Monday, December 26, 2011

Gomphrena 'Fireworks'

Gomphrena 'Fireworks'

Kate has a major planting of these that are still blooming. They're right by the driveway, so they're in my face every day. Since there's a possibility of frost tonight, I figured I'd better take a picture while they still look good. Here ya go.

Batavia, Illinois
October 20, 2011

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Friday, December 23, 2011

They did a great job of flocking this Christmas Tree

They did a great job of flocking this Christmas Tree

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Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
December 19, 2009

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Greenhouse of Poinsettias

Greenhouse of Poinsettias

I had the opportunity to visit the Cantigny greenhouses on November 26, 2008 to photograph their Poinsettias. They have about 2000 that will be used for decorations and for community plant sales.

See the pictures from this event

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

A Snowy Owl was being seen in northern Illinois between Shannon and Forreston, Illinois. Kate and I don't usually chase anymore, but this one was being seen so reliably, we decided to give it a shot. Plus I'd never photographed a snowy before. After a couple of hours of road trip, we finally arrived at the destination.

I was expecting to have to drive around until we found it, but instead this guy was sitting right on one of the poles by the side of the road. I found a slightly wide spot to park the van, frantically put on my 500mm lens, and hopped out of the car. I started shooting, walking closer, shooting, walking closer until I was about as close as possible without getting underneath the bird. He scanned the field and every once in a while cast me a look, then went back to checking out the field.

Compared to other shots I've seen of this bird, it's not great. No blue sky, no action. But, frankly, ya just don't get that many chances to take an almost full-frame shot of a Snowy Owl. So I'm OK with it.

February 6, 2011

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Monday, December 5, 2011

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Kate has this container in her garden that I keep threatening to photograph. Finally, I saw just the right scene.

Kate's Garden
Batavia, Illinois

November 14, 2011

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Got Enough Mums?

Got Enough Mums?

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois

October 22, 2011

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Cantigny Muuummmmmmsssss I

Cantigny Muuummmmmmsssss I

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois

October 22, 2011

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Autumn Blaze Freeman's Maple

Autumn Blaze Freeman's Maple

Autumn Blaze Freeman's Maple
Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze'

Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
October 2009

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Moon over Bridalveil Falls at Yosemite

Moon over Bridalveil Falls at Yosemite

Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, California
July 2005
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Pottawatomie Park Pavilion

Pottawatomie Park Pavilion

St. Charles, Illinois
October 2008

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Yellow Leaf / Blue Sky

Yellow Leaf / Blue Sky

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois

November 5, 2009

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

In the parking lot

In the Parking Lot...

at Kline Creek Farm in  West Chicago, Illinois
November 2008

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Maple

The Maple

St. James Farm
www.dupageforest.com/Conservation/ForestPreserves/St__Jam...
near sunset on October 9, 2011

Warrenville, Illinois

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Piper Palm House and Lily Ponds

Piper Palm House and Lily Ponds

Tower Grove Park
St. Louis, Missouri
October 2, 2011

Tower Grove Park is on the National Register of Historic Places.

www.towergrovepark.org/
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stoplight Peppers

Stoplight Peppers

Batavia, Illinois
May 2007
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Another Sunflower

Another Sunflower

In the Frazier Studio
Batavia, Illinois
August, 7, 2011

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More from this session

Monday, July 25, 2011

Eastern Stairs

Eastern Stairs

The inspiration for this picture is one that is on display for the photo contest at Cantigny's visitor center.  I thought I'd try a different approach, but as I worked on this, I found I needed a MUCH different approach. 

McCormick Mansion
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
October 24, 2009
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dianthus 'Green Ball'

You can't get this flower 1

You can't get this flower 2

July 2011
Frazier Studio
Batavia, Illinois

Kate brings home a lot of interesting plants from work.  This one is a cut flower that has VERY limited availability in the US.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lone Tree

Lone Tree

Monument Valley Tribal Park
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_Valley
www.navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm
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Arizona
November 2007

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover

Petalostemum purpureum or Dalea purpurea
Kate's Garden
Batavia, Illinois
June 2007
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Waiting for a Train

Waiting for a Train

Actually, I was waiting for a train. The goldfinch was just hanging out. Didn't want there to be any confusion.

Trempeauleau, Wisconsin
July 2, 2011

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Crowded Path

Crowded Path

Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois on Wednesday, October 21, 2009.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Tulip in Black and White

Tulip in Black and White

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
May 8, 2008

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pergola

Pergola

Children's Garden
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
October 2006
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ice Fountain

Ice Fountain

In the Rose Garden at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
June 26, 2011
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Planter and Mansion

Planter and Mansion

Robert R. McCormick Museum

West Suburban Chicago Flickrers had a meetup on 5/24/09 at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Illinois.

Robert R. McCormick Museum

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pea On Knee

Pea On Knee

Part of The Peas Project
Kate's Garden
Batavia, Illinois
June 2011

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow

At least that's what I think it is.

From my photography class - we spent some time on this composition. I was talking about dealing with distracting backgrounds. We framed it so that the utility poles were out of the picture on the left, and the poles on the right were obscured by the hanging branches. And by going vertical, a whole bunch of other junk disappeared.

Unusually for me, no post processing crop in this picture (I ALWAYS crop).

Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, Illinois
November 20, 2010

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blue Flag

Blue Flag

along the Riverwalk
Fox River
Batavia, Illinois
June 2009

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Houston, Minnesota
March 6, 2011

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Idea Garden



Idea Garden
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
August 2009

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Cicada

OK, a couple more Cicadas - but this is it!

In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
June 2007
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine Unit) Wildlife Drive in the Brigantine unit
April 26, 2009
Oceanville, NJ

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ptilotus

Ptilotus

This is what my wife said. If you're going to disagree, be prepared to fight with my wife. You'll lose - even if you're right. ;-)

Along the Riverwalk in Batavia, Illinois
September 2009

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Daisy Fleabane

Daisy Fleabane

In the prairie restoration at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
June 2009

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Purple Prairie Clover at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Purple Prairie Clover at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Trempealeau, Wisconsin
June 2006
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Field of Susans

A Field of Susans

This is at Peck Farm Park in Geneva, Illinois. There have to be several acres of Black-eyed Susans. A woman walking her dog told me that the park had planted these. It sounds like this is the first step in a prairie restoration, but I'm only guessing.

June 30, 2010

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Garden Photography Tip Sheet

I've written an article on Garden Photography which you may find helpful.

Bullfrog

Bullfrog

Bullfrog at Pratt's Wayne Forest Preserve in Wayne, Illinois
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June 2005

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Where there is sadness joy

Where there is sadness joy

This statue of St. Francis is in the cemetery where my Mom is. Every time we visit, I just marvel at the statue and how utterly delightful it is, particularly in the setting (it's a nice cemetery). I always leave feeling pretty good. Since I've gotten into photography, I finally have a way of "embracing" this statue in a more satisfying way. It's at the SS Peter and Paul Cemetery in Naperville, Illinois. The artist's name is engraved on the side, but it's virtually unreadable - I'm guessing it's FC Gaylord. He or she certainly deserves credit for a wonderful sculpture. Also to the Wood family who commissioned it.

September 2005
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Petal Under Glass

Petal Under Glass

My car is parked underneath this crabapple tree. I was inspired by the petals stuck to the car windows. So I spent some time today with camera, macro lens, flashes, diffusers, clamps, microscope slides and bowls of water.

Frazier Studio
May 14, 2011

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Red Peppers

Red Peppers

Found at a farmers market on the near north side of Chicago
August 2004
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Baby Bur Oak

Baby Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois

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May 8, 2011

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Cathedral Valley

Cathedral Valley

Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bee on Butterfly Weed

Bee on Butterfly Weed

Asclepias 'Silky Road'
By the Idea Garden at the Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois August 2008

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Door County Cherries

Door County Cherries

I had been wanting to photograph cherries all the while we were in the county. I wanted a graphic for my slides of "low hanging fruit". I finally found a nice orchard right by the road. Kate said that many of the cars passing by seemed fascinating by my photographic expedition. We tried to buy some pie cherries at the farm stands, but they weren't quite ready. So we bought a pie. Hmmmmmm.
Door County, Wisconsin
July 2006
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

From a visit to the Prairie Restoration and Bed 24 of the Idea Garden at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois July 2008
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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Florida Gulf Coast Sunset

Florida Gulf Coast Sunset

Driving to Sarasota from Fort Lauderdale
August 2007
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