Monthly Archives: April 2008

Deer Grove West, Palatine, Illinois

Deer_Grove_East During the Mid 70’s and Early 80’s this location was in its’ prime.  It was even a shot in the 1980 movie “Ordinary People” a fall scene over the bridge.  Such a beautiful spot.  I have not been there for a while and I am almost sad I went back.  The place is devastated.  As noted by this link you will see why the area needs a massive amount of re-foresteration.  

http://chicagowildernessmag.org/issues/winter1999/IWdeergrove.html

There is a volunteer group working on this and they are to be commended.  There link is here http://deergrove.freehostia.com/  I still hope to photograph the area.  I want to document as much of this as possible.  Especially the part of what happens when things go wrong.  These are sacred lands and left to decay there will be nothing for our grandchildren to see.  Maybe in my lifetime it will return to its’ great majesty.  This is only the first photograph as I begin this project during the coming months. 

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Burnidge Paul Wolff Elgin, Illinois

Burnham Woods Snow 024

The last of the winter scenes for now.  I have been so busy that I have not had time to keep up.  This was taken at a time when the Midwest was to be in spring and yet the snow raged on.  The track in the snow are unknown to me whether by animal or person.  Burnidge is a place where both live peacefully side by side.  I have included this link http://www.kaneforest.com/fp/burnidge_paulwolff.asp so you can learn more about the place.  It is out there alone but surrounded by many homes on two side and to the North more homes and yet when there you are alone, well almost alone, the eyes of the birds and deer are forever watching and communicating about you with each other.  Take a look as we move into the end of spring and then to the warm months of summer, my least favorite season of the year.

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Deer Grove East

My new project is in Palatine.  After a year in Burnidge Woods in Elgin, I am moving on to someplace different.  This is the very first shot.  You must look very closely.  I was walking along and something caught my eye.  I looked around and could not find it at first and thenBird in a Tree I saw it square on.   It was looking me right in the eyes deifying me to find it.   I saw it and he knew it but he was a perfect match to the surroundings.  I have never seen nature blend an animal so perfectly into the background of life,  I was Ill this day but the sight of this made me perk up and by the time I was done photographing I had completely forgot that I was sick.  I felt better and the clean air just worked my mind.  The bird made me think of how most of us are; just insignificant in the things around us.  We think we are something; but in fact we just blend in.  After death how long does it take for everyone who knew us to die and our artifacts to decay.  Then who says our name.  Very few people have the luxury of having their names remembered or even mentioned past 20 years or so.  Now of course we can save electronic files and they can be viewed at some point in time.  Someone has to know they are there and request them. 

The bird was taken with my little “walking camera” a DMC FX07 Panasonic 1/200 at F5.3.  I bought it just for this occasion.  Small lightweight and a powerful Leica lens.  It does not do everything but it is one heck of a camera.  I love that camera.  I can not seem to keep my hands off of cameras in general.  

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