Iowa Veterans Cemetery

Iowa Veterans Cemetery

Was in central Iowa visiting family for Memorial Day. Driving home in the evening and the sun started peeking out from behind the clouds as I was approaching the Adel exit, so I stopped to take a few pics at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Iowa Veterans Cemetery

Lake Honey Creek

Fuji X-T3 with 50/2 lens.

Drove on Interstate 29 today for the first time since the section near Honey Creek, Iowa, opened up since being closed due to flood damage. It’s been more than 10 weeks since the flooding started and water levels are still high. And, yes, that is a farm field, not a lake.

Fuji X-T3 with 50/2 lens.

Cold, Wet, and Windy

Fuji X-T3 and 35mm/2 lens

Made a trip to central Iowa to set out flowers for my mom, step-mom, grandparents, and brother. Hoping the flowers don’t blow away before Memorial Day.

Aunt Edna?

Fuji X-T3 and 90/2 lens

Saw this while leaving work tonight. My first thought was the movie, “Vacation.” Then I saw the Google Maps logo. So I’ll assume that’s not a dead body on top of the car.

Truck Fire

Truck fire I-80 westbound near Neola.

Drive home from work took a bit longer tonight. To get home, I have to drive a few miles eastbound to the Neola exit to turn around westbound to get back to Council Bluffs. Traffic was backed up for miles. Westbound traffic was exiting at Neola to take a county road around the fire. And a small town and a county road just are not designed to handle heavy interstate traffic. It added about an extra 45 minutes to my trip home tonight.

But on the bright side, it wasn’t my truck in flames.

Desert Dome

Meerkat and Klipspringer

Spent the morning at the Desert Dome at the Henry Doorly zoo. I’m glad I purchased an annual pass for the zoo. It;s pleasant to just show up for a bit in the morning, spend some quality time at one or two exhibits, and leave before it gets too hot or too crowded, and not feel obligated to see the whole zoo to get my money’s worth. (Plus it’s easier on my old knees.) Today’s pics were all shot with my 23/2 and 90/2 lenses on the X-T3 camera.

Blacksmith Plover
Centralian Python
Rock Wallaby
Turkey Vulture

“Advanced” filters

Fuji X-T3 and 23/2 lens

My Olympus cameras had “Art” filters built into them. Never had any use for them while working as a photojournalist. My Fuji cameras have similar cheesy type filters, but Fuji calls theirs “Advanced” filters. Not sure if I have much use for them, but might as well play with them.

The first one I played with was the partial color (red) filter. I’m not a big fan of the spot color look, it can be cheesy and often overused. And it’s easy to do in Photoshop. Now it’s just a push of the button.

I doubt I’ll use these filters much at all. But I may need to go out and play with the toy camera and miniature filters.

Fuji X-T3 and 23/2 lens

Birds Eye View

Fuji X-T30 and 16/2.8 lens

So this showed up outside my door this morning. Even doing hail-Mary on my tippy toes I couldn’t see inside the nest. But maybe soon I’ll have some bird pics to post.