Storm chasing… or, rather, storm avoiding

IMG_4425_6_7_8_9_tonemapped - FBFrom the looks of this shot, you’d never know that I was in between storm deluges.  Everything looks so dry and calm and peaceful, but we had some really serious downpours about an hour before, and it started raining again just about 10 minutes after I took this shot.

I drive by this railroad bridge almost every day.  It is easily seen from the highway, and I had always wanted to stop and take some shots.  I also have an affinity for clouds… big puffy clouds… and as you can see I got the best of both worlds in this one.

This railroad bridge is just east of Ryan, Iowa, off Hwy 13.  Personally, I think it’s rather intriguing.  I may be stopping by more in the future and see what else I can find.

The Simple Pleasures in Life

IMG_4336-800Today we’re going to address the simple things in life that can bring us pleasure.  In this case it’s our pets, and for me specifically, my dog.  Maybe I’m a bit biased, but as you can see he is a handsome creature.  Very dignified.  A total goofball in personality… a big oaf in many respects… but he certainly does look dignified, doesn’t he.  LOL!!!

I include him in the Family category because he really is a legitimate member of our family.  He is 4 years old.  We have had him for just over a year.  We adopted him from the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center, if anyone is interested.

IMG_4389-800Missy and I took him out to the front yard one evening because I wanted some decent recent shots.  It was a great deal of fun.  He squirms a lot, and I have many photos where he looks away at just the last moment as I’m taking the photo… which, of course, makes us laugh even more and makes the whole process more fun… but the good photos we do get like these make it all worthwhile.

The photo above was when a car drove by, and that caught his attention in a, “Ooh, who is that?” kind of way.  The other photo we managed to catch in between “squirms”.  I cannot decide which one I like better… the serious photo or the goofy photo.  They both convey his personality.

He is part Basset Hound and part Black & Tan Coonhound.  He has the long body and head and temperament of a Basset, but the coloring and slightly longer legs of a Coonhound.  And his paws… they are HUGE.  People always comment on them when they meet him for the first time.

So, it doesn’t have to be all landscape.  Take some time for the simpler things in life, too.  It’s well worth it.