Painted Country Evening

October 20th, 2014

Peaceful.

Fall in Indy

October 17th, 2014

Vibrant fall scene near Gilead, Indiana.

Soybeans ready for harvesting.

Very special thanks to Jennifer D. for sending!

Shades of Fall

October 17th, 2014

Norfolk Southern freight train, Christian County.

Corn stalk, Christian County.

Dredge Report

October 16th, 2014

Digging deep.

Autumn in Decatur

October 14th, 2014

Nature reclaiming what was once hers.

Farewell to Summer

October 9th, 2014

Welcome back fall!

Purple Flowers

September 24th, 2014

Macro goodness with a telephoto lens.

Harvest Gold

September 21st, 2014

Always in style.

Lincoln Presidental Museum

September 16th, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois as seen from the Lincoln Museum across the street.

I recently visited the museum, which was also hosting Annie Liebowitz’s “Pilgrimage” exhibit.

Moving clockwise, the museum takes you on a journey through Lincoln’s childhood, early career and ultimately his presidency and death.

The Lincoln exhibits (many of which visitors are not allowed  to photograph) include rare historical documents and life-sized, life-like displays presented in incredible detail.

I’ve lived in Central Illinois for nearly fourteen years. The museum has been open for almost ten. This was my first visit. It’s amazing how easily we can take for granted that which is right in our own backyard.

Of course, like any museum, there are plenty of t-shirts, buttons, books and whatnot all available for sale. The custom Abe Lincoln carpet was pretty cool.

Getting back to Annie Liebowitz, her artistic and communicative prowess are obviously world famous. The exhibit, which paid tribute to her formative inspirational places and people, was very well done. Yet even among powerful photos of Old Faithful, Niagara Falls and Elvis Presley’s bullet hole riddled TV set, the image I found most captivating was a simple rural snow scene from Ohio that looked liked it could have been taken almost anywhere in Illinois. Maybe that’s why.

Perfect Country Evening

September 2nd, 2014

Perfect natural lightning as evening descends over the prairie.

Grass growing wild in the ditch with soybeans turning color in the background.

Swooping, splashing sunset.

Golden Rods and more soybeans.

Almost dark.