As promised, here is this week’s Photography Friday, complete with adorable goats and beautiful horses. The blog may not be running with German precision (which, Top Gear informs me, is the best sort of precision) while I adjust to spending hours on homework again, but everything will still get done 🙂 In the mean time, let’s remember better days, just two weeks ago, when instead of spending my weekend programming, I spent it visiting the Lively Run Goat Dairy open house.
There was a cheese tasting, including their plain chevre and a couple of blue cheeses, as well as a tour of the goat barn where the dairy goat in the picture seemed confused about the edibility of my fingers! I also got to pet the horse in the picture, although he had such a knack for running away as soon as my camera was out, that I had to use my zoom lens to get the picture above. Although we didn’t get to see cheese being made, I had a good time and can’t wait for the next time local dairies have an open house day.
This week, I’ve spent almost all my time on campus, starting very early in the morning, with class at 8:40 or 9 every day. Since in my ideal world, I get up at 9, I’ve had some trouble adjusting! Somehow just getting 8 hours of sleep isn’t enough to make up for getting it at the wrong time. Fortunately, classes are going well and campus isn’t such a bad place to be. This deer obviously doesn’t think so either, since it let me get quite close without seeming at all nervous. Next week, hopefully I’ll get some pictures in the many beautiful campus gardens. Have a nice weekend 🙂
This past week, I got to visit with the boy for the first time in almost two months! Since we usually visit once a month, it felt like it had been forever. So we had a great time with our visit, including a fun trip to the Des Moines Zoo. I was also using my 55-250mm lens for only the second time (the first time was for the parade pictures last week) and the zoom was fantastic! I do hate it a little that it becomes physically impossible for me to take pictures of anything too close, but I also think it’s a fun challenge to make all my pictures work without changing lenses. I’ll definitely be using it more often!
This past week I had an awesome opportunity to take pictures at the Pella Tulip festival, although because of the weird weather this year the tulips had already come and gone. Fortunately the parade involved lots of cute kids dressed up in Dutch costumes, adults also dressed in authentic Dutch clothing, and some other beautiful flowers. The town as a whole was beautiful and there were lots of cute shops with handmade goods, plus funnel cake and other fair food. Definitely an event I’d recommend if you’re ever in Iowa!
Do you have any cute regional events near you that you’d recommend to visitors?
Although I usually make a conscious effort not to have my weekly picture be of my cat (because otherwise they all would be!) this week I just couldn’t resist. Maggie has just been so adventurous this week: climbing to the top of my fridge; making wild leaps into the top drawer of my dresser; and sleeping in all sorts of crazy places, like my dirty clothes hamper and the box she’s enjoying in the picture above. Here I caught her sleeping on her back and then watching me try to get a bright enough picture. I think she was laughing at me!
A few days ago I was walking to work on campus and spotted this butterfly, enjoying the sun as much as I was! The weather here in Iowa has been absolutely gorgeous lately, although today was a little chilly because of the wind. I hope the rest of you are enjoying the summer weather too 🙂 Although I’d love to get out and enjoy the weather more, I think I’ll mostly be studying for finals this weekend. How about you? Any exciting plans for getting out and enjoying the sunshine this weekend?