Scenes from the Natural State

Random shots from recent road trips.

ALL ABOARD -- A stroke of folk art genius -- transforming a plain Jane concrete storm cellar into a school bus filled with friendly faces. This shot taken outside of Quitman, Ark.
"I'LL TRY SIR" -- This plaque was dedicated to James Miller, first territorial governor of Arkansas and one of the heroes of the War of 1812. He apparently was not much of a governor. Still, one of the state's 75 counties is named for him.
THE ROAD DOWN -- Driving down Petit Jean Mountain on a fine March day.
ELEGANT CURL -- Swan in the wetlands park in downtown Little Rock curls his neck tightly while preening.
SPAN -- First sections of road deck are going up at the Big Rock Interchange (I-630 and I-430 in Little Rock.)

Shadows of former lives.

Despite being home for a week, our thoughts are still on the road somewhere along the vast flatness that is the prairie land of the Dakotas, the vibrance of “The Cities,” and the cornfields of Iowa.

View of road with headlights.
Evening lit by headlights heading south on I-29 in South Dakota.
Windshield splotches cast shadows on dashboard
Shadows of former insects fall across the dash.
Concrete tepee at a rest stop in southern South Dakota.
Looking up through the top of a concrete tepee at an interstate rest stop in southern South Dakota. Someone's now-deflated football joins a bird's nest as addenda to the structure.
Big white booty
Polar bear at the Como Park zoo in St. Paul cools his booty on a hot summer day.
Shadows on stone
Shadows sweep the stone at Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota.
abandoned farmhouse
Abandoned house sits alone near Stack Slough WMA in North Dakota.
Lone tree in Iowa
Lone tree breaks up the horizon, along with wind turbines, in northern Iowa.