Sunday, September 30, 2007

Fall Begins


Fall Begins, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Downers Grove, Illinois
September 2007
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The Old Man and the Pump


The Old Man and the Pump, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Day 269
Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve
Warrenville, Illinois
September 30, 2007
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Brewster Creek Marsh


Brewster Creek Marsh, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Pratt's Wayne Forest Preserve
Wayne, Illinois
September 2007
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Yellow!


Yellow!, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Pratt's Wayne Forest Preserve
Wayne, Illinois
September 2007
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Aster October Skies


Aster October Skies, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

At the Fall Festival at The Growing Place nursery
Aurora, Illinois
September 2007
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I can never be a spy if I can't even hide behind this column

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
September 6, 2007
Day 245
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Vine and Trellis (BW)


Vine and Trellis (BW), originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

At the Fall Festival at The Growing Place nursery
Aurora, Illinois
September 2007
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Milkweed Pod


Milkweed Pod, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Pratt's Wayne Forest Preserve
Wayne, Illinois
September 2007
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UP 4214


UP 4214, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Rochelle Railroad Park
Rochelle, Illinois
July 2007
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Rebels Firing Cannon - ca. 1776

[This picture is already on this blog, but I've reposted it because Cantigny used it in their fall brochure...so I'm bragging.]

I visited a Revolutionary War reenactment this weekend at Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois. I found myself there just in time for the first battle of the day. This crew was close enough and firing often enough that I could set up this picture.

Eventually they were in a position with a relatively clean background (no cars in a parking lot). And I had watched them enough that I could predict when to start firing (my camera). I set it to continuous mode and started shooting when the guy with the fuse went into firing position. After about three cannon shots, I got a picture with flame coming out of the barrel. Yes!

For the heck of it, I also used Paintshop Pro to age the picture. See the next photo in my photostream.
October 2005
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Monday, September 17, 2007

Reeves Way, North Braddock (BW)

My Dad grew up in Pittsburgh, and North Braddock is my Dad's old neighborhood. They flew me into Pittsburgh early on Sunday so I had some time to visit. This is a very run-down part of Pittsburgh. It was a poor when my Dad lived there and it's still poor. But when I told him that I was going to visit and take pictures, he was thrilled. The prints aren't much....just a few shots of streets and houses. But I expect it'll give my Dad a charge to see 'em.

Note the brick pavement.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
September 2007
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Railfan in Vestibule


Railfan in Vestibule, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

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From Chicago Steam Engine Visit set.
Franklin Park, Illinois
September 2007
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Florida Gulf Coast Sunset


Florida Gulf Coast Sunset, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Driving to Sarasota from Fort Lauderdale
August 2007
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Prickly Pod


Prickly Pod, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
September 2007
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It was really humid


It was really humid, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

View from my room at the Courtyard Hotel
Orlando, Florida
August 2007
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Friday, September 7, 2007

CPR 2816 Westbound in Franklin Park, Illinois

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From Chicago Steam Engine Visit set.
Franklin Park, Illinois
September 2007
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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Chippewa Spring Water


Chippewa Spring Water, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

It may be litter, but it was standing up and kinda purty.
From Chicago Steam Engine Visit set.
Sturtevant, Wisconsin
September 2007
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CPR 8625 Slowly Southbound


CPR 8625 Slowly Southbound, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

From Chicago Steam Engine Visit set.
Sturtevant, Wisconsin
September 2007
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

American Mountain Ash


American Mountain Ash, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Sorbus americana
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
August 2007
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BNSF 5501 leads five with CSX 5501 bring up the rear

From Chicago Steam Engine Visit set.
Franklin Park, Illinois
September 2007
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Sunday, September 2, 2007

CEFX 128 Southbound in Deerfield, Illinois

Having gotten disappointing photos of the steam engine yesterday (all of the shots I could take were with the locomotive coming OUT of the sun), I wanted to take some more shots on Sunday with better lighting. So I went up to the Metra station in Deerfield, Illinois. Thinking I had gotten there early, I strolled up to the platform planning to take some pictures of the historic station while waiting. But as I was chatting with another railfan, we looked north and saw the smoke coming from what could only be a steam engine. It was at least 30 minutes early. Luckily, I had enough time and thought to bring my camera on this scouting expedition. I'm much happier with this picture than yesterday's.
The Deerfield station is on the National Register of Historic Places
September 2007
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From Chicago Steam Engine Visit set.

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Run-By


Run-By, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Kate and I took a train to Sturtevant, Wisconsin behind CPR 2816 steam engine.
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Sturtevant, Wisconsin
September 2007
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Haunted Birdhouse


Haunted Birdhouse, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Kate and I took a train to Sturtevant, Wisconsin behind CPR 2816 steam engine.
Sturtevant, Wisconsin
September 2007
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