Iowa Sunset

Sunset near Moville, Iowa, Thursday, March 22,2018. (photo by Jim Lee)

Last year I was driving on a back road for a construction detour near Correctionville, Iowa, and noticed the perfect windmill along the route. I’ve always had that windmill in the back of my mind thinking I would go back some evening and photograph it at sunset. And tonight seemed like the perfect night. Unfortunately, the windmill was no longer there. Not wanting to waste a good sunset, I drove around until I found another scene.

NAIA Basketball

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One of my favorite events to photograph each year is the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship at the Tyson Events Center. I didn’t get to shoot it for the Sioux City Journal this year, but I did pick up some freelance work for a newspaper in Indiana.

Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse as seen in Sioux City, Iowa,on August 21, 2017. Photos were taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera with a 300mm lens and 1.4 teleconverter. A special solar filter was used to make the exposure possible and protect the camera sensor.

Like many people, I photographed the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Originally I wanted to travel south to shoot the total eclipse, but realized I would not be able to shoot it and drive back to Sioux City in time for a work commitment. So I photographed the eclipse in Sioux City from the grounds of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

A larger set of my eclipse photos are currently on display at the Sioux City Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Betty Strong Encounter Center.


An eagle high in a tree near Gavin’s Point Dam, Yankton, South Dakota.


I made a trip to Gavin’s Point Dam with hopes of photographing eagles. I’ve seen many great eagle photos from there, but I think I may have picked the wrong day. It was a seasonably warm day and much of the snow in the area had already melted. I found a few eagles in the area, but they were spread out and all perched high in the trees. I talked to a local woman who was walking by, and asked if she knew of a good place to find eagles,and she said there were usually 4 or 5 eagles in this one tree near where I was. But they were not there on this day.

I was unable to get a unobstructed shot of the one eagle I was able to get closest to. Here is the photo I was able to get, shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera with a 300mm lens and 1.4X teleconverter (providing the reach of a 840mm lens on a full-frame equivalent.) I will try again next winter and hopefully get some shots while the eagles are more active.

It was a heck of a ride

My newspaper career come to a sudden end last month, but it has been one hell of a ride and I’ve worked with many great people over the years. I’m working to find my next great adventure, but as parting shot from newspapers here is my first photo to win an award in professional competition, taken in 1988 when I was an intern in Rawlins, Wyoming, and my most recent award winning photo from here in Sioux City:

A crop duster flies over the head of a University of Wyoming scientist while spraying a chemical being tested to control sagebrush.
2017 Sioux City Relays
South Dakota’s Emily Grove competes in the pole vault during the Sioux City Relays track and field meet at Olsen Stadium in Sioux City, Iowa, Friday, April 22, 2017. (photo copyright Sioux City Journal)