I'm gonna ramble 'til I get back to where I came

A few photographs from a visit to Sioux City over the long Thanksgiving weekend. I lived there from 1991-1995 and, while a lot has changed, there are still quite a few parts of town that are just as I remember them. Sioux City has a lot in common with another old Missouri River town that I visited early this year - St. Joseph, Missouri. Both have new, sprawling commercial developments on the edges while the middle of town struggles to survive.

I’m working with a new camera - a Nikon Z6 - and am very impressed so far. It is far smaller than existing full frame Nikon cameras but still handles very well. No judgements on the image quality as of now (Adobe does not yet support the Z6) but my first impressions are excellent, especially the compact 24-70 zoom.

A long, cold winter is just around the corner here in Nebraska. Time to start planning for and dreaming of spring.


Post title: Townes Van Zandt - White Freight Liner Blues

Think I'll go to Cairo to ease the trouble on my mind

What remains of Cairo lies at the very southern tip of the state of Illinois, just a few miles from the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. It’s been a long time - almost a century - since the town has flourished. Today, the once grand downtown district is a shadow of its former self with condemned buildings being removed one by one. It’s only a matter of time before nothing but a grid of streets remains.


Post title: Son Volt - Cairo and Southern

I want every highway sign to remember we were here

I headed southeast over Labor Day weekend to explore the area where Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana all intersect. It was my first ever visit to this part of the country as I had never previously been south of St. Louis. 

This trip included a visit to the slowly disappearing Cairo, Illinois - another blog post will feature some of the photographs - along with old river cities like Cape Girardeau, Paducah, and Evansville that are finding different ways to be relevant in the 21st century. I also spent a good part of a morning in the tiny, historic town of Thebes, Illinois with two very enthusiastic volunteers that have helped keep an old bluff-top courthouse alive as a museum.

A few photographs from my meanderings...


Post title: John K. Samson - Requests