My big sister Laura holds my father Wayne Guttenfelder's portrait as we drive to the cemetery this morning during his funeral in Waukee, Iowa.
My Father's Shoes
When I was growing up, Wayne Guttenfelder always wore black wingtip shoes. He wore them when he went to the office. He wore them while visiting my school principal when I was in trouble again. He even wore them in the barn to feed livestock on our family farm in Iowa. He wore holes in the soles and heels of every pair he owned.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to wear these wingtips to his funeral. My dad passed away on April 10th at age 75. My dad fought like a hero for 12 years after suffering a devastating stroke and battling lymphoma.
I've been bragging about my dad for my whole life. When I was a boy, he was a Golden Gloves boxer and he covered the walls of our house with his paintings of cartoon characters. He was big hearted, a fearless risk taker and a wily practical joker. I am very proud of who he was and very proud of the ways I've lived to be like him.
For those who knew him, a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 10:30am at the Waukee, Iowa United Methodist Church.
Signed prints from @natgeocreative photographers are on sale now for $100. In honor of Earth Day National Geographic is holding a 'Flash Print Sale' featuring signed prints by @jimrichardsonng@stevewinterphoto@amytoensing@timlaman@pedromcbride@paulnicklen and many more.
And - 27% of the sales goes back into the not for profit National Geographic Society which funds science and exploration projects all over the world.
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I just bought a copy of this incredible photo by my friend & fellow @natgeo Yellowstone photographer @chamiltonjames.
Signed prints from @natgeocreative photographers are on sale now for $100. In honor of Earth Day National Geographic is holding a 'Flash Print Sale' featuring signed prints by photographers @randyolson@argonautphoto@amivitale@christinamittermeier and many more.
And - 27% of the sales goes back into the not for profit National Geographic Society which funds scientific projects all over the world.
American classics. In honor of Earth Day, and as a first test of its kind for Nat Geo Creative, we are offering signed Nat Geo prints during a week-long FLASH Print Sale. $100 each! Follow the link in my bio and thank you.
A migrating goose stops to rest on my mother's screened porch. Waukee, Iowa.
Des Moines International Airport. Arrivals and baggage claim.
A crushed water bottle on a rural road near Ndjole, Gabon. #whptimetravel
Faded yellow bordered magazine, collected and recognizable everywhere I travel in the world, are stacked on shelves at a research station inside Gabon's Lope National Park. @natgeo has a special relationship with the national parks of Gabon, which would not exist without the work of not only those like Lee White and Mike Fay, but also the words of Nat Geo's @davidquammen and world changing photographs of @michaelnicknichols.
My daughters had something to say: "Future President" & "Girls Rock"
Minneapolis, MN. #womensmarch.