Archive for the ‘Iowa’ Category

Sunset Across Browns Bay

June 15, 2013
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Shutter: 1/1,250; Aperture: f/8; ISO: 4,000; Focal Length: 80mm. Click on the image once to enlarge … twice to enlarge even more.

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This view is across the northern part of Browns Bay, part of Iowa’s West Lake Okoboji. A map of the bay in relation to the entire lake is here. The wind turbines are actually on the west side of Emersons Bay, also shown on the map.

Yessssssss, this photo is edited, but just a little. The original and another version are below.

For anyone who cares about camera settings, I don’t know what possessed me to use an ISO of 4,000 combined with such a fast shutter speed for this photo. If I had it to do again, I’d use a much lower ISO and much slower shutter speed (and maybe a smaller aperture), and hope that I like the results just as much. I don’t know, though … I sort of like that the clouds and water are a bit fuzzy or grainy, contrasted with the sharper silhouettes of the wind turbines.

Click on any of the thumbnails below to enlarge them and see them in slide show view. To enlarge them more, click on “View full size” at the lower right of the slide show screen.

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The Freedom Rock in Rolfe, Iowa: Honoring our Veterans (includes interview with Freedom Rock artist, Ray Sorensen)

May 27, 2013

In early April, 2013, Ray (Bubba) Sorensen of Greenfield, Iowa, painted The Freedom Rock in Rolfe, Iowa. His original and much larger Freedom Rock is located outside of Greenfield, Iowa.

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In the three video clips below, Ray explains many facets related to his Freedom Rock Tour. Eventually there will be one of Ray’s Freedom Rocks in each of Iowa’s ninety-nine counties.

The photos at the end of this post show before, during and after the painting of Rolfe’s rock.

While Rolfe’s rock is located on private property at the residence of Dan and Mary Allen, people are encouraged to stop and take a close-up view of the rock as they travel through Rolfe on Highway 15. There’s also an 11.5-foot-tall statue of Cy (Iowa State’s mascot) across the driveway from the rock. (The statue was made by my dad and stood at the north end of ISU’s football field from 1975 until the mid-’90s.) Both the rock and statue provide memorable photo-ops. And, of course, the rock conjures sobering reminders of the freedoms we enjoy due to our veterans’ noble service to our country.

 

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How to Enlarge Photos in this Post

To magnify the thumbnail images (below), click on one of them. The images may then be viewed as a slide show by clicking on the arrow to the right or left of each image.

To magnify the images even further, at the bottom of the slide show view, click on “View full size.” If your cursor is a “+” sign when over an enlarged image, you can magnify even more by clicking again on the image.

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In December, 2012, I posted about the first Freedom Rock painted by Ray Sorensen. That post is here.

The initial Freedom Rock is just outside of Greenfield, Iowa. It is quite large. Every year Ray repaints this initial Freedom Rock with different designs. More information about it and the locations of the smaller Freedom Rocks in various Iowa counties is here. Will Rolfe’s rock be in Bubba’s 2014 calendar? Time will tell!

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

1941: Rolfe, Iowa, School Yearbook

May 7, 2013

To look on this blog for Rolfe, Iowa, school yearbooks by decade, you may go to this blog’s home page. Once there, in the column at the right, click on one of the yearbook decade links (e.g., “1940s”). With time, I’ll get more yearbooks posted.

I started this blog primarily to promote prints of my mom’s (Marion Gunderson) watercolors. Because the Rolfe Public Library benefits from the sales of prints, I’m  not bashful about combining her art with the yearbooks. Typically I’ve posted Rolfe school yearbooks along with watercolors painted by Mother in the corresponding year. However, I’m not aware of any specific watercolors painted by her in 1941. That was the year she graduated with an Applied Art major from Iowa State College (now Iowa State University). It’s also the year she married my dad.

Interestingly, by looking at the upper right corner of this 1941 yearbook’s title page, I assume this yearbook (below) belonged to Don Sinek.

The thumbnail images below are all the pages from the Rolfe Community School District (or whatever it was called then) 1940-41 yearbook. Some pages are a little discolored.

If anyone has a Rolfe-related photo to be included in this post, I’d love for you to send it my way. It could be of any person or any location having to do with Rolfe and associated with this 1940-41 year. Photos from other years are very welcome, too. My email address is mariongundersonart@gmail.com .

Making the Thumbnail Images Larger

To see the thumbnail images in enlarged and slideshow view, click on one of the images. Then navigate forward or backward through the images.

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For my own reference: Desaturate the following. 2,3,4,9,10. Plus these just barely: 12,13,18,1,20 and 23, 25.

(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

About Rolfe, Iowa, in 1976: “Smile (click) — the future awaits” (Part IV of IV)

March 24, 2013
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This 1976 Des Moines Register column by Chuck Offenburger describes the 37-years-ago Rolfe, Iowa, take-a-picture-of-(almost)-every-Rolfe-resident project. Obviously I’m extra fond of the project since my mom was the “Marion the Librarian” quoted in the article. ( Click on the article to enlarge it/the text.)

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This post is similar to the Part II and III posts. This post includes even more clippings from around the country.

Clippings about what? About Rolfe’s 1976 photograph-everybody-in-town project. (Who woulda thunk the Christian Science Monitor would have picked up the story?!)

Bittersweet is the adjective here. Bitter (or wistfully reminiscent): so many of those 1976 Rolfe residents have since passed away. Sweet: the photos are at the library and help us refresh our memories and honor those 1976 residents of Rolfe.

If you haven’t looked at Part I, Part II and Part III, I hope you will. Part I tells about the overall 1976 project. Part II, and Part III (as well as this post) include clippings and notes from around the country about the 1976 project. News of the project spread like wildfire across the United States once the Associated Press picked up the story.

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To Read these FUN Clippings …

1) Click on any thumbnail below [or in Part II and Part III] to enlarge it and to see the images in slide show view.

2) To enlarge further, once in slide show view, click on “View Full Size” at the lower right of your screen. (If nothing happens when you click on “View Full Size,” you might need to scroll down a little on your monitor so that “View Full Size” is two or three inches above the bottom of your monitor.)

3) To enlarge even more, hover the mouse over the image to see a “+” sign. When you see that plus sign, click on the image and it will magnify even further.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

About Rolfe, Iowa, in 1976: “Smile (click) — the future awaits” (Part III)

February 23, 2013

In the January 30 post I included an explanation about the Rolfe Public Library’s 1976 project. That was the year of our country’s bicentennial. During that special year, over 1,000 photos were taken of Rolfe-area residents.

In the February 19 post:

A) I said, “That project was featured in a  1976 Des Moines Register column by Chuck Offenburger. The AP wire picked up Chuck’s article. The result was … drum roll … national recognition for the little town of Rolfe’s photo project.”

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B) I included five pages of several clippings, etc. from around the country about Rolfe’s 1976 photo project.

The remainder of the articles, clippings and notes from around the United States are below and in the next post.

To Read the Those FUN Clippings …

1) Click on any thumbnail below to enlarge it and to see the images in slide show view.

2) To enlarge further, once in slide show view, click on “View Full Size” at the lower right of your screen. (If nothing happens when you click on “View Full Size,” you might need to scroll down a little on your monitor so that “View Full Size” is two or three inches above the bottom of your monitor.)

3) To enlarge even more, hover the mouse over the image to see a “+” sign. When you see that plus sign, click on the image and it will magnify even further.

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Remember … more clippings are included in the February 19 post. More will be included in the next post. And, the original article that started all the hubbub is in the January 30 post.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

About Rolfe, Iowa, in 1976: “Smile (click) — the future awaits” (Part II)

February 19, 2013

In the January 30 post I included an explanation about the Rolfe Public Library’s 1976 project where over 1,000 photos were taken of Rolfe-area residents. That project was featured in a  1976 Des Moines Register column by Chuck Offenburger. The AP wire picked up Chuck’s article. The result was … drum roll … national recognition for the little town of Rolfe’s photo project.

Those articles, clippings and notes from around the United States are below and in the next two posts. They are so FUN to read!

To Read the Those Clippings …

Click on any thumbnail below to enlarge it and to see the images in slide show view.

To enlarge further, once in slide show view, click on “View Full Size” at the lower right of your screen. (If nothing happens when you click on “View Full Size,” you might need to scroll down a little on your monitor so that “View Full Size” is two or three inches above the bottom of your monitor.)

To enlarge even more, hover the mouse over the image to see a “+” sign. When you see that plus sign, click on the image and it will magnify even further.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

About Rolfe, Iowa, in 1976: “Smile (click) — the future awaits” (Part I)

January 30, 2013

SHORTER STORY: This blog post refers to photo albums from 1976 that are permanently located at the Rolfe Public Library. In those albums are photos of approximately 1,100 Rolfe-area residents who were photographed in 1976.

If you don’t want to read the “Longer Story,” just click here to view the 1976 Des Moines Register article* that tells about the photo project and acclaimed national attention. And … check back to read how a variety of newspapers across the country reacted.

More importantly, please stop by the library and look at these 1976 Rolfe albums. Also feel free to peruse similar albums of photos taken decades earlier by Rolfe’s Charles (Charlie) Webb.

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LONGER STORY: In 1976, during the bicentennial of our United States, Mother (Marion Gunderson) photographed** approximately 1,100 residents living in or near the community of Rolfe, Iowa. The article below speaks for itself. Except … what it does not indicate are two things I consider to be important.

Mother and Daddy (Marion and Deane Gunderson) in 1976, the year of the bicentennial and photo project. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Mother and Daddy (Marion and Deane Gunderson) in 1976, the year of the bicentennial and Rolfe photo project. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

1) Mother was modest. She avoided calling attention to herself unless it would help further a good cause, for example having to do with community or patriotism. Her agreeing to the interview for this newspaper article (below) and other interviews was one such case. (Another exception was providing her watercolors via exhibits and offering them as gifts, etc., for others to learn from and enjoy.)

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2) This article (below) does not reflect the vastness of publicity the 1976 Rolfe project received from media around the nation. Over the next several days, I’ll include some of those newspaper clippings. You just HAVE to check back to see those clippings. They ooze of warm fuzzies re: Rolfe.

What happened was this: The article (below) was put out on the AP teletype wire. It was then picked up by newspapers ranging from New York to California, Minnesota to Mississippi, and beyond. Not only that, it was picked up by radio and television stations, for example, a TV station in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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…… Please check back each day or every-other day for some of the compliment-filled articles and notes mailed from around the country to the Rolfe Public Library. They are overflowing with enthusiasm for the story from “our” little town of Rolfe, Iowa. Until tomorrow ……

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From the November 4, 1976, Des Moines Register. That year Mother was the age I am now. (Click on photo once to magnify text.)

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*The article was written by Chuck Offenburger. Dan Offenburger, Chuck’s brother, taught and coached at Rolfe.

**Some photos were contributed by other people.

(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

 

Rolfe, Iowa: 1988 Quasquicentennial Parade — Part VI and Part VII

January 23, 2013

In separate previous posts I published the firstsecondthird and fourth, and fifth of seven segments of the Rolfe, Iowa, 1988 quasquicentennial parade. Below are the final two segments. All seven segments are about ten minutes in length.

If the video seems jerky, start it and let it play through (with its jerkiness) while you do something else. Then click to run through the video again. Doing so usually works for me.

To watch the 1988 parade clips in chronological order, start with Part I of this series. Also, video of Rolfe’s 1963 centennial parade is here.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

Rolfe, Iowa: 1988 Quasquicentennial Parade — Part V

January 21, 2013

In separate previous posts I published the firstsecond, third and fourth of seven segments of the Rolfe, Iowa, 1988 quasquicentennial parade. Below is the fifth segment. All seven segments are about ten minutes in length.

The remaining two segments will be posted over the next few days.

Update 1-23-13: Today the last two segments were posted here.

If the video seems jerky, start it and let it play through (with its jerkiness) while you do something else. Then click to run through the video again. Doing so usually works for me.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

Rolfe, Iowa: 1988 Quasquicentennial Parade — Part III and Part IV

January 20, 2013

In previous posts I published the first and second of seven segments of the Rolfe, Iowa, 1988 quasquicentennial parade. Below is the third segment, and also fourth segment. All seven segments are about ten minutes in length.

The remaining three segments will be posted over the next few days.

Update 1-21-13: Today the fifth segment of the parade video was posted. If any of video seems jerky, start it and let it play through (with its jerkiness) while you do something else. Then click to run through the video again. Doing so usually works for me.

Update 1-23-13: Today the last two segments were posted here.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)