Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

No doubt about it, we’ve got A LOT of fresh snow here in the Red River Valley. Two blizzards hit the region over the past few days and plenty of folks are still digging out. I’m grateful for our new snow blower and a husband who enjoys moving snow! I bundled up this morning and took another walkabout around the neighborhood.

Enjoy the photos and here’s to a fabulous 2011. Ann

Photographs of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Photograph of New Year's Day Snow in Fargo

Frost in the Red River Valley

Not only did we have a beautiful white Christmas here in the upper Midwest, but a lovely coat of hoar frost arrived the next morning. It was chilly enough during my morning walkabout that thin layers of ice actually formed wherever my hands held my camera. I was thankful for a new bomber hat, my husband’s snow pants and time to meander around our north Fargo, N.D. neighborhood.

Enjoy! Ann

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

Frost in the Red River Valley

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

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