Less Than Desirable Timing For October Lunar Eclipse

Thursday, October 9, 2014



The timing of this lunar eclipse did not fit well into my morning schedule as did the previous eclipse last April. The lunar eclipse of Wednesday, October 8, 2014 began around 4:00 AM CDT and achieved totality just after 5:00 AM. This conflicted with my getting ready for and going to work. Indeed, I had a lovely copper-colored, fully eclipsed moon to view through my windshield on the way to work. The image above is a combination of the foreground, a 1.3-second exposure at f/4.5, 2000 ISO and 18mm focal length, captured at 4:27 AM, and the moon (itself a combination of two images) shot at 4:54 AM. This image looks west from White Road, just west of North Marion Road, about four miles north of Marion, Iowa.

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Light Play On The Fields

Monday, September 29, 2014


A mix of fair weather cumulus clouds and sun created these shadow patterns on a farm field north of Strawberry Point, Iowa on Thursday afternoon, September 18, 2014. This image looks east along Highway 13 around 11:45 AM CDT.

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Tree Canopies From Effigy Mounds

Sunday, September 28, 2014



Two views of different tree canopy tops along the Effigy Mounds National Monument trail on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The top image, shot at 2:09 PM CDT, shows the tops of a stand of quaking aspens. The bottom image, shot at 1:20 PM, looks up into sugar maples. Effigy Mounds is located in Allamakee County in NE Iowa.

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Fire Point Foliage

Friday, September 26, 2014





The tree foliage along the Mississippi River as seen from Fire Point at Effigy Mounds National Monument in NE Iowa on September 18, 2014 was showing signs of autumn. Even those these photo captures were probably a week too early, the area is always an eye catcher. The top image, shot at 3:13 PM CDT, looks northeast across to the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi. The middle image looks west and was captured at 3:10 PM. The bottom image, also shot at 3:10 PM, looks south toward the town of Marquette, Iowa. Fair weather cumulus dotted the sunny sky in the gorgeous 70 degree F weather.

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Pillar Of Fire

Thursday, September 25, 2014




Flames, embers and smoke shoots skyward from this large bonfire Saturday evening, September 20, 2014 in rural Shueyville, Iowa as spectators watch from a safe distance. The Shueyville fire department is always notified in advance when this twice-yearly event takes place. The top image, captured at 8:09 PM CDT, looks west and is a 2.3 second exposure at f/20, 2500 ISO and 18mm focal length. The bottom image, shot at 8:03 PM, looks east and is a 1/1.6-second exposure at f/18, 1000 ISO and 18mm focal length.

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Blazin' Mornin'

Wednesday, September 24, 2014




Cloud conditions, which included sprinkles of rain, created these blazing red formations as the sun rose on Wednesday morning, September 24, 2014. These images look west (top) and southwest from Progress Drive and Martha's Way in Hiawatha, Iowa at 6:55 AM CDT.

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Night Pond

Tuesday, September 23, 2014



City lights of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (background) and a dock illuminated by a nearby bonfire show up
well in dark conditions from this nine second exposure of a acreage pond in northern Johnson County, just west of Shueyville. The city lights in the NW sky created a mirror image on the pond. The exposure was shot at f/4.5, 320 ISO and 18mm focal length. 8:16 PM, Saturday, September 20, 2014.

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