph speed magically is 64 mph in the afternoon as those wanting to get home go faster than they are suppose to be doing. My commute goes through two towns before I arrive at our old place.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inside Colors.....

The lower level of the bouquet with the most color sits in the kitchen. As I worked on the sunflowers stalks on Tuesday I was thinking it is just about time to take the zinnia patch down too. I will pick at least a couple of more bouquets before I do that.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Harvest Time.....

The birds and squirrels were helping themselves too aggressively so I had to cut off the heads of these three. I will feed them to the birds this winter but I almost didn't get them cut down soon enough. The sunflower is one of many living things on earth that a display the "the golden ratio".

The divine creation has used this in many ways with plants, animals, and humans. Our ear is based on this golden ratio. I am going out on a limb and state that I think zinnia flowers are also arranged in this perfect ratio. There are many more things that I really don't know about but I really have not spent much time researching the topic.  My wife was reading about it early this summer.  I remember being asked about it as a young art teacher by a math teacher and I only had seen the illustration of it in an art history text. I can see how mathematicians would have fun with it.

The flowering parts that help to make the seeds of the sunflower are also in that same patterned ratio.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Clear Blue......

Can you find the sliver of a moon? It is an open cup right now as it continues to become larger. The sky is a cold-looking sky. The sun did show itself a little later and it has been clear all day.

This is the same sky but at a different angle.  I like seeing again that small suggestion of the moon. The planet was also show up clear and bright earlier in the morning.

This is the kind of sky that some artist strive to capture as it has such a great, subtle gradual change of colors.

Sunday, October 15, 2017