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Waking up early is never anything I do with a great amount of spirit. Crawling out of bed, usually with a haggard countenance and a temper akin to a bear waking up from hibernation, has never been my favorite thing in the world. Except when I know there’s an opportunity for a good photograph. When nature’s elements work come together to form a good image, it’s worth the early-morning alarm. This happened to me today during Day 4 of the RAGBRAI bike ride. I have others I like better than this photo, I just chose this one for the blog because the subject is waving.
Riders up early on Thursday were treated to a beautiful sunrise over Red Rock Lake near Pella. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)
Day four of the 2013 RAGBRAI ride included a couple of artists from Des Moines, who dressed up like statues in Knoxville.
Artists and street performers Katelyn McBurney, left and Devin Preston, both of Des Moines, apply the finishing touches to their makeup on Wednesday in Knoxville. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)
Last week I covered a homecoming ceremony for a group of Iowa National Guard soldiers returning from a tour in the Middle East. After working the event I collected my things and made my way down the hallway, behind a soldier and his family. They all held hands. Sometimes the best shots happen when you’re leaving.
Eric Weber of Grimes walks hand-in-hand with his wife, Deanna, and daughter, Laynne, 6, on Saturday at Camp Dodge after he was released from duty. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)
As this seemingly endless band of severe weather continues to roll through the midwest, the copious amounts of rain have created swollen rivers and streams in parts of Iowa. Tonight I was called up to cover a new threat in New Hartford, where residents there are scrutinizing a levee, which could become compromised if the water levels continue to rise.
A farm along the Beaver Creek in New Hartford is one of many homesteads between New Hartford and Parkersburg that are under threat of increased flooding. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)