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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

On Channeling John Denver - Part 1


Look at that gorgeous picture.
Gravel roads and wire fences.
Telephone lines and brush.
Blue skies and harvested fields.

Put all this talk about Poweshiek County, Iowa over on my friend Chris Hagenow's blog together with that incredible picture and the John Denver music oozing out of iTunes on my office computer, and you've got a recipe for reflectiveness. Look at that picture. Click on it so it expands to its full glory. Revel in it. Talk about evoking nostalgic feelings. Talk about going home again. The sky. The fields. The feeling of distance. Very special. Very moving.

Almost heaven, Wyoming, Iowa,
Take me home, down country roads.
I get a feeling that I should be going home.
Take me home, down country roads.

John Denver's original name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

Did you know that according to a coroner's report filed in Monterey County, California, John Denver had more than twice the legal limit of sunshine on his shoulders at the time of his fatal plane crash into Monterey Bay?

Say what you will about the rustic backwoods charm and hillbilly sensibilities of southern Iowa, but for pure scenic loveliness you just can't do better - within the geographical confines of the great State of Iowa, that is - than the natural splendor that is Poweshiek County, Iowa. Our Chief Poweshiek knew what he was doing, at least in terms of choosing a place to live.

Please give a big shout out to everybody's favorite longshoreman, The Velvet Fog, for creating that gorgeous picture that inspired this missive. It was taken, rumour has it, just outside of Wyoming, Iowa. Not the place I'd expect to find a sailor, but hey.


Blogger Chris said...

It really is a beautiful place. I'm not a big fan of the scenery in Iowa, but Poweshiek County might be my favorite area (nice stuff in the NE corner of the state as well).

I'm a big fan of Diamond Lake Park

9:08 PM, October 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a room you two. Geeez, you are making me sick.

9:16 AM, October 11, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

That photo was taken about .25 miles east of the intersection of 275th Street and 130th Avenue in Scott County. Of all the places I have been, that was one of them.

10:27 AM, October 11, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

Sadly, I cannot find any photos of my adventures in Wanblee, South Dakota. That place was like being on the moon. While enjoying that locale, I took my jeans off and wrapped them around my head a la Chevy Chase in Vacation. It seemed to fit the moment.

10:28 AM, October 11, 2005  

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