Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Driving across Illinois the other day (on I-55), I decided to take the straight shot through Lincoln, IL. This meant jumping off the interstate, onto Business 55. Which also happens to be historic Route 66. A pleasant, if not hugely memorable side trip. But I did see this funky building while sitting at a stop light in downtown Lincoln.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Ah, nothing quite like a birthday party at a bowling alley…. Interesting, though, as our community has evolved, about all of our bowling alleys have been replaced with shopping centers. Except for the one at the local University. One of my son’s friends had his party there… Yee ha!
We finished off Saturday with the regional competition of the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. My son’s car had placed 3rd in the Troop competition, qualifying him for regionals. So yesterday it was off to Greenville (about 40 minutes east of us). It was a lot of fun, and he finished 34th out of 76 cars from all over the area. Around 1/10th of a second behind the winner, very close competition!. In the photo, he’s in the far lane.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Getting ready for spring, I was looking through my images from 4/2006. For some reason this one bever got “processed” last year. I’m a sucker for strange lighting, and the late afternoon sun on the bike trail was my inspiration here. This is the kind of image I like, but few other do. That’s probably why it fell by the wayside, it would stand NO CHANCE at Better Photo, where I was spending a lot of my energies last year.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Spring is on the way, but not quite here. My son and I went for our first excursion of the year, on the trail behind “The Airplane Park” this weekend. A nice little (emphasis on little) walk, but it’s still all quite brown. There were several big trees down since last fall, presumably from this winter’s ice storms.
We finally had some time, and a decent day, and pushed my son to learn to ride his bike w/o training wheels. We’d been working just a little each day, here on the street, and not getting very far. But last weekend, my wife had the brilliant idea to take him up to the wide open parking lot at the high school. He was hesitant, right up until I explained that both his sisters had learned to drive cars on that very lot. He was up and running pretty quickly, and is now pumped and raring to go!! Now we just need to replace his bike, which he got for his 4th birthday (just over 3 years ago)!
Monday, March 19, 2007
On a recent side trip along SR-40 through Ohio, I discovered this cool park in Englewood, not far from Dayton. There had been a lot of recent rain, and there was some significant flooding… This is just upstream of a flood-control dam that route 40 crosses…. This created a backed-up, but placid area. I tweaked the rotation, and decided (for some unexplainable reason) to leave the black edges.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
An “artsy” shot from last week's excursion to Charleston Falls Preserve, near Huber Heights, OH. The shutter speed was 1/6th second, to allow blurring of the water. Without my tripod, I had to brace the camera on some split-rail fence. I converted this to B&W in Photoshop Elements.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Despite it being in the high 30’s, overcast and nearing sunset, I braved the short walk from the parking lot, and found a VERY cool set of waterfalls. With my tripod safely back in the car, and light fading, I braced my camera against anything I could find (trees, rocks, fenceposts) and snapped away. Here’s what I got:
This is a gem of a place, only 10 minutes from the interstate. Sometime I’ll have to give it a proper explore!