Location: United States
“General Bob” Felderman is an award-winning photographer, and a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General who has traveled or lived around much of the world. He currently travels along the back-roads and river roads of America, capturing scenes not often noticed in today's hectic and fast-paced world.
His professional assignments have ranged from magazines to television to movies to music albums to private art endeavors. He is a professional photographer and videographer specializing in commercial (e.g. real estate, marketing, billboards), aerial/drones (e.g. insurance, tower, and construction inspections), entertainment and music albums (e.g. working with international to local level performers, including albums and multiple magazine covers), portraits and people (e.g. family, seniors, babies, animals, and audiences), and competes in international fine art competition, through his business General Bob Photography.
Felderman is pleased to be a new (2019) student at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, working towards his Fine Arts Degree in Photography. Felderman is a 34-year award-winning Iowa real estate broker, a long-time Dubuque philanthropist (along with his wife Nancy), and an independent writer/photographer published in local, state, national and international magazines and books. He has received numerous local, state, national, and international recognition and awards for his writing and photography.
General Bob is a professional speaker on subjects ranging from unmanned aerial systems (drones) to pandemic influenza to domestic catastrophic responses to nuclear weapon accidents to terrorism to strategic planning and operations to aviation to real estate to art and photography. Felderman has traveled to many parts of the world, but chooses to live in the Midwest United States near the Mighty Mississippi River.
As aerial artist the past few years, I'm presenting some of my commercial efforts, as well documentary photos of life around and along the mighty Mississippi River.
The historical county courthouse has gold leaf on the dome, renovated exterior of the redstone masonry walls, stone eaves and window, and gray statues.
As part of a magazine cover assignment, these newly installed solar panels were the years highlight for the city.
The Mississippi River hit historic flood levels this week. The trees in the foreground are many feet under water, and the level is almost surpassing the railroad bridge that crosses the river from Iowa to Illinois. In the background are the historic Dubuque Star Brewery and Shot Tower reflecting in the muddy and mighty Mississippi River.
The Canadian Northern Train waits on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River while the crews check the historic railroad bridge for safe passage. The river reached historic flood levels, over 22 feet, but the city is safe due to a flood wall installed in the late 1960's. However, the water is less than a few feet from topping the bridge and concerns for its safe use are prudent. To the north (right) of the train is the historic Shot Tower, originally constructed to make "bullets" or shot during the Civil War. It later became a watch tower for the massive lumber yards in the flat downtown area of the city. To the south (left) of the train is the Dubuque Star Brewery and Alliant Amphitheater, restored from being the first brewery west of the Mississippi River and having been used in the movie, "Take This Job and Shove It."
With the Mississippi River at historic levels, the Port of Dubuque closed its flood gates, thus isolating the boat docks sitting empty. They offer a leading line to the former Iowa Boat Company construction yard, now part of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (a Smithsonian affiliate) that was constructed with almost no federal funds.
The mighty Mississippi River annually get high in the early spring, but 2019 brings historic levels (3rd highest in recorded history) to the Tri States of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Many acres of land are flooded throughout the Midwest, and transportation hubs are impacted as well. This is a railroad bridge crossing the river, with a swinging section that opens for barges and pleasure craft to traverse the river. The water level is inches from overtaking the foundation, but it crested on the day this photo was taken at 22 feet.