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Red and Nature

delnor 017 Can you see the Red?  Does it get your attention and make you wonder what is going on?  Delnor Park in St Charles is an unbelievable place to see all of this in great peacefulness.  I know photographers who have made red their entire career.  I have not chased the color, just saw it and thought it was a a worthwhile endeavor to to capture it.  I really would like and have chased Cardinals.  That is a photo I would like for my collections. 

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Fox River Lighthouse

jprphotos_jgardens This white octagonal lighthouse sits  on the shore of the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois.  It was built by the Fabyan’s on their riverside estate approximately, 1905.  The Fox river today does not see any commercial traffic, just recreational vehicles and land tourists.  The light was built in defiance of what the state considered navigatable waters.  One could only imagine giant ships bringing goods up and down the river from town to town.  The Fox River Valley.

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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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Burnham Woods Elgin, Illinois

Burnham Woods Fall 2007 008 One of my favorite places in the world.  It is a small wonder but its peace and quiet is beyond all.   I have finally captured all of the seasons there and I am still working on Winter and fog.  Fog was almost done.  I went there on the foggiest of days but a sin occurred.  I did not bring a camera and so I missed the greatest shots.  I will continue to stalk there and of course the lesson learned again I will bring the camera.   I have a small one but I can only go there during my lunch hour before it gets dark during the winter so sometimes it is too much to bring it along.  I use a DMC  07 for my pocket camera and the photos are spectacular for such a small piece.  I do use a heavy tripod when I bring it along.  I had a small Velbron but it seems as though that is just to flimsy.  So I use the big one. 

I can not describe the peace it brings over me and when I am setting up shots I get so involved the afternoon is gone and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  There will certainly be more shot of this place.  I thought I saw a crane there once so you know I will be on the constant look out for it.

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