Summer Night In Rural Iowa

It has been far too long since I have gone out with my camera. Today was rather warm, but tonight as the sun went down so did the temperature. A summer night in rural Iowa like I remember from days gone by, a bit cooler, not too humid and the bugs were leaving me alone.  A nice evening for a walk and what better place than the walking path Molly and I walked along so many times. The Queen Anne’s lace is blooming and putting on quite the show this summer.  Along the path I also saw milkweed soon to be in bloom,Gray Headed coneflowers and purple coneflowers that were too hard to get to in order to photograph up close.  But in the second to last photo in the gallery below, if you look close along the bottom you will see a few purple coneflowers.  As I walked along the path I could hear the birds chirping before calling it a day, the crickets were chirping and in the pond just beyond the cattails, the bullfrogs were bellowing.  The sounds of summer that I had almost forgotten having lived in the city for so many years.  As the sun set the fireflies or lightning bugs as we called them, were lighting as they were flying amongst the soybeans and wildflowers.

Until next time, enjoy my images of a summer night in rural Iowa…..

 

Tulips

tulips-pella-flowers-spring-5834For many years I have wanted to go to Pella Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa, and photograph all the tulips.  Now that I am living in Iowa this was on the top of my bucket list of Iowa places and events to see.  It has been a strange year with spring starting early and then more cold weather.  Unfortunately, the majority of the tulips were past peak bloom, still I was able to make a few images.  There are tulips in every color, including black, and many varieties.

 

It was a sunny and very warm day in the mid 80’s.  I had decided to go light and only use my macro lens for the day.  My goal was to photograph tulips as flowers are my passion.  However, I also chose to try a few shots of street photography.  With the 105 mm focal length, I was able to make a few images from a distance.  People of all ages dress in the traditional Dutch attire and perform dances (you may click on any of the images below to see a larger size).

 

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There are lots of events and activities to see and do in Pella during Pella Tulip Time.  And after hours of walking around in the sun, what better than homemade ice cream!  They certainly know how to crank the ice cream.

 

 

You may click on any of the images below to see a larger size.  Next year depending on Mother Nature, I may go before Pella Tulip Time begins to photograph the tulips.