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December 1, 2007 / Bo Mackison

Iowa’s Beauty Captured at 85 MPH

Iowa’s Beauty

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart” ~ Helen Keller, American author and activist (1880-1968)

This photograph was taken yesterday, November 30th, on a family trip from Wisconsin to Illinois, via Iowa and Missouri. Don’t ask! We follow the Mississippi River so our path is always a twisty affair. I was shooting with my new Olympus E 510. This photo was taken south of Iowa City in East-Central Iowa.

I almost hate to admit it, but I switched the settings to automatic and shot out of the car window while traveling 85 mph. The traffic was crazy, so we were weaving in and out of the lanes, so it was a challenge, but I thought the colors were worth the required technique. I didn’t use any post-processing. I think the image stabilization on the E 510 did make a difference or maybe my eye is just that of a total amateur.

I had an even better set of shots, but my husband drove past a semi just as I started clicking away! 🙂


  1. Vanessa / Dec 1 2007 9:37 am

    looks like home to me…iowa does have beautiful skies

  2. truddle / Dec 1 2007 9:43 am

    Absolutely beautiful!

  3. Tracy / Dec 1 2007 10:16 am

    That is a beautiful pic. I used to live there as a child. Funny how some of us don’t take notice of a sky like that. Thanks for sharing!

  4. montucky / Dec 1 2007 10:44 am

    You got some beautiful color in that shot and captured some great cloud layers!

  5. amuirin / Dec 1 2007 11:13 pm

    Breathtaking shot.

  6. Jersey Guy / Dec 2 2007 3:08 am

    Another nice one, Barbara. Tell your husband to be careful around Mason City. I had an “incident” with a radar gun there about 20 years ago. 😉

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  7. barbara / Dec 3 2007 8:15 pm

    Thanks everyone. Talk about being in the right spot. I took 100 shots out the car window and many of them turned out well. Lady luck?
    JG: We usually don’t go 85mph but we were actually getting pushed from behind. Those Iowa folks have ‘places to go!”

  8. ofsummer / Dec 4 2007 7:33 am

    Beautiful sunset

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