Saturday, December 12, 2015

Lock & Dam Chains

An eye bolt sunk into concrete holds a ring of iron on Lock & Dam #10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. This anchor is located on the exterior wall of the lock entry wing. Presumably it is used to secure recreational craft to the wall outside of the lock before launching or recovering a boat. These irons may have originated when the L&D system was constructed in Guttenberg in 1937. Despite some pitting the hammered ring is in good shape for being 78 years old.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Golden Indian Creek

A block away from 42N HQ is Indian Creek. The city of Cedar Rapids built a clay and dirt dike a year ago to help prevent the creek's annual flooding in the Sun Valley neighborhood. So far so good.

Late afternoon yesterday I re-visited the creek and shot a half dozen images of the cloud filtered sunlight on the fast moving water. Without any photo editing this image was the result. Quite spectacular I think - and it is only footsteps away.