Sunday, December 31, 2006
I hope you enjoy the look back, and feel free to go to the Best of 2006 set and comment if you think I should have selected something else!
Saturday, December 30, 2006
One of the best parts of living in the Midwest is seeing all the prairie land come to life in the spring and summer. Between the various and multiple flowers blooming, one after the other, and the butterflies and birds coming to feed, no two days are the same. More prairie shots can be found in a set at Flickr.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I love the optimism of the sign contrasted with the grittiness of the industrial area behind it.
But heckling their hometown bothers my parents (and rightly so, because it is a nice little town, really!) so here is a second PotD of the bridge that spans the Connecticut River between their town and Middletown.
There are more photos in the Connecticut River Bridge set on Flickr.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
I took yesterday off from the PotD, but today was a struggle too to find the right picture; most of what I have been shooting the past few days have been personal family photos, not suitable for public viewing.
This was taken from my parents' back porch, overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. I like that it includes both nighttime and the very end of the daylight.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
More photos are available at Flickr in the El Train set.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Down the main street in my town, they go all out with the decorations at Christmastime. It's such a cheery sight when you turn the corner onto the street at night and suddenly it's ablaze with light.
I've also added a few more shots to Flickr of the Thanksgiving parade in Detroit and some other Christmas lights around the Chicago area. I'm planning on going to a couple of special holiday displays tonight so hopefully I will have some good shots from there to post tomorrow. Cross your fingers!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
There are more African Daisies and other spring flowers newly uploaded on the Flickr account.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Notice how the ivy on the smaller building is a rough match to the shade on the larger building. Makes you understand how the ivy was able to grow as thickly as it has, doesn't it?
You may also notice I am posting this with a picture stored at Flickr. I have opened an account there, and you can click over to see all the photos I've posted online. I've arranged them into various sets and series so you don't have to plow through random pictures in no order. I will be adding more there as time goes on, and all my pictures posted here will also be posted there from now on. Enjoy browsing through them!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
In the autumn and winter months, the position of the sun in the sky means that light has to fight to make its way between the high and close skyscrapers of downtown. This leaves the streets darker than the time of day would suggest, but it also allows for moments when the light hits something unexpected and illuminates it in a startling way. I love how the trees almost look like lighted matches because of this.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Taken up in McHenry County, summer 2006. Just a hour outside of Chicago, this is serious farm country. Great corn in the area, too.
Taken on a hike in Natchez Trace State Park, Tennessee, October 2006. I swear we did not pose this shot! Heh.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Posing at sunset.
A rare lonely moment in the early morning.
Two sets of tourists having fun with their reflections.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Beardtongue, early June 2006. Chicago Botanic Garden. I love the secrecy inherent in this flower; it grows very low to the ground, so to passersby all that can be seen is the white "dust" on top. It wasn't until I leaned down to look at it at eye-level that I could see the sweet little blooms along the rim. (Click to see the details more clearly.)
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Taken at Volo Bog, November 1st, 8:15am. This is a full-color version, not converted after the fact to black-and-white. It was a month before we had our first snowfall, but there was already ice on the water. I had gone there to shoot early morning scenes while the light was good, but the sun stayed behind the clouds the whole time, burning a white space like it is here but unable to force its way through fully.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Two PotDs today -- a couple of my favorite flower shots of the year. The first is a fiery zinnia called a "Show and Tell", and the second is inside a lisianthus. They were taken in late August at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I love the contrast between the two; the coolness versus the heat, the circle patterns versus the flowing tendrils, the pale green versus the zesty orange.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
This is what one type of stonecrop looks like for most of the year.
This is what it looks like in bloom.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Welcome to my blog! I've been dithering for a while about how I wanted to start this up, which picture to use in my inaugural post, what I would say, etc. Finally I just decided to leap in and start posting, lest it never begin.
What you can expect here is a new photo every day, aka the PotD. I generally take wildlife and nature photos, but during the winter season when all the glorious flowers are gone, I also shoot urban landscapes and buildings.
I live in a northern suburb of Chicago, and I'm a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Expect to see lots of shots from there -- like this one. It's from Friday December 1st, the day we had our first snowstorm of the season. The angle is through a window hole in the English Walled Garden.
I also travel around to many other state parks in the area and elsewhere, plus I'm an early riser so I like to get sunrise pictures when I can. This month I intend to post photos I've taken all throughout the year, sort of a Best Of... retrospective so you can see what I've done. And maybe I'll even get around to explaining how a Midwestern photographer ended up with a website and blog called Kudzu Planet! Heh.
Thanks for stopping by. Come back every morning to see the new PotD!