Galloping into Spring

April 13th, 2014

It’s finally spring time again.

And with spring comes the return of fresh, green grass.

Which makes it an exciting time to be a horse!

Toes in the Sand

April 11th, 2014

Friend and former coworker Jennifer vacationing in Florida.

Half Moon

April 7th, 2014

Here’s another shot taken with the Tamron 150-600. Handheld at f/14, 1/200 sec., ISO 3200.

The Zoo is Open!

April 5th, 2014

Yesterday we learned that Decatur sucks, according to whoever spray painted, “Decatur Sucks” on a junk yard fence a few blocks over from the West Plant. Well, not so fast. Decatur, like any aging industrial city, has it’s rough spots. That goes without saying. But it’s not all bad, either.

Some things here are actually pretty cool.

Today I visited the Decatur Scovill Zoo to try a few animal shots with the new Tamron 150-600mm super telephoto lens that I rented, mainly to see how well it handles wildlife and sports shooting.

It’s an interesting lens that I have some mixed feelings about. I’ll be posting a full review later on. (The photo above was taken with my 17-40 lens and 7D)

I had never been to the Decatur Zoo until today. After seeing the Penguins and Meerkats on WAND-TV over the winter, I finally decided to go once the zoo reopened for the season.

The zoo is relatively small, and there are no great apes, giraffes or polar bears. You probably have to go to St. Louis or Chicago to see those.

Although for a small zoo in a small city, the Decatur Park District does a good job. It’s tidy and well thought-out. There are camels, wolves, big cats and a variety of colorful birds. The penguins, of course, are an especially big deal for Decatur. Not only are they amazing animals, but they’re totally out of the ordinary for Central Illinois.

Considering the abundance of small children at the zoo today, it’s also fair to say they do an excellent job with cleanliness and organization. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the Meerkats. One of the zoo keepers told me it was too cold for them to come out today. It turns out they like it hot, so I’ll have to go back when it’s warmer.

I think a weekday morning visit is well in order…Less people and better ambient lighting near the penguin exhibit, which like I said, is genuinely awesome and well worth the price of admission.

No Love

April 5th, 2014

There are worse places.

Wet and Windy

April 3rd, 2014

April showers.

Opening Day

April 2nd, 2014

The first day of big league ball also saw the first company league softball practice. Play ball!

Slow Burn

March 31st, 2014

Clearing the prairie.

Jolly Green Giant

March 26th, 2014

The most photographed attraction in Blue Earth, Minnesota

Blue Earth’s Green Giant monument was constructed in 1978 with funds raised by local business people as a way to pay tribute to the area’s agricultural history and economic vibrance.

Recessionville, Illinois

March 22nd, 2014

The recovery that wasn’t. Although to be fair, Pershing Street has pretty much always looked like this.