who knew?

On the day I bought my wedding dress, I took my time driving back to Boone from Des Moines. There were things that had caught my attention the first two times I had driven south, and I wanted to make sure I had some sort of memory of them, because I didn't know if I would ever be in that area again.

One of the first things that I noticed (but the last thing I photographed) was an old barn on Highway 30. I had driven past it on my way to work every day, and I always liked how smooth and empty its background was.

The second place at which I stopped and explored was a deserted building in Luther, a compact town on Highway 17 whose population is an in-excessive 122. I have no idea what the building once was, but it still intrigued me. Most of the windows were completely gone, and furniture--bookcases, filing cabinets--patiently stood in the middle of each room, slowly rotting and rusting.

The most interesting thing on Highway 17, though, was the Hindu Temple & Cultural Center in Madrid. Located near the banks of the Des Moines River, it is resplendently white, with intricately-carved towers that beckon eyes to turn from the road. It is, as a friend on Facebook said, a true "in-the-middle-of-a-field sort of thing." And really, who knew? I never expected to see such a place in central Iowa, but I was happily surprised. Iowa, as another friend said, "is so much cooler than people--even natives--give it credit for."


  1. That barn is awesome. And all that carving on the Hindu temple - beautiful! I never in a million years would've guessed that was in Iowa. You're making me want to get out and explore with my camera. :)

  2. I love the second photo! that opened door.. I could stay a long time looking at this photo.

    It was nice to read your engagement story, it´s always like to open a book and start reading when I read your story, I like how you write so much!

    how beautiful is to think about past times, nice memories...?

  3. That Hindu temple is huge! That's crazy that it was so hidden.

    Man, I hate to see bookcases go to waste. I can never have too many.

  4. I love your photos, i have just taken up photography at the start of this year, i love finding photographer who blog to inspire me. Your blog is stunning.


  5. this really reminds me of Brighton royal pavilion and it means i have to come to Iowa and you have to come to Brighton ;)

  6. What beautiful photos! I always appreciate ones with old, dilapidated buildings! That's what I want to do as a hobby: photograph old buildings and portray them through my eyes. -Jessica



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