Saturday, June 30, 2007

UP 3018 and 2994 Eastbound


UP 3018 and 2994 Eastbound, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Rochelle Railroad Park
Rochelle, Ilinois
April 2007
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"This is OUR food…you better not come any closer…I'm watchin' you."

These cats were clustered around a big plate of food next to a restaurant. Kate was nervous that a fight was about to start. I just wanted to photograph a real cat fight! But hunger called, and I dragged Kate into the restaurant for OUR dinner without seeing the resolution of this stare-down. We each got our own food, so we didn't fight over it.
Bishop Hill, Illinois
June 2007
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Friday, June 29, 2007

International Red


International Red, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

by the Colony Residence, built 1855
In the historic district on the National Register of Historic Places
Bishop Hill, Illinois
June 2007
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Kate's clematis on our deck


Kate's clematis on our deck, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

This is our view out the back these days. It gets bigger every year.
Batavia, Illinois
June 2007
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UP 9042 Westbound East of Franklin Grove, Illinois

Along the Lincoln Highway
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Highway www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/
April 2007
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Original Lincoln Highway Marker

Along the Lincoln Highway
"The last major promotional activity of the original Lincoln Highway Association took place on September 1, 1928, when at 1:00 p.m. groups of Boy Scouts placed approximately 3,000 concrete markers at sites along the route to officially mark and dedicate it to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. The markers were placed on the outer edge of the right of way at major and minor crossroads, and at reassuring intervals along uninterrupted segments. Each sign carried the Lincoln Highway insignia and directional arrow, and a bronze medallion stating 'This Highway Dedicated to Abraham Lincoln'" from Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Highway www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/
Franklin Grove, Illinois
April 2007
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I can do THIS!


I can do THIS!, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

I can alternately raise and lower my eyebrows. Watch the video…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vykxEYN4x1A
Pretty cool, huh.
David Letterman, I'm waiting for your call.
Batavia, Illinois
June 22, 2007
dDay 173
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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Smelly Train


Smelly Train, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

BNSF 6324 switches a very odoriferous train. The train came out of the yard, pulled up to the Amtrak station, stopped, and then reversed. This train smelled pretty bad. My guess was that it was carrying garbage (the bins looked like garbage containers) from New York (the bins had NYC painted on the side).
Amtrak Station
Galesburg Railroad Days
Galesburg, Illinois
June 2007
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Friday, June 22, 2007

Yellow Pepper


Yellow Pepper, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

from the Stoplight Peppers Project
Batavia, Illinois
May 2007
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LDS Temple


LDS Temple, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

This is a reconstruction (not original) of the second Mormon temple. It was built recently and dedicated in 2002. The exterior is intended to look like the original temple built in 1846 but later destroyed by arson, tornado and time. www.ldschurchtemples.com/nauvoo/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nauvoo_Temple
Nauvoo, Illinois
April 2007
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Black Raspberries / Blackcaps 2

In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
June 2007
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Yellow Indigo


Yellow Indigo, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Baptista tinctoria
In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
June 2007
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BNSF 1076 Westbound


BNSF 1076 Westbound, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Rochelle Railroad Park
Rochelle, Ilinois
April 2007
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Zipper


Zipper, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Windy City Amusements at Swedish Days
Geneva, Illinois
June 2007
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Thriller 1


Thriller 1, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Windy City Amusements at Swedish Days
Geneva, Illinois
June 2007
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Zipper 3


Zipper 3, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Windy City Amusements at Swedish Days
Geneva, Illinois
June 2007
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Thriller 2


Thriller 2, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Windy City Amusements at Swedish Days
Geneva, Illinois
June 2007
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Zipper 4


Zipper 4, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Windy City Amusements at Swedish Days
Geneva, Illinois
June 2007
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Rusty Bolt (or alternately...) Screwed

On the 1920 bridge
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Highway www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/
Franklin Grove, Illinois
April 2007
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Meeting at the Diamonds


Meeting at the Diamonds, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

UP 4214 heads westbound while the eastbound waits.
Rochell Railroad Park
Rochelle, Ilinois
June 2007
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Ashy Hydrangea


Ashy Hydrangea, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Hydrangea cinerea
In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
June 2007
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OK, a couple more Cicadas - but this is it!

In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
June 2007
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OK, a couple more Cicadas - but this is it!

In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
June 2007
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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Conrail 6703


Conrail 6703, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

SD60 (I know this because it's printed on the side of the locomotive)
Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark (on the National Register of Historic Places)
www.railroadcity.com/hc/index.php
Altoona, Pennsylvania
June 2007
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Coupler


Coupler, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

From the GP-9 7048 on static display
Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark (on the National Register of Historic Places)
www.railroadcity.com/hc/index.php
Altoona, Pennsylvania
June 2007
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Horseshoe Curve


Horseshoe Curve, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

I was in Pennsylvania this week and did a seminar in Altoona on Thursday. Afterwards, I visited the world famous railroad landmark just west of town. VERY cool. This is a panorama of about seven images (which came out pretty well, actually). That's one train on both sides of the valley and it was going behind me as I took the picture. You'll typically see trains wrapped around the whole valley.

"Horseshoe Curve is a famous railroad curve in central Pennsylvania in the United States (it is a horseshoe curve). It was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and later used by the Penn Central, then Conrail, and currently Norfolk Southern Railway. It is located in Kittanning Gap at the summit of the Allegheny Front, approximately 5 miles (8 km) west of Altoona. The bend is a tight arc of approximately 220 degrees. It comprises two separate curves; on the north side, the radius measures 637 ft (194 m), tightening to 609 ft (186 m) on the south side. The curve was built in response to the difficulty of constructing a railroad through the summit of the Allegheny Mountains. It was designed by J. Edgar Thomson and opened on February 15, 1854. It was such an important location, that it was guarded by Union soldiers during the American Civil War and a number of additional conflicts.

"The curve has been in nearly continuous operation since 1854. Originally comprising two tracks, it was widened to four tracks in 1898–1900. Conrail removed one of the tracks in 1981 and the Curve remains in this three-track configuration. It has long been a popular tourist attraction, visitable via a funicular railway running to a small park built by the PRR in 1879 at the summit of the ridge.

"The curve's importance to railroad traffic in America was such that the Nazis planned to attack it during World War II.[2] The curve was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and is now a part of the National Register of Historic Places."
from Wikipedia
On the National Register of Historic Landmarks
June 2007
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www.railroadcity.com/hc/index.php

Blogged to CoolTrainPix.com

Redbud and Fence


Redbud and Fence, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Along the Lincoln Highway near Sterling, Illinois
Meet Up and Road Trip
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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Canada


Canada, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

While leading a birding field trip for the DuPage Birding Club, a train slowed to a stop on this east west line near the trail. As we were walking down the path, I noticed that the framing for the red car, with the green leaves and blue sky, might be interesting. The picture isn't what I had hoped for, but it's not bad.
Pratt's Wayne Forest Preserve
Wayne, Illinois
June 2007
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St. Louis Skyline from the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

The water intake for the St. Louis waterworks is in the foreground.
Mississippi River
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_of_Rocks_Bridge
St. Louis, Missouri
April 2007
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Who's ready for a dip?


Who's ready for a dip?, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

On a garden walk
Lake Forest, Illinois
July 2006
Obviously paintshopped
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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Have you seen enough Cicadas by now?

The most noise I've heard yet was at the Arb on Sunday. Not deafening, but pretty loud.
In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
June 2007
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"I'm not dead yet!"


"I'm not dead yet!", originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Sirchuckles "dug up" a coffin and the four of us (me, my wife, Lynnieb and sirchuckles) had some macabre fun with it today. Almost every picture involved "artistic" ideas from everybody.
Elsen's Hill Forst Preserve
West Chicago, Illinois
June 2007
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Sunday, June 3, 2007

This Space Available


This Space Available, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Sirchuckles "dug up" a coffin and the four of us (me, my wife, Lynnieb and sirchuckles) had some macabre fun with it today. Almost every picture involved "artistic" ideas from everybody.
Elsen's Hill Forst Preserve
West Chicago, Illinois
June 2007
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Wild Strawberry


Wild Strawberry, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
June 2007
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ICE 4204 Switching in Kirkland, Illinois

Iowa, Chicago and Eastern
June 2007
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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Ohio Buckeye


Ohio Buckeye, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Aesculus glabra
In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
May 2007
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Mountain Ash


Mountain Ash, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
May 2007
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Lots of Jims in Rochelle


Lots of Jims in Rochelle, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Rochelle Railroad Park
Rochelle, Ilinois
Along the Lincoln Highway
April 2007
Made with the kind assistance of Sirchuckles and the Union Pacific Railroad
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"You've got to think outside of the box."

Don't you hate it when they say that?
Day 152
This is another one of those pictures that will eventually find its way into my seminars.
June 1, 2007
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Welcome to Alton, Illinois


Welcome to Alton, Illinois, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Past this elevator, the spectacular part of the Great River Road really begins and continues north to Grafton, Illinois. This structure has been there for a LONG time...and I always remember it as the gateway to the River Road.
April 2007
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Friday, June 1, 2007

Red Baneberry


Red Baneberry, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Actaea rubra
In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
May 2007
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Pitch Pine


Pitch Pine, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
May 2007
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I finally found a 17 Year Cicada

And I had to go to the Arb to find em. And even there, it wasn't like a plague or anything.
In the Appalachia Collection
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
May 2007
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