Girls’ Day: Winterset Edition


Once a month, I get together with a girlfriend and we grab out camera’s, pick a location, and spend the day laughing and exploring and learning a little more about our photography as we go.

In September, we chose Winterset, Iowa. Home to the Bridges of Madison County and a host of other fun locations. We spent the day poking around the countryside, browsing downtown Winterset, having lunch at the famous Northside Cafe, and rounding out the day with a trip to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch. It was a great girls’ day out and we got some excellent photos to boot!

Below is a snap-by-snap of our day. I’ve been through Winterset numerous times over the past 10 years and have only just now discovered its charm.

Hogback Bridge Collage

Hogback Bridge

Roseman Bridge Collage

Roseman Bridge

Hogback bridge supports watermarked

Detail of the supports on Hogback Bridge.

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Detail of the floor boards in one of the Madison County bridges.

Grafiti on roseman bridge bw watermarked

Graffiti that litters the interior of the bridges in Madison County, Iowa.

Have Faith grafiti at roseman bw watermarked

Graffiti from the inside of one of the bridges in Madison County.

neat tree trunk in cemetery CR5a1 watermarked

Clark Tower 1 Collage

Clark Tower, Winterset, Iowa.

Clark Tower 2 Collage

Clark Tower, Winterset, Iowa.

stone bridge in winterset park from BMC movie watermarked

Stone bridge in Winterset City Park used in the filming of the “Bridges of Madison County.”

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Stone bridge in Winterset City Park used in the filming of the “Bridges of Madison County.”

sun through the clouds and wildflowers watermarked

Winterset Courthouse Collage

Madison County Courthouse, Winterset, Iowa.

yarn store items Collage

Some old books and hand-knit items at Heartland Fiber Co. in Winterset, Iowa. This shop had walls of yarn and buttons and other fun yarn-work supplies.

Downtown Winterset Collage

A look at downtown Winterset, Iowa.

flourless salted caramel chocolate tart from Northside Cafe watermarked

The Salted Caramel Bete Noire from Northside Cafe in Winterset, Iowa.

Tenderloin and fries at Northside Diner watermarked

Breaded pork tenderloin and fries from the Northside Cafe in Winterset, Iowa.

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Timber in the Winterset City Park.

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Road through the Winterset City Park.

Francesca's Collage

Francesca’s house and barn from the movie “Bridges of Madison County.”

Franchesca's road watermarked

The gravel road Francesca’s House is located on.

Dried Flowers Collage

Dried flowers and grasses hang from the ceiling of the barn at Howell’s Pumpkin Patch.

mini pumpkins Collage

Wagons of mini pumpkins in a variety of colors from Howell’s Pumpkin Patch.

white pumpkins Collage

A wagon of white pumpkins from Howell’s Pumpkin Patch, processed three ways.

pumpkins in wagon Collage

Wagon of large pumpkins at Howell’s Pumpkin Patch, processed three ways.

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Wagon of unique pumpkins at Howell’s pumpkin patch.

wagons of large pumpkins Collage

Wagons of large pumpkins at Howell’s Pumpkin Patch.

Gourds Collage

Gourds at Howell’s Pumpkin Patch.

Widmill Collage

Windmill at Hollows square vintagram boost watermarked

Minion Haybales watermarked

Hay bales stacked and painted to look like a minion.

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