Moon farmstead

You never know what you will find as you travel through Iowa. Last week on the way to an early meeting I stopped to take photos as the moon made its descent behind a farm house near Granger. Nothing like watching the sun rise in the east and the moon slowly disappear in the west.

A full moon retires into the horizon as the sun rises on a winter day near Granger, Iowa.

A full moon retires into the horizon as the sun rises on a winter day near Granger, Iowa.

Five fab questions

Honored to be interviewed by Arturo Fernandez on his blog about my photography career and images that have inspired me in the past. You can view the interview here: http://thisissouthwark.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/five-fab-fotos-with-joe-murphy-a-visual-conversation-with-imaginative-professionals/

A windmill reflects the late autumn sun on a country road near Dallas Center, Iowa.

A windmill reflects the late autumn sun on a country road near Dallas Center, Iowa.

Abandoned in the Heartland

It is always fun to come across photographic gems in the countryside. Tonight as I was making my way to a meeting in Carroll I came across this old car not far off of a county road. I pulled over jumped out and started taking photos of the car while trying to work the brilliant sky into the picture.

An abandoned car rests on the open prairie ground of northwest Iowa.

An abandoned car rests on the open prairie ground of northwest Iowa.

Within five minutes of starting to take photos a car pulled up with an older lady and her son. I stepped over to the car and told them good evening. They were inquisitive to what I was doing and I answered that I happened to see the car and I was taking photos. That's when the woman told me and son confirmed that they were the owners of the old car. They told me it was a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe that didn't work for years so they left it there to wither away on a hillside in western Iowa. They also told me that the car had a twin that was in mint condition in a neighboring town.

Golden rails

A fitting find today while driving home from an assignment in North Iowa. Today I celebrated my dad's birthday although we lost him several years ago. Trains have been in my family for many generations and my father chased trains as a hobby. His hobby of photographing trains led me to my career as a photojournalist. Little signs always make me smile!

The sun illuminates railroad tracks in southern Iowa.

The sun illuminates railroad tracks in southern Iowa.