Rear Views

…because hindsight is 20/20 vision.

Once in a while, what’s behind me makes my eye linger for a while. Especially when I am driving, there always seems to be something so interesting that I just have to snap a picture to look at later. I call it DDS – Distracted Driver Syndrome and I’ve got it bad! Enjoy this collection of views, made in my car mirror.

k9350307 Thank you for respecting the copyright on all photographs and writings.  Please send me a message via the contact page if you would like to use a specific photograph.  – Kristine

 

#1  This one inspired it all. Taken on a drive home on a beautiful fall day.  All of my car windows were down and music turned up and life was goooood. It is poor quality, taken with an iphone 3 on a very dirty mirror, but oh the fun and lighthearted spontaneity of it speaks volumes!

 

#2  What a spectacular sunset!  I knew it would be, and had been pulled off the road in South Bossier City at one of my top secret photo shoot sites for about 40 minutes.  No matter what time sunset actually occurs, be sure to wait at least 10 minutes afterward; that’s when the real show begins!

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#3  Beautiful late day clouds passing over the boat launch on Lake Caroline at the Red River Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City, LA.

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#4  Love showy clouds as the sun rises! This photo is looking back on clouds stretched out over Bossier City and the photo was taken from Hammel Park on Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport.

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#5  Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

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#6  Rural Louisiana at the Bossier/Webster Parishes line near Lake Bistineau.  Another hazy sunrise in the summer humidity.  Mornings like this are very distracting to my driving! (but no complaints!)

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#7  One of my favorite spots; the lane that leads to Clyde Connell’s former home.  She was a well-known Louisiana artist who used items she found in nature in much of her work. This lane travels through a Spanish Moss forest where I can spend hours just watching the light change and the soft fingers of moss sway in the breeze.

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#8  Another great sunrise from the open road.

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#9  A beautiful sight-seeing day near my hometown of Millville, IA.  This was taken from the top of the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River valley.  The bluff in the far distance is Wisconsin.

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#10  Looking back at what should be the open water of Lake Bistineau in Bienville Parish, LA.  The aquatic weed giant salvinia has become so invasive that it covers the surface of nearly 1,500 acres of water.  A path can be seen where a boat moved through it to the open channel. A tragic situation for Lake Bistineau’s human and animal dwellers, with no resolution in sight.

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#11  Profile of First United Methodist Church at the head of Texas Avenue in downtown Shreveport.  The steeple in this photo was blown off in a severe storm, landed on a moving car in which the driver survived, and was replaced with a smaller steeple.

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#12   Always beautiful when sunrise brings wispy, pink clouds to decorate the sky in rural Bossier Parish, LA.

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#13  Our dog Lucy loves to watch boats come and go from Lake Bistineau.  Taken at Grice’s Boat Launch in Bienville Parish, LA.

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#14  Drove in rain all the way home only to see the horizon in the west open up to sunshine. Hopefully it comes my way.  Rural Bossier Parish, LA.

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#15  This will always be one of my favorite photos. Every fall I try to get myself to Minden, LA to see the brilliant reds of these Bradford Pear trees behind a bank on Homer Road. Kudos to the landscaper who planted these! They take my breath away!

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#16  “Stuck in the middle with you”…..traffic jam in rural Arkansas due to road construction. On my way to Iowa to see my kids so hurry up!!

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#17  Sleet, ice, and snow mix covers highways and keeps falling from the skies in rural Bossier Parish.

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#18  Some of the most vivid, blue skies I have seen, just outside of Mansfield, LA.

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#19  A boat coming in from fishing on Lake Bistineau, Louisiana.

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#20  Storm up ahead.  Rural Bossier Parish, LA.

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#21  That’s me, admiring a sunset at Red River Marina in South Bossier Parish, LA.  When I look at this photo, only one word comes to mind….HEAVEN.

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#22  Another one of THOSE sunrises….such pretty pink!  Rural Bossier Parish, LA.

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#23  My home state near where I grew up; rural Northeast Iowa north of Dubuque, IA.

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#24  I missed driving through that rain column behind me!  Whew!  Rural Bossier Parish, LA.

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#25  Bridge that crosses the lower portion of Lake Bistineau.  This area is one of my favorite places to photograph.

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#26  Fog creeps across the roadway in the early morning sunlight.  Rural Bossier Parish, LA.

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#27 Sunrise during morning commute in busy rush hour traffic on Stoner Ave, Shreveport, LA.

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#28  Last of the autumn color in Webster Parish, LA.

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#29  Blooming crape myrtle trees on the street where I work in the Highland area of Shreveport, LA.

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#30  Sunset over the boat launch at Red River Marina in South Bossier City, LA.

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#31 Sunrise but it is dark because of all of the fog.  I drove out of it and into clearer skies.

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#32 Lotsa clouds sunset.  Rural Webster Parish, LA.

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#33 This photo amazes me every time I look at it.  The skyline of downtown Shreveport in the mirror is not what catches my attention.  It is the walking stick on my rear window.  It was there when I left my office and I drove 30 miles at speeds around 70 on the interstate, and it stayed on the entire ride.  A few times I saw one or two legs come up off of the car, but in the end, I parked the car and it walked away quickly.  A stranger in a strange land.

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#34 A nice little pink glow and Lake Bistineau’s surface as still as glass.

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#35 Rural Webster Parish clear sky sunset.  One faint jet making a small stream just over the center trees.

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#36 Stormy skies threaten to follow me home.  Driving faster.

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#37 A bright spot in the not so distant past.  Rural Bossier Parish, LA.

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#38 My favorite kind of sunset; the one where layers of blue, pink, and peach make the whole horizon look like a rainbow.  This was taken in rural Webster Parish near Doyline, LA.

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#39 More of those storm clouds that seem to follow me everywhere I go.  I wonder if there is a life analogy in that…..

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#40 Whispy thin clouds over Little Rock, AR as I pass through on my way to Iowa.

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#41 A nice pink glow as the day fades away in South Bossier City, LA.

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#42 One of my favorite places around Lake Bistineau; Grice’s Landing on the Bienville side of the bridge.  The lake is drained at the time of this photo to help control the aquatic week Giant Salvinia.  In its’ place, thousands of weedy, pink blooms cover the lake bed.

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#43 My hometown, Guttenberg, IA.  This is the St. John’s Lutheran Church, where I was baptized, raised, and married.

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#44 Another view in Guttenberg, IA.  This is Riverpark Drive, a row of retail businesses that face the Mississippi River.

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#45 The final view taken in Guttenberg, IA.  This is Guttenberg Community School’s Junior High Building, where I spent 7th and 8th grade.

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#46 A few dancing pink clouds in the quickly approaching darkness.  Rural Webster Parish, LA.

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#47 Feeling Patriotic as I took this photo from the parking lot of a small fire station in rural Webster Parish, looking at the wide open space of the area.

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#48 The last of the golden rays of the day illuminate the fall colors of the cypress trees on Lake Bistineau, LA.

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#49 Sunset approaches at Lake Caroline on the Red River Wildlife Refuge in South Bossier City, LA.

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