New site

Friends, I’m excited to announce that I’m wrapping up a new website at my Photoshelter page. From now on, I will no longer post images to this site. Check out my new site here:!/index. Thanks!


Open road

Waking up early is never anything I do with a great amount of spirit. Crawling out of bed, usually with a haggard countenance and a temper akin to a bear waking up from hibernation, has never been my favorite thing in the world. Except when I know there’s an opportunity for a good photograph. When nature’s elements work come together to form a good image, it’s worth the early-morning alarm. This happened to me today during Day 4 of the RAGBRAI bike ride. I have others I like better than this photo, I just chose this one for the blog because the subject is waving.

Riders up early on Thursday were treated to a beautiful sunrise over Red Rock Lake near Pella. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Art along the bike route

Day four of the 2013 RAGBRAI ride included a couple of artists from Des Moines, who dressed up like statues in Knoxville.

Artists and street performers Katelyn McBurney, left and Devin Preston, both of Des Moines, apply the finishing touches to their makeup on Wednesday in Knoxville. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Welcome home

Last week I covered a homecoming ceremony for a group of Iowa National Guard soldiers returning from a tour in the Middle East. After working the event I collected my things and made my way down the hallway, behind a soldier and his family. They all held hands. Sometimes the best shots happen when you’re leaving.

Eric Weber of Grimes walks hand-in-hand with his wife, Deanna, and daughter, Laynne, 6, on Saturday at Camp Dodge after he was released from duty. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Independence Day in Spillville

The small Northeast Iowa community of Spillville seemingly outperforms itself each year when it comes to its Independence Day fireworks display. 


Fireworks light up the night sky in Spillville during the finale of Saturday’s Independence Day fireworks show. (Bryon Houlgrave)



As this seemingly endless band of severe weather continues to roll through the midwest, the copious amounts of rain have created swollen rivers and streams in parts of Iowa. Tonight I was called up to cover a new threat in New Hartford, where residents there are scrutinizing a levee, which could become compromised if the water levels continue to rise.

A farm along the Beaver Creek in New Hartford is one of many homesteads between New Hartford and Parkersburg that are under threat of increased flooding. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Kenny Chesney

Country artist Kenny Chesney played to a packed Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday evening.


A fan puts up the rock horns as Kenny Chesney performs during his concert at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)