Just in the past few days farmers in these parts are in the fields harvesting grain. Some are first going for soybeans while others are starting with corn. With folks combining crops, the sun setting earlier and a few leaves turning colors, it sure is beginning to feel like autumn in Iowa.
In these parts of Iowa school has been underway for a few weeks and fall sports are in full swing. A long-time tradition during this time of the year is the annual 'homecoming' celebration which culminates with a football game on Friday night and usually a student dance the following evening. Throughout the week of festivities, most high schools have several other related events, including a parade. This photo features a 'float' organized by mothers of the senior football players and some of those women can be seen riding on the structure during the parade.
Wondering what this photo is all about? The answer is fake teeth that obviously appear in terrible condition. The fun part is giving a set to each of my nieces and nephews and all of us parading around laughing at how crazy we look. And yes, after all the fun, I collect them and do my best to clean/sterilize the plastic dentures so we can soon get them out again and have another round of laughs.
Ever been to the Dubuque Arboretum? If not, make a point to visit while some of the summer gardens are still aglow. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. The price is right (free) and the views are delightful. In addition to beautiful flowers, shrubs, trees and other ornamentals, several water features also make this a great, anytime destination.
Although much of summer has passed, some gorgeous blooming plants still remain. Above is a dahlia (yes, they are related to daisies and sunflowers) and below a hibiscus -- aren't they gorgeous? And, they're huge -- well beyond the size of my palm. Today treat yourself to a jaunt outdoors and savor summer's splendor.
In a few days this little man turns six. And, as a doting aunt, I must note that, even at a young age, he is very thoughtful, helpful, fun-loving, creative and giving and usually wears a smile that warms my heart. Here's wishing a very happy birthday to one of my favorite little people. Enjoy your day, buddy.
Although many summer celebrations are now complete, this image is one of my favorites from the season. Yes, youngsters standing in pillowcases eagerly awaiting to jump their way to the finish line. Of course, at this stage they all envision finishing first but soon after the whistle several tumble onto the grass and scramble just to get back on their feet. As expected, much laughing ensues and all leave with smiles -- for both the participants and the onlookers.
And, for those of us in the USA, it's a three-day weekend -- get out and play a little.
RECEPTION:Sat / September 5th 7 to 11pm @ Dubuque Area Arts Collective 902 Main St, Dubuque / $10 Suggested Donation at the door
Also featuring live music by Dave Zollo (Midwestern Indie Music), and an Interactive Video Installation by Jay Schleidt.
The DAAC's 4th annual Salon Exhibition provides a chance for redemption for artists anonymous and notorious alike who have been turned down by Dubuque mainstream galleries as Voices and the DUMA Biannual.
Rejection is not the end, as Edouard Manet and James Whistler found through a show featuring rejected paintings, The Salon des Refuses. That tradition continues today with the Dubuque Area Art Collective’s own “The Salon Exhibit”, opening this Saturday.
This year, we are featuring works of new regional and local rejected artists, as well as the most recent work from artists of previous Salon Exhibits. For the first time, we are including artists that where not accepted in past juried exhibitions at the DAAC.
Exhibit open until October 2, Saturdays & Sundays 12-4pm.
Taken in rural northwest Iowa on a warm summer evening just after sunset, this image is tranquil and serene; however, I want to note that the mosquitoes were vicious and must have been thrilled to leave me with so many 'souvenir' bites. Needless to say, I was annoyed with all the itchy red bumps but delighted with the photo.