Feet in Fargo

This journal entry, which admittedly is overdue and abbreviated, serves as the final photographic installment of my recent adventures around North Dakota. Previous entries and more photos are available at: North Dakota Road Trip [Part I] and North Dakota Road Trip [Part II].

Ironically, I’m heading out on the road again today. This time my travels are of a personal nature. I’m headed to Iowa where I hope to connect with friends last seen 20 or so years ago. Wonder what I will discover along the way?

Dog in Grand Forks

RV along Interstate 94

Motel in Ragged Butte

Sweet Tracyi

Girl+Landmark

Place+Person

July Sky in Moorhead, Minn.

Let’s be honest. The weather in Fargo-Moorhead gets pretty crazy sometimes and has earned its share of media attention. We regularly experience blizzards, subzero temperatures and floods. Lately, it seems the Red River Valley and parts of northern Minnesota are in line to become the nation’s next tornado alley. I’ve lost count of the number of tornado warnings issued in the past few weeks.

While lakes country was enduring another nasty thunderstorm Saturday evening, the sky above Moorhead gave way to a collection of funky clouds [pictured above]. They’re actually called mammatus clouds – or mammatocumulus – if I’ve done my homework correctly.

Interestingly enough, the next day The Weather Channel announced Fargo resident Steve Waldner as the winner of its “Ultimate Summer Beach Party” contest. His property will be transformed into a “beach party destination complete with sand, water features, palm trees, barbecue and much more,” according to a press release issued by The Weather Channel. The party will be televised live from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST on Sunday, July 25.

Wonder what the forecast is?

Harry The Cat

This morning my family said goodbye to Harry The Cat [July 1998-July 2010].

Harry came into my life in early 1999 via the Humane Society of Gallatin Valley in Bozeman, Mont. At the time I was single and working as the city reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Over the years Harry was contraband in more apartments and hotels than I would care to own up to. He bit my boyfriend [now husband] when I was in Scotland for a summer photography workshop. He hated car rides and loved eating spider plants. He was particular, sometimes annoying and purred loudly. I miss him.

Rest+Eat

Chomp

Paw

Watching

The two photographs below were taken with black and white film when I was a graduate student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Harry and the Bird

Harry in Ohio

Women's Way

North Dakota is home to more than its share of beautiful women. Throughout the month of May I had the good fortune to meet and photograph 19 women who are participants in or advocates for a breast and cervical cancer early detection program called Women’s Way. The North Dakota program, which is under the auspices of the state’s Department of Health, has helped provide nearly 11,000 screening services since its inception in 1997. Nationally, there are more than 60 similar programs.

The portraits and accompanying stories – written by colleague Kimberly Cowden – are featured in a 19-month calendar, which has been distributed around the state in recent weeks. A total of 7,000 copies were printed.

In my view, the finished piece serves as a testament to the value of Women’s Way and its broad reach. I am grateful to Reach Partners, who skillfully managed the project and coordinated my travel schedule. I also remain inspired by the woman featured in the calendar. You are all uniquely beautiful.

To view a few photographs from my travels around the state, feel free to peruse previous journal entries North Dakota Road Trip [Part I] and North Dakota Road Trip [Part II]. I have one more batch of roadside attraction and related photos to share. North Dakota Road Trip [Part III] will be coming soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy a selection of photographs from the Women’s Way calendar project.

Women's Way

Women's Way

Women's Way

Women's Way

Women's Way

Women's Way

Women's Way

Women's Way

Women's Way

Lil' Fisherman's Derby & Clinic

Two weeks ago our family took in the Lil’ Fisherman’s Derby & Clinic, a free event sponsored by the Fargo Park District, on the Red River. It seemed the perfect opportunity to make a few photographs of my husband and son together. Happy Father’s Day, Wade. You are a fantastic dad.

This was the first time the three of us went fishing. It looks like we’ll be doing more in the future, too. Little M. had a great time [even though the big one got away]. We now have a family fishing license and plan to be back on the Red again soon.

Fishing in Fargo, N.D.

Teva Feet