Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vote Here, 180/365

I assume someone was trying to make a political statement by putting a "Vote Here" sign on the dumpster.  Actually, I've been by this dumpster and shot a pic before.  But, I like the image better with the motorcycle and old tires.  I didn't even notice the horseshoe above the door until I was looking at the picture later on.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chair, last softball game, 179/365

I found this broken window on a building downtown.  And Noelle had her last softball game of the season tonight.  I got a shot of her just beating the ball to first base for a single.  Congrats on your season, Noelle!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Softball tournament day 1, 179/365

The Teal Hawks started tournaments in Nevada today.  They lost in the first round.  But, they came back strong in the second game, winning 4 to 3.  Noelle scored the 4th, winning run!

Monday, June 27, 2011

That's Italian, 178/365

Kim and the kids came down for lunch today, and then took them to the zoo.  We had Spaghetti Works (kids eat free on Mondays).  Kim always seems to have something with a flag in it.  And here is Claire with her long flowing hair.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Flower, 177/365

I know what you're thinking, not another flower picture.  Well, I mowed the lawn today (finally) and saw a couple mushrooms.  So, I wanted to take pictures before I mowed them off.  I got out an old right angle finder, so I could set the camera on the ground and look down into the viewfinder to compose.  The right angle finder is great for shooting at low angles or from below, so I can see what I'm doing.  Well, the mushroom shots were so-so.  But, I couldn't resist shooting this daisy from below as well.  So, yes, another flower...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Feeding frenzy, 176/365

Kim and I celebrated our anniversary today.  So, I didn't really get out shooting.  But, for those of you not familiar with him, this is Colors, one of our fish, along with some of his friends.  Most fish have an "under the sea" background on the aquarium, but our fish are tougher than that.  Our fish live in the old west!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Kitty, 175/365

I intended to go to the Better Homes and Gardens test garden to take pictures today.  But, I overlooked the fact that the Des Moines Arts Festival started today.  So, I never made it to my original destination.  There were various food stands, lots of art vendors, and live music.  I'll share a picture of one piece of art that caught my eye.  The artist calls them Fobots (robots made with old stuff he has found).  This particular one had the body made out of a camera...

Sunset, 174/365

Ok, I openly admit that I've been awful about keeping my blog updated this week.  All I can say in my defense is that it has been a hectic week for many of us.  The group at work that I will most likely be moving into got together last night for a BBQ, so I stuck around Des Moines to attend for a while.  One of the guys smoked ribs all day, the food was fantastic.  I didn't say too long though, because Rachael got home from her Kansas City trip and I wanted to see my family.  Anyway, there was no time to shoot, so we're going to have to settle for a shot of the sunset through the windshield while I was driving home.  I warned you that there would be days like this when I started this 365 project.  Hopefully, things won't be so crazy next week so I can give it the attention that it really needs.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Photo Camp Day 3, 173/365

I have been a leader at 4-H Photo Camp down by Luther the past three days.  So, I'll just write about it here on day three.  The camp went very well, we had 33 kids attending.  On Monday, I presented two things, HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Astrophotography.  They were divided into groups and rotated to different presentations.  So, I did the HDR presentation four times.  I only went through Astrophotography twice.  Unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to go over that one with 1/2 of the kids.

On Tuesday, we took them to Reiman Gardens and ISU campus to take pictures.  Amazingly, the rain held off until we got on the bus to head back to camp.  We could not have timed it any better.  The rest of the camp was critiquing and leading the kids with various creative photography activities.  I kind of wish I could have seen the other workshops/presentations that were going on while I was presenting.  But, it was nice to teach a couple things.  The weather did not cooperate for taking them out at night to do any astrophotography.  We had big storms on Monday night, and it was very cloudy Tuesday night, not a star to be seen in the sky.  I hope some of them will go out on a clear night and try some of the things we talked about on their own.  We had a great group of kids, which made for an enjoyable camp.  That being said, I need to try to catch up on my sleep now.  :-)

Photo Camp Day 2, 172/365

Photo Camp Day 1, 171/365

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day! 170/365

Happy Father's Day to my Dad and all the other fathers out there.  We woke up in a hotel in Bloomington, MN, which was plenty far to go after the race the day before.  After some Father's Day festivities, we went to the Underwater Adventure in the Mall of America before heading home.  Leave it to a child to be observant and point out the obvious.  While we were going through the tunnel aquariums, we were all staring up at the sealife.  Matt was watching the light shining through the rippling water, with a prism effect on the floor.  Thanks, Matt, for helping teach me to see as a photographer should be.  And thanks to my family for making "dad" the best job around.  (Father's Day pick by Kim)

Grandma's Marathon, 169/365

Rachael and Kim ran Grandma's Marathon on Saturday morning in 4 hours, 12 minutes, 22 seconds.  They both crossed the finish line mat at exactly the same second.  Rachael was one of two 12 year-olds who ran the race, being the youngest to complete the 26.2 miles.  I'm very proud of her determination.

Duluth bound, 168/365

I took Friday off and we drove up to Duluth.  Kim and Rachael picked up their race packets and we stayed at the University of Wisconsin dorms.  That evening, we surprised the whole family with "Team Huegerich" shirts for the event.

Sorry for the delays posting.  Rest assured, I was still taking pictures.  I just took a couple days off from the computer.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blue foot, window washer, 167/365

I hadn't intended to walk around taking pictures today, but didn't feel like sitting at my desk to eat lunch either.  So, I took my lunch down to the sculpture park and ate on a bench there.  Interestingly, while I was there, I saw a tour group walk through with a leader describing the art pieces over a loudspeaker for the group.  But, the interesting thing is that they were a group of blind people.  The leader was telling them what the sculptures looked like.  I'm not sure if they could see light/dark or nothing.  But, this tour was an interesting sight none the less.

After observing that tour and eating my lunch, I decide maybe I would walk west a little further before I go back to the office.  Of course, I had a camera with me, just in case.  I saw several of the large blue footprints painted on the sidewalk.  I'm not sure why they were there, but it must have been for some type of organized walking event or something.  Then, this window washer was cleaning glass on the Meredith building.  Very nice building, that corporation must be doing ok these days.

Watching that group of blind people tour something that is very visual gets you to thinking.  We take for granted EVERYTHING that we see.  They would probably be grateful for the opportunity just to see the sidewalk ahead of them while walking down the street.  It makes you appreciate what you have, when you can watch a bee land on a flower, or a humming bird drink at the feeder, or the wind blowing the tall grass along a fence line.  It's all miraculous!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Grass, singles, 166/365

I stopped on the way home this afternoon to photograph this grass along a field south of Story City.  Then we went to Noelle's softball game in Gilbert.  She hit two singles, and brought one of them back to home to score for the Teal Hawks.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Woodpecker, 165/365

This red-bellied woodpecker came to the bird feeder for supper tonight.  I haven't seen as many birds in front of the house lately, but we have had some good ones.

165 days down, 200 to go.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Storms, double, 164/365

We had a big storm roll through Des Moines over my lunch break today.  I had to run over to the library and sprinted to the nearest building where I could get in the skywalk.  I just beat the heavy rain and strong winds.

Luckily, it was a beautiful afternoon for Noelle's softball game in Jewell.  She hit a double today.  Good job Noelle!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hmmmmm, do I want a cookie? 163/365

It started raining on our way home from church, so we didn't get our camp taken down from the backyard.  The tent will have to wait until everything dries off.  We didn't get any heavy showers, just a light rain non-stop all afternoon.  But, it is worth the trouble, even if just for a night.  I love to wake up to the sound of the birds singing, perhaps just a few yards from where I was sleeping.  I got up and had enough hot coals left in the fire pit to get a fire going to warm up by and cook with the pie irons.

Matt and Claire are demonstrating the proper procedure for eating a fudge stripe cookie.  You have to put the cookie on your finger and eat around the outside.  I'm sure the hole in the cookie is a better fit for small children's hands.  We got these cookies to try making smores with them.  While it was good, I think I'll stick to the old fashioned graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate bar.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dew, camping, bandaids, 162/365

Here is some dew on a leaf outside my backdoor this morning.

Jubilee parade this morning, we set up camp in the backyard. I originally wanted to camp out at the lake, but they brought back the boat races this year. So, I'm sure it was busy out there today. We had a campfire, made smores, and looked through the telescope.

Noelle had a bad wipeout on her bike while we were riding back from the grocery store this afternoon.  I need to add bandaids to the shopping list.

Finally, Claire was showing us how big she can make her eyes.