Boy Scout Island, Lake Manawa. This was taken a few mornings ago. The air was incredibly still during the predawn hours, and there was just a smattering of clouds inching their way lazily toward the sun. Squadrons of white pelicans were overhead as if on patrol, leaving the water’s surface perfectly calm below them. Minutes later, the squadron came down to fish, shattering the mirror. These moments are rare and fleeting, and I always feel lucky to witness them firsthand.
Another incredible sunrise at Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa. I simply cannot get enough of this place.
Boy Scout Island, Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Today (Sunday, September 18, 2016, noon to 4 pm) is day two of the Southwest Iowa Art Tour at the Harvester in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Here's the official Facebook invite for details. One of the unique aspects of the show is that artists are encouraged to create art while the show is going on. So I’ll be photographing some flowers alongside my print display. If any of this sounds interesting, please stop by.
Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lately, I’ve begun dreaming of the day when the first spot that comes to mind on a cold, foggy, windless morning isn’t the shore west of Boy Scout Island, where I’ve greeted countless sunrises since 2011. I can’t decide if my obsession with this place represents some type of photographic rut or if the near-daily visit to this spot serves as a ritual renewal of sorts, a desire to begin the day immersed in some semblance of nature. Either way, it’s one of my favorite places on earth, and even more so on a still, crisp morning, when the water is glass, making the lake and Boy Scout Island exactly twice as beautiful.
Lake Manawa, Boy Scout Island, Council Bluffs, Iowa. This was taken a few mornings ago, when the air was crisp and the water was incredibly still. Just a reminder that Art at the Rock is two weeks away. I’ll have many big prints and new work. Bring your friends. Here's the official Facebook invite.
Lake Manawa, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Four geese glide past the north end of Boy Scout Island. Barely visible in the shadows is a blue heron, poised like a silent assassin. Of all the mornings I’ve spent here, this is among my favorites. If you sit quietly enough for long enough, the lake forgets you’re there and resumes its normal goings-on. For the procrastinators out there, our dining room has become a temporary gallery for last-minute Christmas gifts. Email me if you’re interested in stopping by to browse through the big selection of prints I have on hand. An added bonus is that you’ll see a 30X60 print of my favorite local photo, which I’ve never shared (nor will ever share) online.
Lake Manawa, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Here's one for those among us who are missing summer. A note about prints: For delivery before Christmas, the last day to order prints under acrylic (my favorite print format) is December 7. Custom traditional and thinwraps can be ordered as late as December 16. After that, your only option will be to select from among the prints I have on hand, including a big selection of 11X14 traditional prints, several 16X20 prints, and a few thinwraps and prints under acrylic in various sizes. Please message me if you’re interested in these. Happy Holidays!
Lake Manawa, Boy Scout Island. These crisp fall mornings are fantastic, aren’t they? Yesterday morning was overcast but nearly windless here in Council Bluffs, so I was hoping for at least a few minutes of sunrise color behind the mirrored surface of Lake Manawa. Around the time I was starting to give up hope, a deep red glow suddenly spilled from the horizon, scraping across the underside of the steely blue clouds. What an amazing sight! And within a minute, it was all gone. I felt lucky to have seen it, let alone capture it. Here’s to fall in the Midwest! This is another in a Boy Scout Island series I've been working on for years now.
Lake Manawa. Whenever I hear people talk about Lake Manawa like it’s some filthy fetid swamp, I want to invite them to join me to watch the sun rise behind Boy Scout Island. I’ll never get tired of this view. With that said, what do you think about Lake Manawa?
Lake Manawa. Boy Scout Island (this is another in the BSI series I’ve been working on for a few years now). This photo is from a few mornings ago, before the lake ice began to melt in earnest. I love winter, but I’m glad to see signs of spring.
Lake Manawa. During the past few days, several of my favorite trees around Lake Manawa have been cut down, presumably because they were dead or dying and posed some type of hazard. Or at least I hope so, since they have long been some of my favorite photographic subjects there. But if they were simply deemed aesthetically unpleasing by some park authority, I present this photo as proof to the contrary. The one pictured here sat along Manawa Road and served as a lookout perch for more bald eagles than I count. It's now in a pile on the opposite side of the road.
On a lighter note, Happy New Year, everybody. Stay safe out there, and enjoy the heck out of 2015!
Boy Scout Island, Lake Manawa. Remember when it was still fall 24 hours ago? This was taken a few weeks back when most of the leaves were still hanging on and the fall colors were vibrant. It’s also printed on one of the Boy Scout Island notecards I told you about in my notecard giveaway Facebook post.
Lake Manawa State Park. If you visit the park often, you probably know exactly where this is. The morning sun was shining, the leaves were turning, and the fog was rising. I love this time of year.
Lake Manawa, yesterday morning. The road around the lake has some great trees, and I've spent countless hours photographing them, especially on cold, still mornings when the mist is rising. Happy Autumn, everybody!
Here's another in my Boy Scout Island series. It was taken this morning. I originally began this series of photographs to document the island (some would insist that it should now be called Boy Scout Peninsula) in all seasons and in various weather conditions, but now I go back again and again mostly because it's the most peaceful spot I know of to greet the rising sun.
This was taken just a few hours ago at Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and this shot nearly put me in the lake.
A family of geese swim past the northernmost tree on Boy Scout Island, Lake Manawa.