Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Post About Church Buildings

Something I've wanted to do for years is to get pictures of different churches and share them here with everyone. I wanted to do it because I admire the architecture of many of them. I have always thought many churches were among the most beautiful buildings. Not all churches were created equal though.

I want to tell you that I dislike sharing any religious or political views here, but since my subject is churches I'll share just a tiny bit. I wasn't raised as a religious person, but I do like the idea of religion. I believe everyone needs something to believe in to give them some peace of mind. Religion of whatever kind you choose can be an excellent and organized way to do that for a person.

I don't believe religion is the only way. There is philosophy. Having a philosophy of life can give you a similar feeling to religion. Sometimes all it takes is a strong passion for a thing you do. A love of nature can help some. For some people it can even be a passion for their job or whatever other work or hobby they might have.

Any of those things and many others can work for a person. The only thing to avoid is to try not to become obsessed with something in an unhealthy way. I have the thing that gives me peace of mind, but I won't discuss it here because everyone should search for their own thing. And that's all I'm going to say about it. I hope that was enough but not too much.

Now I'll talk a little about the churches in my pictures. The churches here are all located in South Dakota. I'll do future posts from other places, but that's where I decided to start6. Hopefully the pictures get better as I go on. I'm honestly not impressed with any of these pictures.

The first picture shows a big church located way out in the country. I don't think there are any towns really very close to it. It's much more impressive than my bad picture shows. I obviously need to clean my camera lens. I really liked this church building.

The second picture doesn't quite show you the church building itself. It is there in the background though. I kind of liked that little bell tower. The church itself is a modern building, the kind that doesn't much impress me. I found this one in one of the bigger small towns around here.

The picture above shows the smallest church I found. It's located in a little strip mall on the side of the road. It shows that a church can be made from just about anything. I guess this one demonstrates that it doesn't necessarily matter about the building.

I found this one above in one of the smallest towns I visited. It's hard to see the whole building because of the trees in the front, but this is the kind of building I expected to see when I headed out. The light brown figure out front is a wood carving of an angel. I guess I should have gotten a closeup of it.

The churches in my last three pictures are located in a college town to the west of me. Actually I guess they're all to the west since I'm in Iowa and these churches are in South Dakota. This one above is what I think of when I think about a church in a small city or maybe large town.

Let me pause right here for a second. I just realized I'm being intentionally vague about the locations of these churches. I have no idea why I'm doing that. These last three churches are in Vermillion, South Dakota. That smallest one and the one above it are in Elk Point, South Dakota. Some of the others are in places I'm not sure of the town.

 These last two pictures are of the same church. I couldn't find a place where I could get a good picture of it. This church was big, almost as big as some of the churches I used to see in Detroit. I wish I could let you see this one better. I like it because it looks kind of like a castle.

I'm going to have future posts with church pictures. Hopefully the pictures will get better as I go. There are some really nice looking churches in Sioux City. There's also a religious site there that has to be seen to be believed. It's one of the most impressive places I've ever seen. I hope I'm able to visit that place soon.

I'm still going to keep visiting my little nature park. These other things will be somewhere in between posts about that. I had kind of given up on my church pictures after I moved, but then I got to thinking that getting my pictures around here was even better than taking pictures of Detroit churches. More variety.

So that's my long post for this time. I think my next one will be a short one. I know not everyone appreciates these long posts sometimes, but sometimes they have to come out. And I'll just leave it at that. I'll talk to you later.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Rabbits On The Nature Trail

I have to tell you that I'm very excited today. I had my best day at a nature park since I've been here in Iowa. I didn't spend a long time on the nature trails, but I saw lots of stuff. I really hoped frequent trips to the little nature park up the road would give me the old feeling back, and so far it is working out really well.

When I got to the park there were rabbits everywhere. It looked like they were having a rabbit convention or something. There were dozens of them. I loved the squirrels from back in Michigan, but these rabbits today were a very good replacement.

As soon as I got out of the truck I got several rabbit pictures that were just okay, but I thought I could make a post out of them. But then after the first bend in the main trail I saw the two rabbits in today's pictures. I don't know how anyone else would rate the first picture, but I really love it. I consider it one of my best ever.

No, I didn't do any editing tricks to change the focus for this second picture. I just re-shot the picture several times. These two rabbits just stayed right there for several seconds while I took my pictures. They posed just perfectly for me.

Even the dog cooperated with me. She was on her best behavior and didn't make even a hint of a move toward these two rabbits even once. She knew they were there because she was staring right at them. But she was a very good girl today.

The grass the rabbits are sitting in is right in the middle of the trail. They mow the trails into the tall grass at the park. These trails are about due for another mowing. This is how they do the trails all over the area. We have plenty of tall grass around here.

This last picture is one of the rabbits after they finally decided to run. It's a bit of a disappointment after the first two pictures. This picture is typical of all of the other rabbit pictures I took. You can see it's nothing special, but I thought maybe you'd like an example of the other rabbit pictures.

I saw a few other things that I'll post about in the future. Maybe I'll see even better things on future trips here. From past experience I know sometimes I see a lot and sometimes I see very little. But the great thing about going to the nature parks a lot is that you never really know what you'll see.

I have some other non-nature park stuff that I may post next. It's something that I've wanted to do for years. Now I finally began this little thing. It's not quite as fun as seeing lots of animals, but I still like it a lot. Until then I hope you enjoy my rabbit pictures. I'll talk to you later.