Introductory Note: It has been exactly three months today since we left Iowa. The time has gone quickly in some ways, though in other ways, it seems like ages ago when we stopped at the Missouri-Iowa State Line for a final relieved photo under glowering skies, with a sunbeam lighting our path onward. We’re thrilled to have been able to find, buy, and move into a dream home in the Village of Oak Creek as quickly as we did, and we’ve been deeply enjoying living in a climate that allows us to hike almost every day, pleasantly. I would estimate that we’ve covered at least 600 miles on foot since we got here, and that’s a conservative reckoning. As I am wont to do, I take lots of photos while we’re out and about. Sometimes I have posted photos from our rambles here with explanatory narrative, but other times, the imagery just sort of speaks for itself, I think. When we were in Chicago from 2015 to 2019, I found that great city to be incredibly photogenic, so I created a series here at the website called 10,000 Words. Riffing on the “A picture is worth a thousand words” paradigm, I just posted ten images of things I’d seen and experienced around and about town, without explanation. As we get more deeply settled here and work to establish new routines, I figure a similar approach is warranted to sharing imagery of the places we’ve been and things we’ve seen, and so I post this piece today as an introduction to a new photo series. I hope it pleases from an audience end. It certainly does from a photographer’s end. (Click on any image to see the full-sized version, if you’d like).