Corn to the max: a drive through some of Iowa's farm country
I can't help it--I like corn and the countryside. I felt right at home along roads such as the one you see below, for I spent many formative summers outside Niles, Michigan, where the roads were a lot narrow than these. I drove tractors before trucks, and trucks before cars. I did all those things that farm kids do, and loved every tough second of it. So scenes like this suit me just fine, thank you. In fact, I sought them out. I decided to just drive the back roads of Iowa and see whatever I saw. Here are a few photos taken on the way from Iowa City to Dyersville. Relax and enjoy some scenes from the later summer of 1999.
The countryside was more rolling than I had expected. I was looking for flat plains and got gentle hills instead. No problem. I think it's more beautiful this way. My eastern friends will ask how Iowans can get along without the ocean. The answer is also, "No problem."
Isn't this just beautiful?
Like a picture postcard.
Alas, but in the years since Niles I have developed a pair of atmospheric eyes. Here they spot the presence of that whitish summer haze that means sulfate aerosol from coal-fired power plants somewhere within a few hundred miles, or possibly more. But it didn't stop me from savoring the views
One of the flatter places I saw.
Back to Iowa