Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Long Hunters II

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Revolutionary War Reenactment
Northwest Territory Alliance Grand Encampment
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
September 7, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019

Cabin in the Woods

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Between Ellison Bay and Gills Rock
Door County, Wisconsin
October 3, 2019

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Island Park Reflections

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Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk
Geneva, Illinois 41.884717, -88.302275
October 5, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Window and Pews

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St. Mark's Church
Built in 1868
Geneva, Illinois 41.884795, -88.309750
September 5, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Danger in the Studio, with Santa

I was shooting some portraits yesterday (private - the pictures will not be posted) and I took this test shot just to make sure the Pocketwizards and lights were working.  I would have deleted the image, but I noticed that my orange cones were in the picture.  It occurred to me there was a story here, as well as a tip for other photographers if they want to be extra safe.

For the last several years, I've been taking pictures at a "brunch with Santa" event. Normally, Santa and I are off in a corner and out of the way. But there was always a risk of excited kids tripping over the legs of light stands, cords, etc.  I cringed when I thought of my AlienBees 1600 falling from over 10 feet up.  I just tried to secure the stuff and keep it out of the way as much as possible. 

A couple of years ago, we found ourselves in a different venue that was, essentially, a hallway. It wasn't frequently used, but people did walk through the set occasionally.  And of course, the only outlet I could use required the cords to be in the path.  And, of course, there were light stands as well. I could easily foresee people tripping and AlienBees falling from the sky. 

I asked the janitor if he had any of those "wet floor" warning cones. He delivered. I don't know if it worked, but at least no one tripped over the various obstacles that I had placed in their way. I decided, on the spot, to buy a couple of cones for future use.  During a break in the action, I used my trusty Amazon app, but they were kind of expensive.  On the other hand, Amazon recommended the smaller soccer cones for a LOT less money - I bought 'em on the spot.

Since then, I have placed them liberally around light stands and wires.  Again, I don't know if they work, but I've had no tripping accidents.

Last Christmas, one of the kids waiting to visit Santa snottily walked right through the set and kicked over a couple of the cones...and kept kicking one all across the room. And Santa was right there!!!

Santa made it clear to the kid that he was a bad boy.  He made him put the cones back where they were and apologize. So some kid probably got a crapload of coal in his stocking. I know this because, when we talked about it later, Santa was still pretty pissed and was furiously scribbling in his naughty list.

So that was nice.

Here's the tip.  In a previous life, I found myself, quite by accident (see what I did there), as the de facto safety director for a small manufacturing plant. So I became a little bit more attuned to safety issues than the normal guy. I'm pretty sure very few photographers get busted by OSHA, but I'm willing to bet that, if they ever did visit, they'd want to see orange cones around light stands and cords. So be safe and impress your associates with how much you care about their safety! Buy yourself some orange soccer cones and sprinkle them liberally around the set.

Santa will be happy too.

Geneva, Illinois
September 25, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

I don't want to say it's aliens. But it's aliens.

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Upper Display Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41°51'20.127" N 88°9'19.072" W
September 8, 2019

Tea for Two

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Revolutionary War Reenactment
Northwest Territory Alliance Grand Encampment
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.853200, -88.161061
September 7, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lean on Me

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Revolutionary War Reenactment
Northwest Territory Alliance Grand Encampment
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.853200, -88.161061
September 2019

1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Super 500 Convertible

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Concours de Elegance
Geneva, Illinois 41.885313, -88.308520
August 25, 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

Dr. Franklin Mansplains and Manspreads at the Same Time

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Revolutionary War Reenactment, Northwest Territory Alliance Grand Encampment
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois 41.853200, -88.161061
September 7, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A Private Moment

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Aboard the "New Jersey"
Part of the fleet for the Cape May - Lewes Ferry
Somewhere in the Delaware Bay near Lewes, Delaware 38.829638, -75.087541
October 2006

Monday, September 9, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Rudbeckia


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Lower Display Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.855619, -88.154970
August 14, 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Garden Lighthouses

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Upper Bur Oak Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.855308, -88.155576
July 23, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

Cantigny Park First Division Museum Historical Vehicle Fleet

 These vehicles were on display at the Military Vehicle Preservation Association show at Cantigny Park on August 20, 2019.  Details about each vehicle below.  To see a bigger image, click on the picture.


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 M3A1 White Scout Car- ‘Beverly’
https://www.fdmuseum.org/exhibit/m31a-scout-car/



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 GMC CCKW 2 1/2 ton Truck- ‘Crazy Horse’
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1918 Standardized Class-B Military Truck- ‘Nancy’
www.fdmuseum.org/exhibit/liberty-truck/


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M38 1/4-ton 4×4 Truck – 'Grace'
https://www.fdmuseum.org/exhibit/m38-14-ton-4x4-utility-truck/

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Kelvin Floodlight

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Dahlia 'Kelvin Floodlight'
Upper Terrace Garden
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.855306, -88.155625
July 23, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Dahlia on a Stick

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Dahlia 'Karma Choc' / Upper Bur Oak Garden / Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois 41.855505, -88.155187
July 23, 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

Container on the Terraces

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Terraces east of the McCormick Mansion
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois  41.855827, -88.152675
August 1, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Summer in the Lower Bur Oak Garden

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Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

July 12, 2019

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Blazing Star

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(not to be confused with "Blazing Saddle")

liatris Spicata 'Alba'

Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.855175, -88.155419

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July 12, 2019

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

"You're taking ANOTHER picture???" (redux)



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I surprised Pewee.  She really doesn't like her picture being taken.  But she was so absorbed in the chipmunks that she didn't realize I was sneaking up behind her. 
May, 2004
Batavia, Illinois
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Pewee was Ansel's predecessor.  She and Phoebe were my favorite of Kate's cats.  They didn't care about me in the slightest.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Metra 178 Westbound


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Wheaton, Illinois 41.864455, -88.109429

June 28, 2019

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Kayaking along the Chicago River


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Chicago, Illinois 41.885631, -87.637399

June 8, 2019

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Dahlia


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Dalaya yellow + Red Eye

World Famous Frazier Studio
Elgin, Illinois

July 5, 2019

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day!!!


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Hamilton's Own
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5th_Field_Artillery_Regiment_%28Uni...
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Revolutionary War Reenactment
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois

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September 7-8 2013

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Grumman A-6 Intruder (redux)


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The Grumman A-6 Intruder is an American, twinjet all-weather attack aircraft built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the United States Navy and Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed as an all-weather medium attack aircraft to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider.
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Museum of Flight
Seattle, Washington 47.517215, -122.296308

www.museumofflight.org/


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April 16, 2004

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Verticals


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Riverwalk
Chicago, Illinois 41.886112, -87.637126

June 8, 2019

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Electric Neon Pink


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Electric Neon
Bee Balm
Monarda x 'Elecric Neon Pink' PPAF

Platt Hill Nursery
Carpentersville, Illinois 42.127108, -88.336800

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June 7, 2019

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Pergola, Mansion and Rose Garden


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Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.854196, -88.152630

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March 26, 2019

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Overhang


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Visitor Center area - looking east
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois 41.854501, -88.155777

3/26/2019

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Yellow-crowned Night Heron II


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Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Sanibel Island, Florida
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January 19, 2019

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Union Pacific 8153 Westbound


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Metra Station
Geneva, Illinois  41.881447, -88.312103

June 18, 2019

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