Monday, September 22, 2008

Work project

I try to keep work stuff out of this blog, but with the help of a colleague, I just put together an audio slideshow from the Iowa-Iowa State football game. You can check it out here.

I'd be curious to know what anyone thinks of it.


I had a reader comment about what sorghum is, so here goes:

Sorghum cane grows in a field. When you pick it and squeeze the stalk really hard, juice comes out. If you filter and boil that juice long enough, you get sorghum. It's sweet and has the consistency of honey. It tastes great on corn bread, and it should not be confused with molasses which comes from sugar cane. If you live in Iowa, you can buy it at Hy-Vee. Everyone else can order it here: Maasdam Sorghum Mill.

It used to be that a horse would walk in a circle to run the mill that squeezed the juice out of the cane. The mill where Henry and I went, started by my grandpa and still run by relatives, is quite a bit more modern. It's run by a steam engine.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sorghum mill

Corn cobs are one of the main fuel sources for the sorghum mill...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sorghum mill

Another sorghum mill photo. This time in color...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sorghum mill

Henry and I went to the sorghum mill yesterday. Here's the first picture from that trip.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Cedar Breaks

Here's an old one. I don't remember how old exactly, but I'd guess spring of 2001. I was sent to Cedar City, Utah to cover the launch of the Shakespeare Festival there. They'd just won a Tony, so they were sort of a big deal in Utah. They wouldn't let me shoot any of the plays though. Equity actors are so full of themselves. Instead of shooting some lame play, I drove up the canyon to Cedar Breaks National Monument and shot this stuff. I remember liking these pictures at the time, but I really like them now. Might have to make a print of one these sunsets...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

100th post

According to Blogger, this is my 100th post. If I remember right, I started this blog off with a picture of my old dog Ansel. I thought it would be fitting to put another picture of Ansel up for the 100th blog post. Here he is shaking for a treat back in 2002.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Old photo

In trying to get my basement cleaned up (never ending process) I stumble across things I'd completely forgotten about. So when I found a CD full of pictures of a long-ago trip to Dallas, I was delighted to find this photo of Henry at the Dallas Museum of Art. He didn't seem to find the floor, which was really some art installation, nearly as cool as I did.

Monday, September 1, 2008


The clouds over our house were amazing a couple of nights ago just as the sun was going down. I couldn't help but go out and take a few pictures. Here's what it looked like looking one way.

And here's what it looked like looking the other.