Sunday, May 25, 2008

In Flanders fields the poppies blow...

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Here is a link to more information about this poem:
www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm

Oriental Poppy
Papaver orientale
Cantigny
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2007
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M1 Abrams


M1 Abrams, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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The M1 Abrams is a military tank produced in the United States. The M1 is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and commander of the 37th Armored Regiment.

It is a main battle tank, one well armed, heavily armored, and highly mobile offensive mainstay of modern armored ground warfare.[citation needed] Notable features of the M1 Abrams include the use of a powerful gas turbine engine, the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. It is one of the heaviest tanks in service, weighing in at close to 70 tons. - wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrams_tank

Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Freedom Isn't Free


Freedom Isn't Free, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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And thank you to everyone who pays the price.

Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008

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WWI Soldier


WWI Soldier, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008


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M60 Patton

M60 Patton.
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The M60 Patton was the fourth and last of the Patton series medium tanks of the U.S Army. The M60 served as the primary main battle tank of the Cold War, with models in service beginning in 1960 up through the 1990s. The newer model M60 was the U.S. Army's basic main battle tank stationed in Europe (Germany) and South Korea during the Cold War, while the older M48 Patton tanks were being deployed in Southeast Asia (Vietnam) from 1965 through 1975, by both the USMC and US Army. It was widely used by U.S. Cold War allies, especially other NATO countries. The tank belongs to the Patton family of tanks, named after General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Third Army during World War II and one of the earliest American advocates for the use of tanks in battle. It was a further development of the M48 Patton tank. - wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M60_Patton

Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008

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M551A1 Sheridan


M551A1 Sheridan, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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The M551 Sheridan was a light tank developed by the United States, named after Civil War General Philip Sheridan. It was designed to have both an air drop and swimming capability. It was armed with the MGM-51 Shillelagh gun-launched missile system. Production began in 1966, entering the US Army inventory in 1967. Under the urging of General Creighton Abrams, the US Commander of Military Forces in Vietnam at the time, the M551 was rushed into combat service in Vietnam in January 1969. Now retired from service, it saw extensive combat in Vietnam, and limited service in Operation Just Cause (Panama), and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Iraq). Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M551_Sheridan

Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008

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Headquarters


Headquarters, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008


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WWI Soldier


WWI Soldier, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008


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M-1911A1


M-1911A1, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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The M1911 is a single-action, semiautomatic handgun chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It was designed by John M. Browning, and was the standard-issue side arm for the United States armed forces from 1911 to 1985, and is still carried by some U.S. forces. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Its formal designation as of 1940 was Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 for the original Model of 1911 or Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911A1 for the M1911A1, adopted in 1924. The designation changed to Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1 in the Vietnam era. In total, the United States procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols during its service life.
Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol

Armed Forces Day
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
May 2008

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Chicory - Version II


Chicory - Version II, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I posted a version of this a while ago, but tripped across it going through some old pictures. Thought I'd tinker with it.
www.flickr.com/photos/jimfrazier/45046704/
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
September 2003
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Friday, May 16, 2008

Taillight


Taillight, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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Thanks to stchuck for suggesting this perspective.

stchuck and I took a Lincoln Highway trip out to Rochelle to pay homage to the Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois. www.flickr.com/groups/341023@N20/ I had some ideas about a sunset shot.

Rochelle, Illinois
May 2008

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Not a Rusty Hinge


Not a Rusty Hinge, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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stchuck and I took a Lincoln Highway trip out to Rochelle to pay homage to the Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois. www.flickr.com/groups/341023@N20/ I had some ideas about a sunset shot.

Rochelle, Illinois
May 2008

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois

stchuck and I took a Lincoln Highway trip out to Rochelle to pay homage to the Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois. www.flickr.com/groups/341023@N20/ I had some ideas about a sunset shot.

Rochelle, Illinois
May 2008

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Moon and Barn


Moon and Barn, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

stchuck and I took a Lincoln Highway trip out to Rochelle to pay homage to the Old Rusty Cadillac West of Rochelle, Illinois. www.flickr.com/groups/341023@N20/ I had some ideas about a sunset shot. While waiting, I took this one.

Rochelle, Illinois
May 2008

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Mayapples


Mayapples, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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And it's wallpaper!

Illinois has an annual spring bird count every year on the second saturday in May. And as usual, we did Fermilab. We didn't see as many birds as we would have liked, mostly because all of our best birders were absent. But it was still nice to get out and lift the binoculars.

Fermilab
Batavia, Illinois
May 10, 2007

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Gonna be a good year for Poison Ivy!

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Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve
www.dupageforest.com/PRESERVES/prattswayne.html
Wayne, Illinois
May 2008

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Many, Many Jeeps


Many, Many Jeeps, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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Batavia Loyalty Day Parade
May 2008
Batavia, Illinois

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Red Band


Red Band, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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I believe this is one of the middle schools in Batavia, but I don't know which one.

Batavia Loyalty Day Parade
May 2008
Batavia, Illinois

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Brass


Brass, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

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Batavia Loyalty Day Parade
May 2008
Batavia, Illinois

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

UP 4006 Eastbound


UP 4006 Eastbound, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

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I went to Wheaton today to get my driver's license renewed (with one day left to spare, I might add). After taking care of that, I wandered around shooting Metra and Union Pacific trains.

May 6, 2008
Wheaton, Illinois

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Metra 175 Eastbound into Chicago

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I went to Wheaton today to get my driver's license renewed (with one day left to spare, I might add). After taking care of that, I wandered around shooting Metra and Union Pacific trains.

May 6, 2008
Wheaton, Illinois

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Bluebells


Bluebells, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

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Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
May 2008


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Drawbridge


Drawbridge, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

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where Pinhook Road crosses Bayou Vermillion
bridgehunter.com/la/lafayette/32800040103171/
Lafayette, Louisiana
April 2008

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Batavia Bulldog


Batavia Bulldog, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

While driving to church today, we noticed that they were gearing up for the Batavia Loyalty Day Parade. We've lived in Batavia for 17 years and have never gone to the parade. And since I needed a picture-takin' fix, and it was a beautiful day, I thought I'd walk over to the route and have a look.

I shot 357 pictures (glad I have that 4 gig card), and this was the best. The Batavia Bulldogs Marching Band came around the corner from the marshaling area, and I just started snapping away at any kids who looked interesting.

I thing this girl saw me. I'm sure this look turned into a, "Who's that old geezer over there with the weird hat?" look a moment later, but at this point, it was the cutest smile I've seen in a while.

Batavia, Illinois
May 2008

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Dodging Thunderstorms


Dodging Thunderstorms, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

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There was a line of thunderstorms running from Illinois through Texas on Friday, 5/2/08 when I was heading home to Chicago. Our little American Eagle was elegantly dodging the storms as she flew from from Shreveport, Louisiana to DFW (Dallas) where I connected after a long delay to Chicago. Got home about 2am.

Here's the video www.flickr.com/photos/jimfrazier/2462122571/

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Redbud (Cercis canadensis)


Redbud (Cercis canadensis), originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Another picture in my continuing quest to get the perfect Redbud photograph.
Batavia, Illinois
May 2008
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