Big Country

Wednesday, January 14, 2015



This sundog was captured with room to spare in a panoramic image as seen from Radio Road, one mile east of Highway 13 northeast of Marion, Iowa at 4:13 PM CST, Friday, January 9, 2015. Air temperature was 5 degrees F, with wind chills at -15 degrees. The image was created from three slightly overlapping shots and blended together in Adobe Bridge.

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Contrail Cornucopia

Monday, January 12, 2015



Sunday morning, January 11, 2015. The entire sky was literally crisscrossed with aircraft contrails. I don't believe I can ever remember there being so many at one time. The above image does not begin to do the scene justice, even though it is a three-image panorama composite. The image looks west from the parking lot at Noelridge Christian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at 8:03 AM CST. A half moon can also be seen at left.

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White Acres

Sunday, January 11, 2015




Winter in Iowa. Bitterly cold at that. Both images above were captured on Friday afternoon, January 9, 2015. Air temperature was 5 degrees F with -15 wind chills. Top image looks north and shows a rustic barn located at the northwest corner of 35th Avenue and Highway 13 at the north edge of Marion, Iowa. Image captured at 4:21 PM CST. The bottom image also looks north and gives visual to a snowswept farm field along Radio Road, one mile east of Highway 13.

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Into The Frosty Air

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Steam rising several hundred feet into the sky from the Duane Arnold Energy Center near Palo, Iowa
on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 is suddenly caught and directed horizontally from a strong northwest wind. With surface air temperatures at -3 degrees F, this created -23 F wind chills. This image, looking northwest, was captured at 3:55 PM CST from the grounds at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church north of Marion, Iowa. The DAEC is Iowa's only nuclear power plant. Distance to the plant from this location was 7.6 miles.

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Frigid Weather & Sundogs

Wednesday, January 7, 2015




With temperatures dipping to -3 to -4 degrees F with -23 degree wind chills, conditions were prime
for the formation of a sundog on the evening of Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The top image was taken from the front grounds at Noelridge Christian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at 3:47 PM. The middle image looks southwest at 4:07 PM from C Avenue, just south of County Home Road north of Marion. Bottom image is a view of the sundog at 4:16 PM from the entrance of Echo Hill Presbyterian Church on C Avenue north of Marion. The dark streak through the sun on the second and third images is a windblown steam plume from the Duane Arnold Energy Center near Palo, Iowa.

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2014 Christmas Star

Thursday, December 25, 2014



The 0.75 magnitude star Altair (center) in the constellation Aquila shines through an area of altocumulus clouds which appear to rotate around the roof star on our house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Christmas evening, Thursday, December 25, 2014. The clouds were partially illuminated by a crescent moon which was hidden by the darker clouds at left. Air temperature was an unseasonably warm 43 degrees F. This image looks west.

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Drizzly Anticipation Of Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014




A steady-to-heavy drizzle on Monday evening, December 22, 2014, created the misty appearances seen in the three images above. A warmer than usual December in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has kept the ground free of snow and indeed at the time of photo capture of these images, the temperature was around 37 degrees F. The top image looks NE toward Bowman Lane NE as seen from Bowman Woods Park just before 8:00 PM, and is a .6-second exposure at f/9, 1600 ISO and 55mm focal length. The middle image is of similar direction and exposure. The bottom image looks the other direction in Bowman Woods Park, showing the misty surface appearance among the trees. This image was captured just after 8:00 PM and is a 13-second exposure at f/9, 1600 ISO and 55mm focal length.

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