A new default icon, and for a change it's one that doesn't feature me. I did, however, take the photograph on which it's based
. The bridge is in tiny Sutliff, Iowa, just a few miles from where I went to college. The bridge has been decommissioned for years, but preservationists in Johnson County managed to save it. It's now a public park, and when I was in college my friends and I would go there a lot. Sometimes we'd go into the woods on the yon side of the bridge, build a campfire, and sit around shooting the shit for hours on end. Good times. I stopped by when I was in Iowa last October, and snapped this picture. I'm very fond of it; I think it's one of the best I've ever taken.
The text on the icon is, of course, from the John Denver classic "Take Me Home, Country Roads," penned by Denver and Bill & Taffy Danoff. The irony here is that the song is talking about the Blue Ridge region of West Virginia, some 900 miles east of where the photo was taken. Also, if I actually tried to use that particular country road to get me home, I would probably get very wet. The bridge surface is sound enough for light pedestrian traffic, but a car would almost certainly plunge through the planks into the Cedar River.
In other icon-related news, I also created this icon. It's based on one of Eric Wight's concept drawings
for the aborted Buffy
animated series. The text is from the Buffy
episode "What's My Line, part one." It's free to anyone who wants it.