Wednesday, December 31, 2008

M47 Patton Medium Tank


M47 Patton Medium Tank, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

"The M47 Patton was the second tank of the Patton series, and one of the U.S Army's principal medium battle tanks of the Cold war with models in service from the early 1950s to the late 1980s. 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 M46 Patton tank." Wikipedia

"Used by 1st Division Troops during the occupation of Germany after WWII - main armament: 90mm gun - weight: 96000 pounds - crew: 5 - speed 30 MPH - range: 80 miles" - per informational plaque

At the Tank Park
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois cantigny.org

November 2008

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Exedra


Exedra, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

At Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois cantigny.org

This is the burial place for Robert McCormick and his wife Amy McCormick. Here's a photo of the information plaque (not mine)

Here are my pictures of the Exedra

In architecture, an exedra is a semicircular recess, often crowned by a half-dome, which is usually set into a building's facade. The original Greek sense (a seat out of doors) was applied to a room that opened onto a stoa, ringed with curved high-backed stone benches, a suitable place for a philosophical conversation. An exedra may also be expressed by a curved break in a colonnade, perhaps with a semi-circular seat.

The free-standing exedra, often originally supporting bronze portrait statues is a familiar type of Hellenistic structure, characteristically sites along sacred ways or in open places in sanctuaries such as at Delos or Epidauros; sometimes Hellenistic exedras were built in relation to a city's agora, as at Priene. Wikipedia

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Exedra


Exedra, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

At Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois cantigny.org

This is the burial place for Robert McCormick and his wife Amy McCormick. Here's a photo of the information plaque (not mine)

Here are my pictures of the Exedra

In architecture, an exedra is a semicircular recess, often crowned by a half-dome, which is usually set into a building's facade. The original Greek sense (a seat out of doors) was applied to a room that opened onto a stoa, ringed with curved high-backed stone benches, a suitable place for a philosophical conversation. An exedra may also be expressed by a curved break in a colonnade, perhaps with a semi-circular seat.

The free-standing exedra, often originally supporting bronze portrait statues is a familiar type of Hellenistic structure, characteristically sites along sacred ways or in open places in sanctuaries such as at Delos or Epidauros; sometimes Hellenistic exedras were built in relation to a city's agora, as at Priene. Wikipedia

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Cooper's Hawk Stops by for Christmas Dinner

When you operate the complex of bird feeders that Kate does, you also wind up with a hawk feeder as well. This Cooper's Hawk (it IS a Coop, by the way) comes by periodically in search of the occasional clueless Dark-eyed Junco. And he's not very good at it. We have a few tailless birds coming to the feeder.

Today he was patient enough to allow me to set up my tripod, the 500mm Sigma and snap off about 70 pictures. Amazingly, this was number 17 of the 70. The red stick is a problem, but I was shooting from a nice clean window with no screen so I didn't have any other POV's. But the window was clean enough that I didn't lose too much detail - some contrast though. I had to boost that pretty significantly in CaptureNX.

Another problem with bird photography in general, and I found it to be a problem here as well, is auto-focus. With all the branches and twigs in the field of view, it was tough to get the focus on his face. That's why I shot 70 shots. ;-)

I've also posted this big. Note that the noise, at 1600 ISO is pretty acceptable. In fact, until I sharpened, you really couldn't even SEE any noise. And I really like having all those extra D90 pixels to play with (this was shot in landscape mode...I lopped off the sides).

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008
Batavia, Illinois

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Think I need new windshield wipers

It's snowing again today. Gotta put on the "White Christmas" DVD tonight.

Batavia, Illinois
December 23, 2008

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Winter Rest Area


Winter Rest Area, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Along Route 42 and the shore of Lake Michigan, south of Algoma, Wisconsin

December 2008

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fourth Sunday of Advent


Fourth Sunday of Advent, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I had the opportunity to visit the Cantigny greenhouses on November 26, 2008 to photograph their Poinsettias. They have about 2000 that will be used for decorations and for community plant sales.

See the pictures from this event

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BNSF 8294 in Steward, Illinois

Kate and I took a little road trip out to Rochelle following the BNSF line from Aurora - November 2008

We weren't really looking for trains and then Kate said she heard a horn. And just then, the late afternoon sun came out.

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In the birding world, Zeiss binoculars are cool. Yellow ones aren't.

From the Christmas Bird Count on December 20, 2008 (Fermilab Circle)
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois cantigny.org

See all the 2008 Cantigny Christmas Count Pictures


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Friday, December 19, 2008

Amaryllis


Amaryllis, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Kate got one of these as a gift at work, and I thought it deserved some time at the Frazier Studio. I'll call this Amaryllis, but according to Wikipedia, Hippeastrum is also marketed as Amaryllis. No matter - nice flower. Please don't leave comments identifying this for me. I really don't care. And since Kate calls it Amaryllis, that's all I need to know. ;-)

Amaryllis or Hippeastrum

December 2008
Frazier Studio
Batavia, Illinois

Lighting information: Natural north light coming from camera right, silver reflector camera left

I usually don't post BIG versions of my pictures, but I wanted you all to enjoy the wonderfulness of a Nikon D90 and 12 megapixels! Actually, I did crop it on the right, so it's not the full effect.

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Poinsettia Triptych


Poinsettia Triptych, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I had the opportunity to visit the Cantigny greenhouses on November 26, 2008 to photograph their Poinsettias. They have about 2000 that will be used for decorations and for community plant sales.

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See the pictures from this event

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Winter Rest Area


Winter Rest Area, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Along Route 42 and the shore of Lake Michigan, south of Algoma, Wisconsin

December 2008

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Monday, December 15, 2008

It's too freakin' cold...here's some Spring

A pasque flower (or pasqueflower) is a deciduous perennial that is found in short clumps in meadows and prairies of North America and Eurasia. The genus Pulsatilla includes about 30 species, many of which are valued for their finely-dissected leaves, solitary bell-shaped flowers, and plumed seed heads. The anthers are bright yellow and the purple bell consists of sepals.

In its tallgrass prairie habitat, it is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring, often before the late winter snows have thawed.

This genus is sometimes included as part of genus Anemone as subgenus Pulsatilla, and is also commonly known as the prairie crocus, wind flower, Easter Flower and meadow anemone. The pasque flower is the official state flower of South Dakota and the provincial flower of Manitoba. It also grows in limestone pastures in central and northern Europe and parts of Russia, and locally in southern England from where the Pasque / Parsk / Pask family takes its name.

Pasque refers to Easter (Passover) as the flower blooms around that time of year.
Wikipedia


Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois cantigny.org
April 2008
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Third Sunday of Advent


Third Sunday of Advent, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I had the opportunity to visit the Cantigny greenhouses on November 26, 2008 to photograph their Poinsettias. They have about 2000 that will be used for decorations and for community plant sales.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

M60 Patton


M60 Patton, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

At the Tank Park
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois cantigny.org
December 2008

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Coming Over the Hill


Coming Over the Hill, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

At the Old Kirk Road crossing
Geneva, Illinois

March 2008

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Algoma, Wisconsin


Algoma, Wisconsin, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Heading south on Route 42 crossing the Ahnapee River
December 2008

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Second Sunday of Advent


Second Sunday of Advent, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I had the opportunity to visit the Cantigny greenhouses on November 26, 2008 to photograph their Poinsettias. They have about 2000 that will be used for decorations and for community plant sales.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Wikipedia

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Wikipedia

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Gate to the Forest


Gate to the Forest, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

Just south of the intersection of Hwy's 42 and 57 near Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin
December 2008

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Shipwrecked


Shipwrecked, originally uploaded by Jim Frazier.

I have no explanation. I was driving by and the yellow silo and the collapsed barn struck me as worthy of photographing.

Just north of Carlsville, Door County, Wisconsin
December 2008

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