On a day when America is celebrating the fact that Osama bin Laden has achieved room temperature, I thought I'd re-post some photos of one of my favorite local patriotic landmarks. This enormous rock, about five feet tall and parked in a very remote location outside of Bismarck, has more patriotism than the American left. The owner of the land on which it sits, I presume, has adorned it with an American flag, the names of some North Dakota soldiers killed in the global war on terrorism, and the following quote from our President:
"We will not waver; we will not falter; and we will not fail.
Peace and freedom will prevail." President George W Bush
It's just a shame that very few people will ever see this rock; I stumbled upon it by accident while out getting the truck dirty. Can you imagine the heartfelt pride in our soldiers the artist must have felt as they painted this tribute to their sacrifice? It's very moving and I had to tell you about it. At the bottom of this post I'll give you directions on how to find it; it's not that hard, really.
To visit this rock, something that might be especially appropriate this Memorial Day, simply take Expressway north from where it intersects with Century Avenue. When you reach 57th Avenue, take a right and head east. It's at the end of the road a short while later with a little cul de sac where you can park and/or turn around. Here's a little map I put together:
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Today is a day of great pride in our nation and its armed forces, but we shouldn't let that pride wane on any other day. Landmarks like this one are a great reminder of that. Pay it a visit!
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Anybody else gettin' tired of waiting for it to get nice out and stay that way? My cameras and I are.
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Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn;
and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? -Luke 12;24
This counsel from Jesus was a good starting point for Luke Graner as he performed at the Belle Mehus a while back. You may remember my photos from the event. Being a Bible lover myself, I caught on pretty quickly to the opening tune.
Luke uses a very interesting method to construct his music, using a Boomerang looping device to build his songs in layers as we watch and listen. Many times he'll have multiple instances of his own voice accompanying him. Thus, for the first song, Luke sang with Luke from the Gospel of Luke. Fantastic.
Wanna see and here it? Dakota Media Access has posted it here (Windows Media format).
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During one of my frequent photography outings around the outskirts of town, I came upon a little bit of flooding out in the Apple Creek area. This portion of Apple Creek Road at the intersection with 106th Street normally has water on both sides, but the water has overtaken the road for the time being.
For a pretty good stretch of this road, the water is not very deep; it's simply over the surface of the road. I parked the truck well back from the barricades and hiked in for a little while to get some cool photos.
This shows the sign at the intersection with 106th as well as the point where the road emerges once again from the water. Those barricades you see in the distance are not the first ones blocking the road; it'd be a pretty bad experience to come over that hill from the west and only then find out that the road is closed (and under water!)
Hopefully we've all seen the last of spring flooding for now, and that things will get back to normal. We're long overdue for some beautiful spring weather...just ask my kids, my cameras, and my motorcycles!
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On my way to our monthly photography club Coffee and Cameras meeting I noticed this on the sign at the Mandan DQ. I wholeheartedly agree. I'm excited to support businesses willing to make such a declaration. Christ is Risen - Alleluia, Amen!
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