I first came to Northeast Iowa as a senior in high school. I had that typical view that all non-Iowans have of the state: it’s flat and filled with pigs and corn. I mean really, why would anyone want to live here? It’s so corny. Boy oh boy, was I wrong! The region actually looked just like home to me, which is west central Wisconsin (Chippewa Valley). Rivers, hills, and plenty of places for the outdoorsy, and even photography folk! Both my mother and I fell in love with the area. The people are so nice, and it’s so welcoming! Right away, I knew that Decorah, Iowa was where I wanted to spend my four years of college. I hadn’t even seen the school yet.
So, I came to stay here at Luther for four years, and those four years were filled to the brim with picture taking of the area. My favorite spot would be Dunning Springs. It’s just a beautiful place, no matter what time of year! My Facebook page is flooded with pictures of the area. Sunsets, sunrises, the deer that walked me to my 5AM job once. If coming to this area just to take pictures, you’d definitely get your money’s worth! I took a black and white photography class for my January term. I am actually going to attach pictures to this blog if possible. I didn’t realize just how lovely the area was, until I took this class.
You get a whole new perspective on the world of nature when you look at it in black and white. The detail surrounding Decorah and Northeast Iowa is just stunning. The way the water makes icicles off of Dunning Springs, or the way that the trees get painted with frost and snow. I love Northeast Iowa for giving me this opportunity. My years at Luther College are currently over, and I have moved to Cedar Rapids for a job. And it’s not the same. I mean, it’s not awful, but you don’t get that small hometown feel here that I had for the last four years of my life. Even nature isn’t the same. I have yet to find a tree that looks as beautiful as the trees during winter at Dunning Springs. I can’t wait to return to Northeast Iowa in a few weeks for a photography trip. I may even make it a bi-yearly this year. Cheers to Northeast Iowa!!