Cumming, IA

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So. I thought this was a cool image but until this moment, had not really given much thought to the sign over the door, silhouetted here in this photo taken at dusk. This is the sign announcing the presence of the Iowa Distilling Company, the existence of which I was totally unaware.

Cumming is a teeny, tiny Iowa town near the Des Moines metro and its local claim to fame – for the bicycling crowd, anyway – is that it sports a parking lot / trailhead for the Great Western Trail. Oh, and it’s home as well to the Cumming Tap, a small bar that caters to area bicyclists.

At one point, Cumming – considered one of the smallest incorporated suburbs of the metro area – was apparently more of a bustling metropolis with the likes of other local businesses such as Sweeney’s Shamrock Oil service station but apparently those days are behind her…

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…but this tiny burg sure packs a photo op wallop!

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I don’t much indulge in hard liquor, the apparent mainstay of the Iowa Distilling Company – not much of a drinker, period – but I do think it’s kind of cool, all things considered, that such a small town (population: 383) would have so much to offer.

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    • Thanks Julie! Bill and I love riding our bikes from this little send-off. I’m told the Cumming Tap has a great steak night feast on Wednesday’s. Will have to check that out!

    • Thanks Martha. This biking thing is opening all kinds of doors for us. Not only is it an easy and fun way to exercise but we’re seeing some beautiful countryside vis-a-vis the bike trails and some really great photo opportunities!

  1. I’m enjoying catching up on your blog, Julie. All your photos resonate with me because they are the sort of scenarios I would choose to photograph, too. I stopped sprinkling the likes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like any of them!

    Love these too, and almost missed that whimsical lining-up of the dog and old fire-hydrants!

    • I’ve noted your likes and comments and I’m very appreciative. Sincerely — thank you! Photography is a passion for me and I think for you as well, yes?

      It occurred to me the other day that I view myself more as a ‘picture taker’, though, than a photographer for I am in no way schooled in the mechanical aspects of both my camera and photography in general. I’m able to, I think, successfully compose a photo but the manual aspects are something I’ve yet to master.

      No matter! The joy is in the doing. πŸ™‚ Thank you again for checking me out today!!

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