All posts by Randy & Joyce Meyer

Joyce has 30 years in the field of education, currently a substitute teacher, farm gopher and photographer specializing in art and image restoration editing. Randy has a degree in studio art / art education and runs a corn/soybean farm along with a Seed dealership.

Bird’s Eye View of Gary, South Dakota

DJI Mini 2 | Joyce Meyer | Two images merged and edited in Photoshop and Topaz

Drone photography has caught my interest and I’ve debated whether it’s worth getting a Part 107 Drone License. So far, I’ve been shy and stealthy when flying the tiny DJI Mini 2 drone for recreational purposes only. Research tells me that anyone wanting to sell aerial photography, monitor their farming operations with a drone, or do any other business related work with a drone must have a Part 107 license. Hmmm…?

Training & Running a 5K

As a former runner/jogger I’ve completed my share of 5K, 10K and a couple of marathons throughout the years. Life happens and the running went by the wayside leaving me walking merrily along my way.

30+ years later, my daughter decides to become a certified running coach and was willing to set up a training plan just for me. Embracing the challenge, my training plan began last June and, to be honest, it wasn’t a pretty start. I followed the plan, adapted when necessary, and stuck with it. The short exercise videos were extremely helpful to avoid knee pain and other injuries.

I really thought my 5K running days were in the rear view mirror and the idea of a running coach was a foreign concept. In the end, I found the process to be exceptionally helpful by keeping me accountable and safely focused on the goal. Thank you to my personal running coach, Elizabeth Meyer!

Here is a short video trailer of my family supported 5K:

Still photogray by Angela Meyer, drone photography by Randy Meyer, Imovie by Joyce Meyer.

First Attempt: DJI Mini 2

First attempt at using the DJI Mini 2 drone midmorning with diffused lighting. I think we’ll have to resort to auto settings until some ND filters can be purchased. It’s a little nerve wracking since we don’t want to lose or crash the drone! Tips, anyone?

Video edited with iMovie

Canby Area Arts Council Kiln Reveal Part 2

Check out this short video of the glaze and kiln firing process featuring pieces created by the participants of the CAAC Play with Clay Youth and Adult Workshops held in Central Park, Canby, MN, on August 21, 2021. The classes were taught by Sarah Bednarek of Blue Barn Traveling Art Studio.

Canby Area Arts Council Kiln Reveal Part 1

Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful… Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there. ~Laozi

Joyce Meyer | Canby Area Arts Council | Filmed with a DJI Pocket 2

Check out the bisque firing results of the Canby Area Arts Council “Play with Clay” workshops. The classes were held on Saturday, August 7, 2021, in Canby Central Park, Canby, MN. This is one of two kiln loads so the groups were very productive. Next step will be glazing the pieces on Saturday, August 21, 2021 and they will again be fired.

The Bird Lady of Lac qui Parle County, MN

Salt Lake is the only alkaline lake in the state of MN (1/3 as salty as sea water) and attracts a remarkable variety of birds. Located in Lac Qui Parle County, this 312 acre lake is known as one of the state’s top birding spots, supporting a large diversity of shorebirds and waterfowl.

It was through Mae Nisbit Peterson’s interest in birds that Salt Lake, was preserved as she brought this area to the attention of naturalists.

Click on the video link to take a virtual tour and learn about “The Bird Lady” of Lac qui Parle County, MN.

Video by Joyce Meyer. Research and narration by Rachel Croatt.

Winter Beauty

Image and haiku poetry by Joyce Meyer

2020. It is what it is.

2020 life and travel plans may have changed, but that doesn’t mean life stops – it merely adjusts itself.

What a great opportunity to supervise the grandkids’ remote learning program:

Excitement filled the air as we stealth traveled to the mountains of Colorado. Cooler with food and wine-check, hand sanitizer-check, rubber gloves-check, multiple face masks-check, GoPro camera that I need to learn to use-check. A few days in Colorado provided wonderful adventures:

I had fun dressing up for Trunk & Treat in our local community. The kids seemed excited to catch candy from the chute and spooky music added to the fun!
Randy spent many hours working on converting this granary to a pottery studio.
Our pandemic chickens have added personality to the yard. (Along with a few other “treats.”

Another goal has been learning to use GoPro features like time-lapse:

…and time-warp. I am quite awkward in my attempts and have a lot to learn:

Here’s to looking back at 2020 knowing we played it as well as we could.

Game on 2021…

2020: Just Happy to be Here!

Greetings to our family and friends all around the globe. Looking forward to adventures, travels and exploring the world again. Someday…