Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mississippi River Bottomlands

A view from the old Chain Of Rocks Bridge, looking down into the woods below.  Probably 450 yds from the river bank.  Obviously, this has a lot of effects, but I kinda like it.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday #42089 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvenation" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite (or at least notable) images from those days.


Another borrowed moment from another business trip.  May 2005 trip to Columbus, OH, I managed a few hours to make the trip to Hocking Hills State Park.  An hour each way, but a really (really) great spot.  Expect to see a couple more photos from this trip on future Thursdays...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Open Valve


Just a little something, detail of a fire hydrant at St. Ellen Mine Park. Taken at lunch today, along with this one and this one.  In a close up kind of mood....

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday #42082 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvenation" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite (or at least notable) images from those days.


January 2003, during a business trip to Scottsdale, AZ.  I really liked this one back then, now it seems a touch busy...  Especially the branches coming in from the left.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bird House ...

Just a little something from a visit to the park this afternoon...  This is the green-space behind Schon Park in Glen Carbon.  Had a nice relaxing excursion w/ my son.  He suggested this subject, as well an another, posted at 365project.  He's developing a good eye.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday #42075 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvenation" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite (or at least notable) images from those days.


This is a real oldie, back in the days of my Kodak LS-443 camera.  Certainly before Fall 2004...  Another that I posted to BP a few times, hoping for recognition.  One version's still on the site, from Fall 2007.  But this is my preferred rendition, even though it was a time when I was experimenting with digital "matting"....

This is Silver Lake Park, a favorite place when I worked in Highland IL.  Taken during a lunch time when it was trying to rain


Monday, March 09, 2015

Saturday, March 07, 2015

March 1975 In Music

Continuing the "tradition" started last year, here's what was happening in music in March 1975.  At least some of what was happening, from my perspective.

 Notable Albums:


 Notable Singles:

Five songs topped the charts during the 5 weeks of March 1975:

  • Best Of My Love - Eagles.   The last of 3 singles from 1974's "On The Border" album, this was their first chart topper.
  • Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton John.  John's second chart topper in a row on the US charts, following "I Honestly Love You".  Also the first of 4 number ones that John Farrar wrote for her.
  • Black Water - Doobie Brothers.  The last of 3 singles from 1974's "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" album, this was their first chart topper.
  • My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli.  Frankie's first big US hit since the 60's, this started a nice resurgence, with 8x Top 40's and 3x number 1s over 4 years.
  • Lady Marmalade - Labelle. The only Top 40 hit for Patti Labelle between 1962's "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman" (which peaked at 15)  and her1986 hit "New Attitude" (which peaked at 17).

Friday, March 06, 2015

Footprints On The Water

So...  I had to drop my son at school this morning, a few minutes before dawn.  Since I was already up (and taking a day off work), I decided to pop by Watershed Nature Center.  Really cold, but cool.  And peaceful.

Lots of footprints out on the ice, I presume critters looking for food (or even water?).  The photo above was taken about 20 minutes after "official" sunrise, but before the sun's direct rays made it down into the depression.

Other images from the morning excursion here and here.

And a large version (Click):

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Throwback Thursday #42068 - BP Revisited

From sometime in 2002 through the early 2008, I was pretty active at BetterPhoto.com.   It was a fun site, it inspired my "rejuvenation" in photography, and I met a lot of cool people.  But, for me at least, it kind of ran its course.  Now, in the spirit of throwback, I figured to post some of my favorite (or at least notable) images from those days.


Another one that I really like, that didn't receive any recognition.  One of those rare occasions where I  was really quite pleased with the image.

Posted to BP in August 2007. Another moment discovered on a business trip, somewhere between Celina, OH and I-70...  I don't remember the exact location, but it's somewhere along the 50 miles (or so) of Rt-127.



Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Attack Of the Carnivorous Squirrels


I was hanging out at one of the local parks during lunch today, and noticed the squirrel munching on  a chicken bone.  At least I HOPE it was a chicken bone.  He (she?) was sitting on one of the trash receptacles, I'm guessing he's finishing somebody's KFC.  I was able to get quite close, as he was really digging his meal.

I never realized squirrels ate meat, but I guess it's just like any other rodent.  Meanwhile, I'll be keeping a closer watch on them.  After all they may be looking at me as a major feast!


Here's a larger version:

Sunday, March 01, 2015

In Like A Lion


March 1st, and we had 6-8 inches of snow overnight.  Supposed to be in the 50's by Tuesday, but back in single digits Wednesday.  Didn't I say I was bored with winter?



Larger version of the photo (Click):

365project - Week 8

Here's the weekly rundown of my posts at 365project.  We're into March, and I'm still hanging in with 1 photo taken per day.