Last week thousands of cyclists trekked across our state on two wheels while participating in The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). This summer tradition started in 1973 and takes place the last full week in July with riders starting at some point in western Iowa near the Missouri River and concluding at a river town along the Mississippi River on the opposite side of the state. Although the route changes each year, riders get a taste of the Hawkeye State as they tour from border to border.
Between now and August 23, make plans to see this exhibition of my photographs and art glass by Barb McKinlay that features captivating images from urban centers. For an up-close view of this collection, visit Gallery C in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. Specifically, the location is 900 Jackson Street and it is open Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 pm.
Lydia Berg, the reigning Miss Rodeo Wisconsin, is adorned in red, white and blue as she makes her way in the recent Edgewood Rodeo Days Parade. She and Miss Rodeo Iowa 2015, Hannah Hilsabeck, both attended the four-day event and participated in several activities, including each rodeo. Indeed, they are talented and beautiful young women who serve as role models for many throughout their respective states.
Again, this week I'm posting various images that contain red, white and blue. Today those colors make up the costumes worn by these men as they parade through the streets in small-town celebrations. A display of patriotism, pride, and a whole lot of fun. Look for more tomorrow.
Red, white and blue -- that's the theme for this week's images. After photographing numerous parades and summertime celebrations, I've amassed quite a collection of pictures featuring different versions of red, white and blue and wanted to share a few. And, by the way, today's photo was not altered by me but rather the owner painted the horse specifically for their stroll through town. Be sure to notice the beads just above the hooves. Anyway, with the 4th of July in the very recent past, perhaps you'll be reminded of some of your favorite displays of these three colors. Enjoy.
This panorama of downtown Des Moines is one of my 15 images included in The People You Meet exhibit that opens tonight in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. Located at 900 Jackson Street in the Schmid Innovation Center, Gallery C is the place to be this evening as things get underway at 5:30 p.m. In addition to my photos, beautiful pieces of art glass by Barb McKinlay makeup the other portion of the collection. This artwork is colorful, refreshing and captivating, and we hope many can attend.
Warm-weather months allow Midwesterners to celebrate their communities. During such festivities in Iowa, farmers relish the opportunity to parade their family's tractors through the streets of their hometowns as they proudly represent their devotion to agriculture. With rodeos, parades, fireworks, classic car shows, 5K road races, carnival rides and much, much more, folks in the heartland enjoy showcasing their accomplishments.