Friday, November 30, 2007

Kim's Creed


Do Your Best.
Be Thankful!
Have An Open Mind.
Grab The Opportunity
Be True To Yourself and Others
Learn Something New Each Day

Listen to the Still Small Voice
No Job is Done Until all the tools are put away.
Good Manners and Strong Character Will Go Far.
May there be Peace on Earth and in Your Life.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Archive: My Street

I am fortunate to live on my street. The boulevard is where the old interurban ran.
The neighborhood picnics are filled with lively conversations of riding the trolley, greasing the tracks or hopping on and off while it was moving. There are stories of people pushing the neighborhood leaves to the center, after the tracks were taken out and lighting them.
That must have been pretty cool to see!

The colors are vibrant on this May day

Riding to school in the spring.
The sunlight breaks through in late August.The light is very strange. It was for a fleeting moment though. I don't think it lasted for more than two minutes. Mid December and there is no snow on the ground.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Jingle All The Way - Jingle Cross 2007

It was another great weekend for cyclocross racing. Even better than that. Over 600 racers in twenty-seven races-HOLY Cow! Check out the website for Jingle Cross
Professionals Todd Wells and Chris Horner come early to sign autographs.

Lining up for Womens Beginners.
Kicking up the sand through the barn.
I am not the only one who takes the pictures.

One of my favorite pictures. I like the one I took with Mike in it better- but I'm not double posting. See the Bike Tech blog.
We had our prayer flags flying.
Blue is space, White is air or clouds or wind, Red is fire, Green is water and Yellow is earth.

The kids race was run to watch. The Grinch showed up- trying to cheat...imagine that!

Our friend Carl Buchanan.Hey- I've seen this guy before. Check out his wonderful photography at Fry guy

Chris Horner shredding like crazy!

Todd Wells- Riding up the Run-up.
That was so long , steep and never ending.
Only a couple guys could ride up.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Middle Park Madness Nov 2007

It's the girls lining up for the start. The course was 1.5 miles running up, jumping over barriers, screaming downhill and grabbing a little air. The place was Bettendorf, Iowa Middle Park.
This hill was long and steep ending with a flat and then more up.

This is the best picture that I took today. I bet John"Greenie" could feel their breath.

Framed by Autumn oaks.
Through the trees to the jump.

It was a great day for racing despite one guy having a horrible fall. It only goes to show that this can be dangerous. The racers are all highly skilled but sometimes an accident can happen.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Archive: Racine, Wisconsin

These pictures were taken awhile ago but that doesn't mean I don't think that they are less important than a recent photo. I love the variations of blues and greys. Triangles are in every picture. I like how the sail, masts and clouds compose themselves.

Racine Yacht Club with Sea Scouts, a part of Boy Scouts of America. It was a weekend of sailing, meeting new people and eating wonderful food.

Since I live so far from any great body of water,
it was a treat to be on the water and taking pictures.

Tying the knot.


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Thursday, November 8, 2007


This beautiful fungi was in my yard. It looks vibrant but it was disintegrating as we were standing there looking at it. Our biology professor neighbor got out his fungi book and told us the name. Of course that went in one ear and out the other. This tree grew a beautiful and large bracket mushroom last year. I guess it wasn't really beautiful but it was impressive.

This group was growing down by Cummings, Iowa. There were 3 bunches. I am not a biologist but I do like the variety in the shapes and colors of fungi. If I see any more I will be taking pictures of them. Best wishes-k

Monday, November 5, 2007

Archive: Warren Dunes State Park & Lake Michigan

Every year that we go to our family reunion we stop at Warren Dunes State Park. Just inside the Michigan border. You are looking at Tower Hill. Notice how tiny the people are that are climbing.

Almost at the top. The sand was swept off the floor of Lake Michigan and blown in drifts all along the western edge of the lake. We like Sleeping Bear Dunes for sheer magnitude and beauty. These dunes are more handy as we have stopped many times.

Running the dune with the lake and Chicago stretched before.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Archive: Chicago

Seeing Cloud Gate was fantastic. I loved the reflections of people and buildings. The sky was perfect.
The sunlight coming though the pass through of the Wrigley Building was almost perfect.
The station by Oak Park reminds me of an engine. I'm sure this was the architects intent.
This is the El crossing over these tracks coming from the south. These tracks remind me of framework for a stain glass window. I love Chicago and any big city where the building lend them selves to be shot. Anytime of day is good for me. The angle of sun really sends a variety of moods and drama to buildings.