“The Loess Hills Visitor Center and Gift Shop” in Moorhead announces the selections for their 2014 “Images of Western Iowa: The Loess Hills” calendar.  The calendar includes 25 colored images each year.  This year, as usual, the responsibility of that charge was difficult – having to choose from a field of about 200 images.

Sheryl Springer of Pisgah was a newcomer and submitted an image of a “Swan Family,” which was used as the cover of the calendar.  A glorious “Crab Apple in Bloom” was another selection from Springer’s submissions, as well as an eye-popping “Peaceful Fall” of splendid color.

An impressive “Snow Overblow” of the snow cresting over a sharp ridge was select from Mondamin photographer, Larry Green’s submissions.

Mike Harvey of Shenandoah captured an “Unlikely Visitor-Snowy Owl” in Fremont County, peering down from his perch.  Harvey, probably a winter hiker, offered “Waubonsie State Park, Hiking Shelter,” which seems to be on a high ridge that is covered with deep undisturbed snow.

“Many Faces” submitted by Bobbie Ford, Moorhead, was taken at Blue Lake near Onawa. This is reminiscent of childhood games of finding faces in pictures.

Jean Regan, Council Bluffs is a long-time supporter and submitter offered “Bird’s Eye View-Eagle” from Pottawattamie County. “Turtles” was another selection from Regan’s submissions. This spring, one can’t help but long to be sunning with those turtles!  

If you like horses, in particular – paints, then you’ll love seeing Regan’s “Our Paint” on the July page. “Hawk” was also Regan’s close up of a hawk, which is seemingly warming its foot on a chilly fall morning.

“Cardinal Pair” of Traci Clemons, Pisgah, hit the jackpot with her Cardinals secluded in a budded bush.

And wouldn’t you know that Jack Porter, Mondamin, would offer a watchful “Coyote.”

Linda Herman of Pisgah captured her evening “April Rainbow” on the way to the annual “Loess Hills Hospitality” meeting.  Don’t we just all love rainbows!  

Now, Herman knows her country art and proves it by her image of a tall country corn stalk sculpture mounted on the “Woodbine Elevator,” taken at Woodbine. “Sumac at Sawmill Hollow” was also selected from Herman’s collection.

Forest floor diversity is shown in Galen Stacey’s, Pacific Junction, “Dutchman’s Britches” – something most of us, this year, are still waiting to see. 

A knockout image was submitted by Lynette Thies, Ute, of “Is this Hawaii? No, it’s Iowa,” a great image she captured in Plymouth County. “Wilderness Hideaway,” a farm pond framed by golden yellow sunflowers, was a second choice taken from the Thies collection.

Now talk about different!  How about “Shelf Fungus?” How many of those have you seen.  Now, you will at least know what they look like!  That image was submitted by Carter Oliver of Woodbine.

Out-of-state photographer Wayne Laws of Aurora, Colo., sent “Golden Reflections,” a colorful rendition of a pond, trees, a boat dock and a cabin.

“Hunter’s Cabin,” a popular photography subject, was submitted by Robert and Joyce Hall of Pisgah.

Imagine a small bird with feathers puffed out in a frost cover bush trying to catch some of those early morning sun-rays and you have the moment captured by Maria Davie, Dunlap.

Closing the calendar, images of some of Iowa’s famous red barns are captured – “Frosty Christmas Morning” by Sheryl Springer, Pisgah, and “Across a Snowy Field” by Linda Herman, Pisgah.

“Images of Western Iowa: The Loess Hills” calendar has been publishing photos taken in the western counties of Iowa for over many, many years.  Western Iowa is a very scenically diversified part of the state.

Scenic views as well as the animals, birds, activities, insects, wildlife and park area photos have been submitted to the calendar committee for possible selection to be published in the calendars.  

The calendar is a publication of “The Loess Hills Visitor and Gift Shop” in Moorhead. Pictures from as many counties of the western part of the state as possible are included. The profits from the calendars are used to promote Western Iowa.  

Calendars are available at the Loess Hills Visitor Center and Gift Shop, by mail by calling 712-886-5441 or at local shops.  Inquiries are welcome.

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