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Good Morning Deer

July 19, 2021 - This deer surprised me as I rounded the corner of the trail she raised her head from the leaves. She sat for a long time...
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Midwest Dusk

July 17, 2021 - A peaceful, tranquil scene in the Midwest worthy of a photograph.
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Red Winged Blackbird in Good Light-3

July 16, 2021 - Beautiful Red-Winged Blackbird in good light at Shroeder nature preserve last week. This bird was fine with flying form...
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Sassy Doe

July 13, 2021 - I feel like she was getting fresh with me.
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Eastern Meadowlark-1

July 10, 2021 - The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, field...
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A White-tail in the Prairie

July 09, 2021 - I took this image from my car as I was leaving Shroeder Nature Preserve in McLean County. It was pretty awesome seeing t...
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Young Buck Springing Through the Beans

July 09, 2021 - I estimate this young buck cleared 4 rows of beans per leap. Impressive leaping ability!
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Mourning Dove Sitting Pretty

July 09, 2021 - I love the common, yet beautiful, mourning dove. They are in abundance in North America. I also love the sound their win...
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Ruby Throated Hummingbird Hovering

July 08, 2021 - It was a beautiful night with beautiful light to get hummingbird images. Here is a ruby throated hummingbird hovering ni...
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Barn Swallows Getting Fed

July 08, 2021 - A two-image series of a barn swallow feeding its fledglings. The past week and a half swallows have been swooping fields...
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Young Central Illinois Buck

July 08, 2021 - This was taken on my way home after driving around Lake Evergreen. I spotted this young buck with velvet still on his de...
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

July 07, 2021 - A cool bird that I usually hear more than I see and now I can say I finally have a good usable image of one. There were...
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Cruising Spotted Sandpiper

July 06, 2021 - I observed several swallows working this pond for insects but this spotted sandpiper surprised me as it whipped by acros...
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Flying Into the Last Remaining Light of the Day

July 06, 2021 - This might be my new personal favorite cardinal image. The light in the wooded area was almost gone as the sun was close...
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Common Yellowthroat Singing From a Compass Plant

July 05, 2021 - The prairie is full of these tall compass plants sticking up through the sea of perennials. They have beautiful yellow b...
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4th of July in Central Illinois

July 04, 2021 - In an attempt to get some Bloomington/Normal rireworks to celebrate 4th of July 2021, we went out looking for a fairly r...
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Female Red-winged Blackbird with a Moth

July 03, 2021 - I watched this female red-winged blackbird flying all over the place and when it finally flew by in a straight line, I n...
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Evening Song by a Dickcissel

July 03, 2021 - These vibrant little birds have been lining the prairie singing their songs from all directions. Dickcissels were everyw...
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Eastern Towhee Making Himself Heard

July 02, 2021 - I always enjoy hearing their song carrying through the prairie. The eastern towhee has striking looks especially with th...
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Storming on the Plains

July 02, 2021 - One of the many waves of storms that pushed through Central Illinois last week.
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Portrait of a Female Blue Grosbeak

July 01, 2021 - I spent another evening with this Blue Grosbeak pair as they worked hard catching insects and taking them to their fledg...
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Blend In Young Buck

July 01, 2021 - While hiking I saw some dear across the bean field. If I wasn't looking through my camera/lens, I totally would have mis...
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Female Blue Grosbeak-1

June 30, 2021 - This female blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. Unlike the male blue grosbeak, she has been very a...
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Barns in a Storm

June 29, 2021 - I drive by these barns from time to time and always thin what a great subject for a photo in the right conditions. Yeste...
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Male Blue Grosbeak

June 29, 2021 - I had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and t...
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The Beautiful Chipping Sparrow

June 23, 2021 - I love the markings of the chipping sparrow. The best thing about photographing small birds that are always on the move...
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Indigo Bunting Peeking Through the Wildflowers

June 22, 2021 - There were so many indigo buntings patrolling the wooded areas near the Mackinaw River in Tazewell County today. I was h...
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Bluejay with a Bug

June 19, 2021 - Going through some images I took this spring and I came across this one of a bluejay that had been hopping around on the...
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Magnolia Warbler Looking for Bugs

May 27, 2021 - I know I got in a little late on the warbler action this year and pretty much only saw a few varieties. The magnolia war...
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Singing Gray Catbird

May 26, 2021 - I could listen to these Gray Catbirds sing all day long...such beautiful songs! This was taken May 19th at Ewing Park in...
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Posing Scarlet Tanager

May 24, 2021 - I was in awe of this posing scarlet tanager in beautiful evening light last Wednesday. Despite having vibrant colors, he...
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Red-eyed Vireo Among the Honeysuckle

May 23, 2021 - I was happy to just enough light on the eye of this pretty vireo to see the red. Such a sweet little bird surrounded by...
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Inquisitive Cardinal

May 18, 2021 - I love when a bird poses for me. Usually I only get a second or two before they fly off, hop to another branch, or duck...
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Magnolia Warbler Among the Leaves

May 16, 2021 - I love this image of a sweet little magnolia warbler spotted through the thick branches and leaves. It shows just how di...
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Chestnut-sided Warbler Basking in the Glow

May 15, 2021 - Life has been busy and full lately, which has limited my ability and energy to get out and enjoy the spring migration. Y...
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Sneaking a Peek

March 27, 2021 - So our family adopted two puppies leading into winter. This is Kip and we get a kick out of Kip's stare. He is always wa...
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Basking in the Sunrise

March 23, 2021 - I really enjoyed this tranquil scene of this barn basking in the warm light of a sunrise reflected in the windows.
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Good Morning McLean County

March 22, 2021 - When my daughter asked, "Dad can we go get some photos in the morning for my art class?"... I said "you bet!" We stumble...
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Great Blue Heron In Flight

March 07, 2021 - The great blue heron is such a majestic bird. They cast an unmistakable shadow as they fly over.
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Dramatic Ring-billed Gull Catch and Eat

March 06, 2021 - These Ring-billed Gulls can be fun to watch fish. They aren't an eagle but they are quite agile in the air. I love that...
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Ring-billed Gull Suspended in Air

March 04, 2021 - I was able to freeze this moment as the ring-billed gull made a dive and came up empty. The suspended-in-midair pose loo...
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Common Mergansers on the Move

March 03, 2021 - Beautiful male and female common mergansers on the move, low over the water. When these water fowl decide to take off, I...
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Common Goldeneye Landing in a Foggy Mist

March 02, 2021 - Four males and a female common goldeneye flying in on Lake Evergreen with a thin mist on the lake. I believe there is a...
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The Point of No Return

March 01, 2021 - A ring-billed gull diving beak first into the water to fetch a fish that it spotted well above the water. The whole proc...
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Showing Off In Flight

February 28, 2021 - One of the signs of early spring in our area are the numbers of ring-billed gulls fishing in the open waters of frozen l...
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Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-4

February 28, 2021 - How cute is this tufted titmouse bathing in a puddle along the trail? It was enjoying the ice cold bath and then would s...
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What a Sunset

February 27, 2021 - I was blessed with this incredible sunset on the way home from photographing birds at Lake Evergreen tonight. I pulled d...
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Saturday Morning in Central Illinois

February 27, 2021 - The full moon was beautiful this morning. I found this sleepy little farm north of Bloomington, IL to make this image....
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Texture

February 26, 2021 - I was struck by the various examples of texture in this scene. The board of the dock leading into the rocks and prairie...
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Spotted

February 24, 2021 - I think she spotted me before I spotted her but, ultimately, we were both spotted. I appreciate the simplicity of this l...
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As Dusk Nears

February 22, 2021 - I love these moments of the day just as the sun sets and the light is at its best. It is a magical and peaceful moment t...
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Young White Tail

February 21, 2021 - A cute youngling slowly walks through the snow...such a sweet face.
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Snowy Field Sunset

February 20, 2021 - I went out with the hopes of finding some wildlife this evening and while I found a few pretty images, the sunset stole...
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Midwest Winter Tones

February 14, 2021 - I love the color palate of winter and especially the tones in this image. The muted blues and beige colors work incredib...
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Evening Meal

February 13, 2021 - A peaceful scene of several does enjoying a meal before before sunset. There wasn't much available light for this image,...
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Hunting Fox

February 12, 2021 - I interrupted this fox as he was hunting just before sunset...either that or he was pooping. I'd like to think he was hu...
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Illinois Farm in the Winter

February 11, 2021 - Simple black and white landscape of a farm in the winter.
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Horned Lark on the Roadside

February 10, 2021 - Horned Larks typically fly off before I can get close enough, but this little guy stayed long enough to give me a good l...
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Lurking in the Grass

February 09, 2021 - So I went for a rural drive tonight to see if I could find some pretty winter landscapes to photograph. I went East of t...
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Dark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to Feed

February 08, 2021 - This sweet little dark-eyed junco found a small patch of grass to find something to eat.
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Midwest Beauty

February 07, 2021 - There is beauty all over the Midwest. In my pursuit for the next nature/wildlife image, I stumble upon many breathtaking...
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Fox Stare as the Snow Begins to Fall

February 06, 2021 - I was gifted this encounter with a beautiful fox this afternoon. It was just as the snow started falling. You can see th...
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Pretty Robin in a Juniper Tree

February 06, 2021 - One of my favorite little trees to check this time of year because it attracts all kinds of birds looking for food is th...
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A Doe at Sunset

February 05, 2021 - I usually always see deer in the fields around Lake Evergreen in the evening, but they typically just blend in with the...
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The Last Bit of Light

February 04, 2021 - Ice fishermen pulling their sleds of gear on their way back from a day of ice fishing. As they walked by they said "sorr...
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Reflection of Colors

February 03, 2021 - Tonight's sunset was beautiful. I had tonight marked on my calendar for the past week because the app I use indicated th...
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B&W Eagle Wingspan

February 02, 2021 - Here is another, previously unedited, eagle image from the archives taken from 2016. Check out this full wing extension.
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Dreaming of Eagle Flyovers

February 01, 2021 - I'm really missing seeing these beautiful eagles on the Mississippi River. I decided to dig through my archives to edit...
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Dark-eyed Junco Showing off the Markings

January 31, 2021 - A beautiful little Dark-eyed Junco was sitting among the icy and snowy branches and showing off the beautiful markings o...
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Winter Female Cardinal

January 30, 2021 - The snow-covered trees gave me a small window to photograph this pretty female cardinal. The limbs framed her well.
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Deer Crossing Ahead

January 29, 2021 - A beautiful scene as 2 white-tailed deer cross the road in front of me.
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Bald Eagle at Sunset on the Mackinaw

January 28, 2021 - When I took this image I didn't think it would turn out. I tried to expose for the eagle while still preserving the suns...
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Weathered Old Barn

January 27, 2021 - I've photographed this barn before but with each passing season, it gains more character. The stories this old barn coul...
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Winter Path

January 25, 2021 - Winter trails are some of my favorite to explore. They offer a cool and refreshing air with a silence that hits differen...
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Perched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw River

January 24, 2021 - Taken last week (1-17-21) during the snowfall on the Mackinaw River. Simple black and white of a beautiful and serene sc...
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Central Illinois Eagle

January 22, 2021 - I was able to escape for a little camera time this evening after school. I decided to venture out to the Mackinaw River...
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Barn in the Valley with Snow

January 21, 2021 - A pretty scene of an old bard in the Mackinaw River Valley with the snow coming down.
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Sea of Starlings

January 20, 2021 - This sea of starlings wasn't easy to capture but I love the results of this image. Beauty among the chaos of wings, feat...
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Field of Starlings in the Snow

January 19, 2021 - When I found this field of spent sunflowers, I didn't anticipate the number of birds that were feeding in the field and...
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The Beauty of Seasons

January 18, 2021 - Remnants of Summer and Fall blanketed by Winter. I know Illinois weather can be difficult, unpredictable, and wreck havo...
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Cardinal on a Snowy Fence

January 18, 2021 - I can't seem to pass up a split rail fence covered with snow especially when there is a beautiful red cardinal involved...
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Rural Winter Landscape

January 16, 2021 - Just a simple rural winter landscape with mood.
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Great Blue Heron Enjoying Winter Peace

January 13, 2021 - A Great Blue Heron chilling in this peaceful winter cove made for a serene scene.
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Winter Creek Bed

January 08, 2021 - The water levels at Dawson Lake were already very low so when the ice and snow storm hit, it created this beautiful scen...
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Do You Want to Have a Picnic?

January 07, 2021 - This looks like a COOL place to have a picnic.
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Pileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the Year

January 07, 2021 - The Pileated Woodpecker is ABA's 2021 Bird of the Year. It just so happens I spotted my second ever pileated woodpecker...
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Alone in Thought

January 06, 2021 - Peace, solitude, and alone in thought.
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Winter Oasis

January 06, 2021 - The sense of peace that comes over me when I find spots like this to think about my composition and camera settings whil...
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Silver Scene

January 05, 2021 - There were multiple scenes that took my breath away including this view of the snowy banks along the lake with the trees...
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Tufted Titmouse on a Snowy Branch

January 05, 2021 - Today is National Bird Day which, naturally, calls for a bird image. Here is one of my favorite little birds to watch in...
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Red Barn in the Midwest Tundra

January 04, 2021 - I've always been a sucker for red barns and this one caught my eye among the fields of snow and trees of ice.
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Flying in a Winter Wonderland

January 03, 2021 - What a beautiful morning it was at Dawson Lake this morning. I spent several hours making images. Here is the first of m...
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Deer in the Thickets

January 02, 2021 - I watched about 30 deer cross the street from the plowed fields to this amazingly lit prairie grass. I was patient and l...
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Winter Tree of 2020

January 01, 2021 - One of my last images of 2020. This lone tree in a quiet field on a hazy, winter day struck the right mood for the momen...
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Field Catching the Light

December 22, 2020 - I couldn't pass up this grass field as it caught the sunlight at dusk.
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Moraine View State Park Deer at Dusk

December 20, 2020 - I was able to go for a short drive at dusk tonight for the first time in quite awhile. There weren't many opportunities...
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The Greatest of These is Love

October 27, 2020 - I've been to this Chapel in the Trees at Funk's Grove many times, but this scene on this particular Fall day struck me....
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Fall Scenes in McLean County Illinois

October 24, 2020 - I was able to get out and photograph some of the beautiful fall colors today. I made trips to 3 of my favorite spots in...
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Preparing for Winter

September 07, 2020 - This squirrel was busy preparing for winter by fattening up on a nut. He was loud and crumbs were falling!
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Bee on a Blooming Thistle

September 06, 2020 - The colors of this bee enjoying a blooming thistle plant caught my eye while I was looking for warblers. I only had my l...
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Red-eyed Vireo Found a Fall Berry

September 05, 2020 - I found this red-eyed vireo yesterday at Ewing Park as it found a red berry. The fall migration has begun and I hope to...
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Songs of Summer by a Song Sparrow

August 29, 2020 - Beautiful morning, beautiful colors, and a beautiful song. I'm going to miss summer.
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Finding Light in the Shadows

August 28, 2020 - Sometimes the image is found in the shadows. Look for the light in all places...it is there if you look.
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Monarch on a Milkweed

August 27, 2020 - Monarchs and Milkweed - they just go together.
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King of the Field

August 25, 2020 - I loved watching this male gold finch in the sunflower field. There were many birds around but this gold finch sure seem...
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Sneaky Coyote on the Banks of the Mackinaw

August 21, 2020 - As I was photographing the sunflowers atop the bluff along the Mackinaw River, I peeked over the side and spotted this c...
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Hummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is Caring

August 20, 2020 - How about this cute photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird and a monarch butterfly sharing a single milkweed bloom. It was...
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Sunflower Dew

August 16, 2020 - Make sure to zoom in on this one. There was a thick layer of morning dew when I took this image along with a blanket of...
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Patrolling the Sunflower Field

August 15, 2020 - Another image of the indigo bunting I shared from yesterday as he was hopping around in this sunflower field. Again, I f...
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Indigo Bunting on a Sunflower

August 14, 2020 - I went out yesterday morning with the intention of taking some landscape images, but this beautiful little bird made me...
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Sunflowers at Sunrise

August 13, 2020 - This morning was absolutely beautiful. It was a crisp 64 degrees, dew covering everything, a slight fog hovering over so...
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Backyard Black-Eyed Susan

August 11, 2020 - Our Black-Eyed Susans are looking so vibrant in our backyard right now. They were calling my name this afternoon so I ha...
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Brilliant Colors of a Sunflower

August 09, 2020 - When the sun hits the face of a sunflower, the results are brilliant! Amazing colors on this sunflower.
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Hummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before Sunset

August 07, 2020 - My in-laws have the most impressive trumpet vine growing over their pergola and the hummingbirds love it. I was able to...
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Playing in the Wildflowers

August 05, 2020 - I was photographing flowers and birds in my in-laws' garden when their sweet Sadie walked into the garden. I gave her a...
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Seen Many Storms

July 16, 2020 - Oh the storms this old barn has seen while sitting in a Midwest field among the corn and bean fields.
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Freshly Watered Fields

July 15, 2020 - I love the beauty of a field that has been freshly rained on. The green just seems more green and the smell of fresh rai...
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His Light Shines

July 13, 2020 - Even in our darkest times, His Light shines. I continue to pray and keep faith that we will be able to overcome this dif...
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Wall of Rain

July 13, 2020 - And just like that the skies opened and the rain fell. I love this image of the light rays from the sun piercing the clo...
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In Comes the Storm

July 13, 2020 - Here is another image of the incoming storm that features a bean field and the small grove of trees on the right. The cl...
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Storms Moving in Over Sunny Fields

July 12, 2020 - I was able to drive out in front of some of the storms that hit Bloomington yesterday afternoon. Here is one of the imag...
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Summer Storm Rainbow

July 11, 2020 - I was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot...
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Louie and Lady the House Wrens

July 08, 2020 - We have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard...
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Beauty in the Shadows

July 02, 2020 - Under the lily pads and shadows, there is a bright, blooming lily.
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Happy Little Water Lily

July 01, 2020 - This sweet little water lily found the dapple light refreshing enough to bloom and provide a little afternoon brilliance...
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Bachelor Button Catching the Sun

June 24, 2020 - One of my wife's favorite little wild flowers is the bachelor button. This little bachelor button was catching the light...
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Mammatus Clouds Before the Storm

June 22, 2020 - I went for a quick drive before this evening's storms started to move in and made this image of some mammatus cloud form...
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Glorious Colors on this Pot Marigold

June 22, 2020 - This vibrant little pot marigold was demanding its photo to be taken. Such beautiful colors and textures on this flower.
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Orange Lily in Dappled Light

June 21, 2020 - The vibrancy of these Lily's are beautiful especially in this dappled light. I really enjoyed taking photos around my in...
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1st Day of Summer

June 20, 2020 - My daughter and I made a short drive today to check on the status of some future photography locations and, while out, I...
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Sunset on Emerson Road

June 16, 2020 - One of my favorite things about the Midwest are the sunsets. This sunset was taken at my in-laws' house on Emerson Rd.,...
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Mute Swan Family

June 15, 2020 - My second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together...
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Mute Swan Giving A Gentle Touch

June 14, 2020 - I love that this little cygnet swam up and gently touched the neck of the parent as they fed almost as if to say, thanks...
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Mute Swan Family

June 12, 2020 - This is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them...
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Strawberry Moon

June 08, 2020 - Full Moon in June called the Strawberry Moon taken on 6-5-20
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Female Eastern Bluebird Singing

June 07, 2020 - This female eastern blue bird was whistling at me! Isn't she cute?
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Eastern Meadowlark

June 05, 2020 - There were several Meadowlark's chirping away at Funk's Grove yesterday. I couldn't get a good view of them until this g...
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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Flight

June 04, 2020 - I was so happy to see several ruby-throated humming birds buzzing around the grass fields of Funk's Grove again. I enjoy...
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Blue Jay

June 03, 2020 - I just really enjoy the look and light on this blue jay. Beautiful, vibrant colors and a nice pose...can't ask for much...
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Swainson's Thrush

May 29, 2020 - The various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a...
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Green Heron Lurking in the Bushes

May 29, 2020 - A couple of weeks ago, I was walking along the creek at Ewing Park looking for warblers when this big guys startled me i...
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Scarlet Tanager

May 28, 2020 - I was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite ima...
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Summer Tanager (Female)

May 28, 2020 - This is my first summer tanager and she came so close to me. I was sitting still and she landed on a limb about 6 feet a...
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Gray Catbird Watching Me

May 27, 2020 - I love their songs...this one spotted me enjoying his songs and gave me a long look!
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Storm Clouds over Funk's Grove

May 26, 2020 - I went out to Funk's Grove this afternoon to check for hummingbirds but found these beautiful storm clouds instead.
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Tennessee Warbler

May 26, 2020 - Here is a Tennessee Warbler sneaking down one of the limbs under some cover. This was taken on 5/20/20 at Centennial Par...
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Blackpoll Warbler

May 25, 2020 - Here is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still l...
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Cape May Warbler

May 23, 2020 - This was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best t...
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Warbling Vireo

May 22, 2020 - A big thanks to this warbling vireo as it popped up from the bushes to pose for this dreamy image. Taken at Centennial P...
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Prothonotary Warbler

May 21, 2020 - Here is another very beautiful and bright colored bird...the Prothonotary Warbler! This is another first for me!
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Brilliant Scarlet Tanager

May 20, 2020 - There is nothing like seeing that flash of red and realizing it isn't a cardinal. This is the, always beautiful, scarlet...
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Black-and-white Warbler

May 20, 2020 - I love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren...
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Blackburnian Warbler

May 19, 2020 - Here is another new warbler for me...a Blackburnian Warbler. It sat regally looking out over the field with that bright...
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Blue-winged Warbler

May 17, 2020 - I loved the look of the blue-winged warbler. Check out that black strip over the eye. I love the contrast of the blue wi...
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Black-throated Green Warbler

May 17, 2020 - Another warbler with pretty colors and markings is the Black-throated Green Warbler. I was happy to get this one image b...
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Magnolia Warbler

May 17, 2020 - Over the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty...
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Wilson's Warbler in a Viburnum Bush

May 16, 2020 - Here is a pretty little Wilson's warbler that gave me a pleasant pose while landing in a Viburnum bush making for a beau...
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Orange Crowned Warbler

May 16, 2020 - Here is an orange crowned warbler. Many times I have a sore neck after a day of looking for these warblers. Here is a go...
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Red-eyed Vireo

May 15, 2020 - I saw my first red-eyed vireo today. I was happy to see you can actually see the red eye in this image, which isn't alwa...
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Great Horned Owl on Alert

May 15, 2020 - Check out this Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday at Ewing Park. He was very aware of a lady walking her dog. He watched t...
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Golden-winged Warbler

May 13, 2020 - Another beautiful warbler from earlier today and another first for me is this Golden-winged Warbler. I feel very fortuna...
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Shy White-eyed Vireo

May 13, 2020 - I'm pretty excited to get an image of a first for me...the White-eyed Vireo. What a beautiful bird and I didn't even kno...
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May 11, 2020 - I feel like there have been so many rose-breasted grosbeaks this year. I've even had several on my feeders. This particu...
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A Beautiful Whitetail

May 09, 2020 - I just love the warm light on this Whitetail Deer. She was eating and didn't seem too upset by me strolling by and takin...
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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Morning Workout

May 08, 2020 - I didn't know I was interrupting this Ruby-crowned Kinglet's morning workout routine....great form though!
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Female Eastern Towhee

May 07, 2020 - This female eastern towhee was laying low in a thicket as I was walking by. She startled me at first but she stayed for...
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Eastern Bluebird Perched

May 07, 2020 - A pretty little side profile of this nicely perched Eastern Bluebird.
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American Redstart Portrait

May 06, 2020 - So a couple of days ago I photographed and posted an American Redstart on a gloomy, rainy day. It wasn't a great image a...
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A House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning Song

May 06, 2020 - This house wren is very proud to sing a morning song for us.
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Deer on a Rainy Spring Day

May 05, 2020 - Despite the gloomy spring skies and rain, beauty can be found in nature. These deer caught my eye, or maybe I caught the...
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Indigo Bunting

May 04, 2020 - I just love indigo buntings...so unmistakable and breathtaking when you see them flashing around on the tree branches in...
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American Redstart

May 04, 2020 - Not my clearest image but one I had to share, none the less. While on one of the wet, soggy trails about 1.5 miles from...
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Northern Parula

May 04, 2020 - Check out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with.
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Common Yellowthroat

May 03, 2020 - I was photographing several gold finches in this field and I expected to see another one as there was movement in this b...
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Social Distancing

May 02, 2020 - Peaceful landscape of a fisherman passing the time alone on the lake.
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An Electric Sunset

May 01, 2020 - Nothing like pulling over to try to get images of a sunset with dramatic clouds and capturing this. I was quite surprise...
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Yellow-rumped Warbler Pose

May 01, 2020 - The yellow-rumped warblers have been out in numbers! I've enjoyed watching them hop from branch to branch. I have severa...
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Great Crested Flycatcher

April 30, 2020 - I believe this is a Great Crested Flycatcher. If so, this is the first one I've ever seen and I'm super happy I got a ni...
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Red-tailed Hawk Portrait

April 30, 2020 - Check out this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk I came across this evening. I was able to get within 20-30 feet without it flyi...
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet Colors

April 30, 2020 - This Ruby-crowned Kinglet is showing up its beautiful colors in this pose.
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet Looking to the Sun

April 29, 2020 - I have dozens of images of these pretty little migrating birds. I really like the pose here as he is looking up towards...
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Barred Owl Encounter

April 29, 2020 - This was from last weekend as I was looking for warblers. I heard the amazing Barred Owl call and it felt like he was ri...
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Blue-headed Vireo Posing

April 28, 2020 - This little blue-headed vireo gave a striking pose showing off his beautiful colors and markings.
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Blue-headed Vireo with Lunch

April 28, 2020 - I really enjoyed watching the blue-headed vireo chasing bugs. I was lucky enough to catch him with his catch. Very prett...
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Hawk Eyes

April 27, 2020 - Check out the beautiful eyes of this cooper's hawk. I saw what appeared to be a nesting pair of cooper's hawks...more li...
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Lake Evergreen Juvenile Bald Eagle

April 26, 2020 - American Bald Eagle from this morning on Lake Evergreen. Two crows chased it off so I didn't get a lot of time to photog...
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Lake Evergreen Otter

April 26, 2020 - I was surprised today as I was taking images of a Great Blue Heron on the opposite bank to have this little guy pop up a...
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Pied-billed Grebe on Glassy Water

April 26, 2020 - Sometimes you just get lucky with the right conditions and angle to get a nice reflection. Here is a beautiful little pi...
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Great Blue Heron Lurking

April 25, 2020 - It isn't easy to sneak up on a Great Blue Heron while he is being sneaky himself. I love the way he is laying low in the...
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White-throated Sparrow

April 25, 2020 - Thankfully this little white-throated sparrow stopped hopping from cover to cover and gave me this little window of an o...
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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

April 24, 2020 - What better bird to photograph on a gray, cloudy, rainy day? A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher! I've never been able to get a dece...
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Red-winged Blackbird Midcall

April 23, 2020 - Red-winged black bird is such an iconic sign of spring in Central, IL. I love hearing their call while driving down a co...
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Trying to Blend In

April 21, 2020 - This little Yellow-rumped Warbler was trying to blend in with the new spring leaf buds. He almost got away with it too....
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Tree Swallow on the Lookout

April 21, 2020 - This tree swallow was watching several others darting around over the water waiting for his moment to join the fun.
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Red-bellied Woodpecker Working the Tree

April 21, 2020 - I caught a nice side profile of this red-bellied woodpecker as he was working on this tree as you can see by the multipl...
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Swamp Sparrow Reflection

April 20, 2020 - Swamp sparrow checking out the water and giving me a nice chance to get a reflection images. Such a handsome little bird...
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Tree Swallows Sunning on a Limb

April 19, 2020 - Check out the way these tree swallows glisten in the sun. When they finally sit still for a moment, you can really obser...
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Posing Swamp Sparrow

April 19, 2020 - I have several images of this, surprisingly, photogenic swam sparrow. Usually these little sparrows stay burrowed in alo...
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Tree Swallow on the Move

April 18, 2020 - I love this time of year and the tree swallow is one of the reasons. I love when they return to the downed trees around...
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Scoter with Scaups

April 18, 2020 - I may need help with identifying this bird in front. I believe this is a Surf Scoter? I believe the other two are Lesser...
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Chickadee in Backlit Golden Light

April 15, 2020 - A sweet little chickadee gathering materials for a nest while backlit by golden light.
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American Coot Pair

April 11, 2020 - I finally got a decent image of the eye of an American Coot as he looked back into the even sun. Not the easiest bird to...
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Turtle Time!

April 10, 2020 - Just a row of turtles looking forward to the warmth of early spring.
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A Conversation Between Cormorants

April 09, 2020 - Sometimes photographing these diving waterfowl is like playing whack a mole. They pop up and dive down and usually never...
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Sleepy Pelicans and a Big Yawn

April 09, 2020 - The pelicans were very restful and one even stretched and gave a big yawn. It made me tired just watching them.
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Cormorants at Sunset

April 08, 2020 - Several Cormorants chilling in a tree at sunset makes for a beautiful scene.
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Eastern Towhee Morning Song

April 07, 2020 - I've seen several Eastern Towhees in Central Illinois this week. Here is one giving his all in a morning song.
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Cardinal Enjoying the View

April 06, 2020 - Cardinals were everywhere this weekend when I was hiking. It was the predominate bird I heard and saw flashing from tree...
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Two Ruddy Ducks and a Pelican

April 06, 2020 - I managed to catch two Ruddy Ducks in this scene with the pelican. I didn't know what they were when I first took the im...
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Pelican Heart

April 05, 2020 - Check out these love birds. I do believe that is a Pelican Heart. #together
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3 Amigos of Pelicans

April 04, 2020 - The Pelicans on Lake Evergreen haven't been as photogenic, choosing to stay just out of photo range. I have many images...
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A Beautiful Scaup

April 04, 2020 - I love the colors and markings of this Scaup. I don't know if it is a Greater or Lesser Scaup, so if anyone knows let me...
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American Coots on the Run

April 03, 2020 - Unfortunately many of these water fowl are easily spooked as was the case with these American Coots. As soon as I turned...
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Eastern Bluebird in Golden Hour

April 03, 2020 - This Eastern Bluebird was at the edge of a wooded area and just far enough out to be lit by the beautiful golden hour su...
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Gull vs Double-crested Cormorant Series 1

April 02, 2020 - I love this interaction between the Ring-billed Gull vs the Double-crested Cormorant while catching a fish. It is so ama...
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Mine

April 02, 2020 - This was a fun interaction to capture. I was getting images of Red-breasted Merganser and Cormorants as they were fishin...
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Through the Trees

April 02, 2020 - While on my hike yesterday I took a moment and looked up as I heard a couple of woodpeckers. This is what caught my eye.
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Sneaking Up on a Wood Duck

April 01, 2020 - I just love these ducks but I can never seem to get close enough to them. Today I was finally able to get a few shots be...
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A Blue-winged Teal Pair

March 31, 2020 - Enjoy this image of a beautiful blue-winged teal pair. There were several on this particular evening and usually the sta...
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Goose Lagoon

March 30, 2020 - I found this goose in this little paradise I call Goose Lagoon. It was so peaceful and tucked away in the backwaters amo...
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Illinois Spring Sunset

March 29, 2020 - Tonight's sunset was intense as it dropped blow the clouds and set. It demanded that I pull over and get a photo.
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Pied Billed Grebe on a Rainy Day

March 29, 2020 - The Pied-billed Grebe is such a cute little diving bird. I enjoy watching them as they dive looking for food.
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Anyone Home?

March 28, 2020 - A Downy Woodpecker was hopping from tree to tree looking for a meal. it was funny as he made ti to this tree hole and po...
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Stump Reflection

March 28, 2020 - Here is something a bit different...more along the line of fine art. I was watching for waterfowl and noticed this beaut...
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Pelicans in a Row

March 27, 2020 - Landscape of 3 Great White Pelicans in a row on a beautiful evening.
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Lake Evergreen Bald Eagle

March 26, 2020 - Here is a local eagle from Lake Evergreen this past week. This is a pretty heavy crop and it was pretty far away but I j...
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Great Blue Heron Fish Sequence 1

March 26, 2020 - There are many wonders in this world but the everyday events in nature are some of the most inspiring to me. This is a s...
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Great Blue Heron in Flight

March 26, 2020 - I was driving along and saw some ducks pretty far out. I pulled over to the shoulder and as I raised my camera to see th...
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Red-breasted Merganser

March 25, 2020 - I saw the male and female red-breasted merganser as I was about to leave. It was the only pair I saw from shore so I fel...
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This Bufflehead was Moving

March 25, 2020 - This female bufflehead flew out of the cove as I approached it. She startled me as much as I startled her. She took off...
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Beautiful Red Tailed Hawk

March 25, 2020 - I spent a good 20 minutes watching and photographing this red tailed hawk stalk a vole, catch it, eat it, and pose. Natu...
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Female Horned Grebe

March 24, 2020 - Here is the female horned grebe to go with the male picture.
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Horned Grebe

March 24, 2020 - This was the first time I have ever seen a horned grebe. While trying to get shots of a common loon, this horned grebe s...
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Profile Pose of a Red Tailed Hawk

March 24, 2020 - A juvenile red tailed hawk giving a side profile view.
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Red Tailed Hawk Dive

March 24, 2020 - The juvenile red tailed hawk in dive mode with wings fully extended. Such a beautiful and graceful process.
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Red Tailed Hawk Stare

March 24, 2020 - I was hoping to sneak up on this red tailed hawk but no luck...he spotted me quite easily. It didn't seem to scare him o...
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Red Tailed Hawk Attack

March 23, 2020 - I spent quite awhile watching this young red tailed hawk at Lake Evergreen this afternoon. I have no idea what he was st...
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Belted Kingfisher Making Off with His Fish

March 23, 2020 - I knew a belted kingfisher was near based on his call and seeing flashes of blue darting among the trees along the water...
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Cute Northern Shoveler Couple

March 22, 2020 - I got a really great angle on this northern shoveler couple for a nice reflection as they swam by. It was a challenge be...
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Northern Shovelers in Flight

March 22, 2020 - This is an image I made yesterday (3-21-20) at Lake Evergreen. There were several groups of Northern Shovelers wading th...
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First Sunset of Spring

March 19, 2020 - With the rain clouds all day, I didn't think there was even a chance for getting a sunset tonight, but the first day of...
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Checking Her Out

March 19, 2020 - Here is another image of the male ring-necked pheasant I photographed yesterday but this time with the female in the sho...
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A Hug from a Deer Friend

March 19, 2020 - Sometimes you just need a hug from a deer friend. Capturing interaction between wildlife is always the ultimate reward f...
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Male Ring-necked Pheasant

March 18, 2020 - Check out the colors of this Male Ring-necked Pheasant I saw on this rainy evening. He was nice enough to give several p...
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Beauty in the Gray

March 18, 2020 - It can't always be sunny with perfect conditions...there is beauty in the mundane. Sometimes we just aren't in a place o...
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A Crow Strut in the Snow

March 18, 2020 - I spotted this crow strutting across the parking lot at Dawson Lake while the snow was coming down. I thought it would m...
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A Winter Day in March

March 17, 2020 - An image from Saturday March 14th. Nothing like a 3-5 inch snow in March. A Sunset from Sunday, March 15th, a day aft...
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Pretty Doe at Sunset

March 17, 2020 - I caught this doe eating along the roadside as the sun was setting. In fact there wasn't much light left. I have been ve...
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Soaked Tufted Titmouse

March 15, 2020 - This tufted titmouse didn't seem to be appreciating the wet snow on this March afternoon.
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Pileated Woodpecker

March 14, 2020 - I have been in search of the pileated woodpecker for awhile now. This bird always seems to elude me. I've heard it many...
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Time to go to Bed

February 29, 2020 - The longing look I get when Faith is trying to tell me that its time to go to bed!
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Ring-Billed Gull Fishing

February 23, 2020 - As I drove around Dawson Lake at Moraine View State Park today, I couldn't help but noticed the numbers of Ring-Billed G...
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Eastern Bluebird 47

January 26, 2020 - One of my favorite little birds is the Eastern Bluebird. I've seen them and have taken a photo of them here and there bu...
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Savannah Live Oaks

July 09, 2018 - One of my favorite scenes in Savannah was the moss-covered live oak road leading to the Wormsloe Plantation. This gravel...
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Flight Before Sundown

December 27, 2017 - I love the dramatic lighting as the late sun was setting on this eagle flying over the Mississippi from last winter (Jan...
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B&W Eagle Pose

December 24, 2017 - From last season, this eagle provided a unique pose as he flew over. Once again, I really like this one in black and whi...
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Eagle with a Fish for Dinner

December 23, 2017 - This image was taken last winter of an eagle with a perfect size catch for a much needed meal. I can't wait to get back...
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Simply Beautiful Bald Eagle

December 18, 2017 - This was taken last January and I can't wait to get back to the Mississippi River this winter once the weather gets cold...
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Bottoms Up

August 23, 2016 - My in-laws planted sunflowers in their garden this year and the gold finches are loving the fresh seeds. Such a beautifu...
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Portrait of a Hummingbird in Flight

August 17, 2015 - I like this simple portrait of a hummingbird in flight posing to show off its back-lit tail feathers.
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Hummingbird Landing Gear Down

August 11, 2015 - This is a pretty cool profile image showing off the small feet of a hummingbird in the landing position.
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Ruby-Throated Beauty

August 10, 2015 - These little birds are a pleasure to watch. It is quite remarkable how they zip around the wildflowers so easily and dri...
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Dropping in to Say Hi

August 05, 2015 - The hummingbird can be quite difficult to photograph due to how fast they move and how small they are, but they are so m...
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Goldfinch Looking Over His Shoulder

August 04, 2015 - This image really shows off this little birds vibrant colors. I love seeing these little birds this time of year.
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The Rockies at Dusk

August 02, 2015 - This image was made using 5 images to stitch together to form a panorama. Having lens options really comes in handy when...
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Enjoying Just Beeing

August 02, 2015 - While at the Denver Botanic Gardens, we saw lots of bees doing their thing on the flowers. I loved the colors and textur...
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Says Phoebe with a Bee

August 01, 2015 - So I was even able to get my bird fix while in Colorado. I didn't go searching for birds but I did try to take photos on...
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A Night Out in Denver

July 27, 2015 - We had a great "parent night" out one evening with my wife, her sister, and cousins to a comedy show in Denver. It was n...
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Foraging for Winter

November 25, 2014 - Here is what many of my favorite winged creatures are doing right now...preparing for winter. This was one of several tu...
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Last Colors of Fall

November 05, 2014 - This season's transitioning is a perfect time to get out and appreciate the last bit of warm colors before winter starts...
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Beautiful Drive

October 20, 2014 - Check out this beautiful drive I went on this evening. The fall colors are spectacular right now. Facebook
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Rising Above the Rest

July 22, 2014 - This freshly opened sunflower stood tall in the field above the others just beckoning to have its photo taken. I love th...
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Spring Daffodils

April 20, 2014 - It seems the wait for Spring this year has been unbearably long, which makes this view of spring daffodils that much mor...
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Sing Loud this Easter Morning

April 19, 2014 - "Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time." Martin Lu...
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Lake Evergreen Common Loon

April 10, 2014 - I've been wanting to get a better image of one of these beautiful migratory birds. This isn't the best image, but I'll t...
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Perfect Form

January 21, 2014 - This is why you need to monitor the wind direction when you are taking eagle images. This shot is so much better than im...
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In His Sights

January 20, 2014 - I went to the L&D14 on the Mississippi River again today (1-20-14) and once again had some success as you can see from m...
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Plotting his Next Move

January 18, 2014 - They are always looking for and analyzing their next catch. It is amazing to watch them locate, circle, and plan their a...
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Snow Banks on the Mississippi

January 17, 2014 - I can't get enough of these eagle images in front of the snowy, rocky banks of the Mississippi. It makes for a magical b...
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Showing Off II

January 16, 2014 - To follow up yesterday's image of "Showing Off", here is another juvenile bald eagle showing off his brilliant golden co...
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Showing Off

January 15, 2014 - When the late after noon sun hits these juvenile bald eagles, the results are stunning. This low flyer really shows off...
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Fly-By at Eye Level

January 15, 2014 - What could make this already pretty winter landscape better? A bald eagle with a fresh catch. Sometimes winter colors ca...
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Soaring Along

January 14, 2014 - Peaceful, elegant, powerful, majestic, no matter how you describe it....they make it look easy. Follow me on Facebook...
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Walking on Water

January 13, 2014 - This is a cool pose where the eagle is grabbing the fish, which you can somewhat see if you look close. With the proper...
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Low Flyer

January 12, 2014 - This is one of those times I wish we could attach a Go-Pro camera to a bald eagle to see life through their vantage poin...
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A Happy Rescue

January 11, 2014 - Look at this face...she is one happy dog. Yes, she is smiling! Follow me on Facebook!
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Magic on the Mississippi

January 11, 2014 - Title says it all...love the pose and light against the white snow. Pretty, pretty, pretty. Follow me on Facebook!...
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Majestic Winter Eagle

January 10, 2014 - I love images that show off the eagle's features and markings; however, images like this one really tell the story. Incl...
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A Close-Up Fly-By

January 10, 2014 - The eagles will fly directly over you sometimes, which offers a great view. It was pretty cool taking my kids one time a...
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Mid-Air Pose

January 09, 2014 - I love when the eagles check out their fresh catch. Sometimes they transfer it to their beak and eat in while flying. I...
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Speedster

January 08, 2014 - These birds really know how to turn on the jets. They tuck their wings in and its like they hit another gear darting to...
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Drifting

January 07, 2014 - I'm really loving some of these images of the eagles flying over the snow. It gives a great, natural looking backdrop to...
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Power and Grace

January 07, 2014 - Another from my recent trip to the Mississippi River to photograph bald eagles fishing. What a treasure right in our "ba...
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Eye on the Prize

January 06, 2014 - This may be a new personal favorite. Sharp focus, great light, good pose, and nice details. This one would make a cool p...
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Nooooo!

January 05, 2014 - Sometimes they have butter fingers or talons. Feel free to add your own caption to this one...I call it, "Nooooo!". Just...
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Getting a Grip

January 05, 2014 - I always try to track the birds with my lens and save a few images for the buffer even after they make their catch. They...
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American Bald Eagle Fishing Series

January 04, 2014 - The next 5 images are a series of a mature bald eagle fishing. I have seen this 1st hand numerous times but it never get...
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Peaceful, Winter Drive at Sunset

January 01, 2014 - Winter skies can offer some of the most beautiful backdrops for the most familiar Midwest views. I love the peace that w...
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Winter Geese

December 24, 2013 - I have a new lens to play with and this was one of my first images with it. It is the 400mm f/5.6. It will be a great ad...
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Surviving 1

December 16, 2013 - There isn't much light for me to get out after work but I did manage about 35 minutes tonight to get a photo of this squ...
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Looking Up

December 13, 2013 - I love this image of my niece from her 1st birthday. I haven't had a chance to edit many of them yet, but I wanted to sh...
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Lounging

December 10, 2013 - It has been awhile since I've had time to post anything and it hasn't been because I haven't had much to photograph. Sev...
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1st Birthday

November 16, 2013 - Have you ever had one of those surreal moments where you think to yourself, "I've been here before"? Tonight my brother...
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A Boy and His Dog

November 15, 2013 - I love timeless black & white images. You know the kind...images that could have been taken 20 years ago, today, or 20 y...
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In The Open

November 02, 2013 - I love this time of year...the colors and mild temps make autumn in Illinois one of my favorite seasons. The warm, Earth...
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Fall Tranquility

October 30, 2013 - I love this spot, not only for photography, but for fishing as well. It is near the dam at Dawson Lake. The colors were...
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Relaxation

October 26, 2013 - This is what I find relaxing...a good hike on a sunny, fall afternoon. How do you know it was a good hike? The mud on th...
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Fall Evening Doe

October 25, 2013 - Tonight I went out for a little, long overdue, r&r hike and this was one of the little surprises God gave me. This doe w...
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Snow Leopard

October 23, 2013 - The snow leopards at Brookfield are beautiful and this momma snow leopard has her hands full with a baby cub. I really l...
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In the Shadows

October 19, 2013 - The gorillas at Brookfield Zoo are amazing, but very difficult to photograph sometimes. The lighting in their enclosure...
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Intimidating

October 18, 2013 - We took the kids to Brookfield Zoo last weekend. We've been making trips to this zoo since our oldest was a toddler. Of...
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Bros

October 10, 2013 - Another pretty fall fishing day. I love this weather. Follow me on Facebook
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Going Fishing

October 09, 2013 - his moment was captured earlier this fall. The boys may not always get along, but when it comes to fishing, they are bes...
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Country Girl

October 01, 2013 - I love this image from my senior shoot with "T". I love the country feel and the warm late evening sun just before it se...
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Sweet T

September 30, 2013 - Sweet T I had the pleasure of photographing this young lady last weekend. This wasn't an ordinary senior session though...
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Smile Pretty

September 02, 2013 - Okay, so this may be a face only we can love and appreciate, LOL. Whenever Faith gives us this look, we can't help but l...
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Awww?

August 31, 2013 - When you see this, you may say "Awwww", but when I see this I say, "What did you do?" She certainly has the art of puppy...
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Kitty Cat Hugs

August 27, 2013 - My daughter...she loves her animals and they always seem to love her. This black and white candid moment of her with thi...
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The State Fair

August 26, 2013 - My daughter, her friend, and one of my sons enjoying one of the carnie-games at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield a...
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Fun at the Lake

August 25, 2013 - Documenting simple, yet memorable, family fun always makes for priceless photographic memories later in life. We can rem...
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Burst of Color

August 19, 2013 - One of the many Lilly images from this summer. Using a macro lens made this image more dynamic. I love the reds and oran...
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Warmth of Summer

August 18, 2013 - With the unusually mild temps, schools starting back up, and fantasy footballers organizing their drafts, we are approac...
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Contemporary Art

August 17, 2013 - This image was made just outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I have always appreciated and admired creati...
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Lake Michigan

August 14, 2013 - I've never seen Lake Michigan like I saw it from the Sears Tower. It was breathtaking for sure. The amazing part is that...
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Reflections

August 11, 2013 - The Cloud Gate or better known as The Bean is probably one of the most photographed sculptures in Chicago. The reflectio...
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Standing Among Giants

August 09, 2013 - We took our daughter on a trip to Chicago for her birthday gift and one of her must see destinations was the Willis Towe...
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The Chicago Bean

August 08, 2013 - This was taken a little over a week ago in Chicago at the famous "Cloud Gate" better known as The Bean. I've photographe...
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Vintage Horse

August 07, 2013 - Sometimes beauty speaks for itself. I have always appreciated these animals. I've never owned one and have only rode the...
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Late Summer Bloom

August 06, 2013 - The colors of summer are striking and by isolating a single bloom against a darker background really helps this bloom sh...
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Basking in the Sun

August 05, 2013 - The hummingbirds proved to be a challenge this week, but I still managed a couple of images. I caught this one perched a...
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Sweet Little House Wren

July 17, 2013 - I have a cute story about this sweet little wren. My in-laws live in the country so I love visiting their garden and lan...
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Loved

July 15, 2013 - Faith soaks up all of the loving and attention she can get, especially from these kids. As you can see, she lets them la...
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Garden Fireworks

July 12, 2013 - The colors continue to bloom as if they are the fireworks of the garden; what a show... Follow me on Facebook!
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Lilies have Bloomed

July 11, 2013 - The lilies are in full bloom and are quite beautiful. I love the variety of colors they offer and the challenge of photo...
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4th of July 2013

July 04, 2013 - I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July evening. It is a night to celebrate our freedom and those that protect it...
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Swimmer

June 24, 2013 - Look who enjoys the water! I never thought boxers were much for swimming but you can't keep Faith out of the lake when w...
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Red-Winged Blackbird

June 19, 2013 - Lake Dawson have several of these cattails growing along one of my favorite trails. I always think to myself that it wou...
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Country Simplicity

June 18, 2013 - Sometimes the decision to go black and white or stay color is difficult. I love a good black and white image. It takes a...
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Country Horse

June 17, 2013 - One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. ~Dale Carneg...
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Rainy Back Roads

June 15, 2013 - This is from last week after a storm moved through Bloomington-Normal. You can see a hint of a rainbow to the left. I th...
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Eastern Kingbird

June 15, 2013 - The Eastern Kingbird is a really cool summer bird in Illinois. They eat insects and look really cool as they fly over fi...
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Simplicity

June 14, 2013 - Sometimes it is the simple, everyday things that can be quite beautiful and eye-catching. You just have to stop and "see...
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Fly on a Peony

June 12, 2013 - Stop and smell the flowers, you never know what beauty you might find. This was taken at my in-law's house several weeks...
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Boxer-American Bulldog

June 12, 2013 - An intent dog watching on as her kids play.
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Illinois Summer Scene

June 09, 2013 - As I drive around looking for specific nature, wildlife, or landscape images, I try to keep my mind open to anything tha...
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Purple Iris

June 08, 2013 - While walking one of the trails out at Dawson Lake, I came across this Iris growing in a weedy patch. A simple little su...
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Rewards of Pet Adoption

June 06, 2013 - Faith has been a great addition to our family. Everyday we learn a little more about her and she grows closer and more a...
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Stormy Start to the Season

June 05, 2013 - This has been a very wet and stormy spring so far. This photo was taken after a storm passed through Bloomington/Normal...
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Pop Up in Rows

June 04, 2013 - I love seeing all of the green popping up around us, especially the crops. The rural countryside is full of life right n...
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Room to Run

June 03, 2013 - I pass this pasture of beautiful horses almost every time I go out to take photos. I always think about stopping but the...
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Morning Song

June 02, 2013 - One of my favorite things is listening to song birds sing their little hearts out. Cheesy?....maybe, but peaceful and re...
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Big Stretch

June 01, 2013 - Sometimes you just need to stretch. Follow me on Facebook!
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American Bulldog-Boxer Stare

May 31, 2013 - Faith made her first trip to Springfield this past weekend and she did great. She is fitting right into our family nicel...
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Spring Light Show

May 30, 2013 - Another Spring Storm Light Show image from last week. Follow me on Facebook!
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Chasing Lights

May 28, 2013 - I managed to capture this unique lightning bolt image as a car was driving by on the country road away from me. I liked...
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Midwest Storms

May 27, 2013 - While in Springfield over Memorial Day weekend, while visiting family, I was able to capture a few new lightning images.
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The Bowler

May 24, 2013 - My son enjoying his 8th birthday bowling party. Follow me on Facebook!
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I See You

May 16, 2013 - Okay, so it has been awhile since I've posted anything. Life happens and keeps our little family busy. I have lots of pu...
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Cone of Shame

May 09, 2013 - All of the puppies, except one, are with their forever families. Our house has been much quieter, but we do miss these c...
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Making Herself at Home

April 29, 2013 - Faith in one of the rockers watching some TV...I think she is feeling "at home". Follow me on Facebook!
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Have Mercy!

April 20, 2013 - Have Mercy...introducing Mercy! Mercy is the smallest of the litter, but we she isn't a runt. She is a sweet all white b...
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Introducing Piety!

April 20, 2013 - Introducing Piety! Piety is Joy's twin brother. He is a handsome puppy and likes to pick on his siblings. His growl is c...
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Introducing Charity!

April 18, 2013 - Introducing Charity! Charity is large and in charge. She is one of the larger puppies and was the most mobile from the d...
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Introducing Hope!

April 17, 2013 - Introducing Hope...our freckle-faced cutie. She has unique spots on her nose, pretty dark outlined ears, and a cute litt...
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Introducing Joy

April 16, 2013 - I would like to introduce Joy to the world. Joy enjoys growling and pouncing on her sisters and brothers, especially her...
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Last Sleep as a 5 Year Old

April 14, 2013 - In my ever on-going series of family photojournalistic photography, I have added this image of my son, Evan, peacefully...
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Puppy Love

April 11, 2013 - I still haven't taken formal photos of the puppies yet, but I did manage a few of the puppies in the pen recently. These...
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Puppy Dog Eyes

April 10, 2013 - I couldn't resist posting these puppy dog eyes this evening. Follow Me!
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Faith Portrait - B&W

April 09, 2013 - I took a series of portrait images like this while Faith was in her pen with her puppies. We have a blue tarp that lines...
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Early Spring Magnolia

April 07, 2013 - How magical is Spring? Waking to birds chirping and heading outside to realize you don't need that annoying winter coat.
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Birding Brothers

April 06, 2013 - While the girls were involved with Girl Scout's this weekend, us boys went down the Lake Petersburg for some guy time. F...
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Sitting Pretty

April 04, 2013 - Another image of Faith sitting in front of her puppies. This one shows a little more of her beautiful coat. She has a un...
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A Busy Momma

April 03, 2013 - Many have wanted to see photos of the puppies. I can't take very many photos of them until they have had their shots. Th...
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Baby K's First Easter

April 01, 2013 - How precious is this sweet little China doll? Happy 1st Easter baby K. Follow me on Facebook.
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Welcome Home Faith

March 30, 2013 - Here is Faith, the newest Marcy. We adopted her from Wishbone Canine Rescue. We are also fostering her 7 puppies. They a...
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Brothers

March 26, 2013 - I love my boys! They can be trying, difficult, fussy, stubborn, etc. BUT they also make me laugh, proud, feel loved, and...
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Watch Out, He has an Idea!

March 25, 2013 - Anyone that knows Evan, knows this expression. The kid has a new idea a minute and he is determined to make his ideas co...
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Having a Heart to Heart

March 25, 2013 - I love when I'm able to capture an interaction between subjects. Here is one where Grace picked up Oreo and was talking...
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Chocolate Lover

March 24, 2013 - This is a follow-up to yesterday's post. This boy loves chocolate. He picks his favorite restaurants based on the desser...
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Eye on the Prize

March 23, 2013 - Just having more fun taking images of my kids. This was using window light from a window directly behind me. Follow Me...
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A Smile for Uncle Click Click

March 11, 2013 - Awww, such a precious little smile from my niece that lovingly knows me as Uncle Click Click. Follow me on Facebook....
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Sweet Baby K

March 10, 2013 - A portrait of my sweet niece. She is in a really fun stage right now of smiling and laughing and starting to talk. Here...
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A Girl and her Cat

March 05, 2013 - I love simple black and whites. This is my daughter holding a girl's best friend, her cat. They have a bond that only th...
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Through the Snow

February 22, 2013 - Sometimes you just don't know which edit to go with. I favor the color, but the black and white adds a cool dynamic with...
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Perched Eagle

February 19, 2013 - When the light hits these birds just right, their white feathers look so brilliant. Like me on Facebook!
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Resting Barred Owl

February 14, 2013 - This time last year, I had never seen a wild owl well enough to photograph it. Since then, I've spotted a handful of the...
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Carry-Out

February 01, 2013 - Sometimes you just feel like carry-out. This bird flew around with this fish for quite a bit before finally finding a br...
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A Bird on a Mission

January 31, 2013 - I like how determined these birds can look! It is like they have somewhere very important be. Facebook
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What Is It Mommy?

January 23, 2013 - I took the 400mm f/5.6 out for a nature drive locally before I need to return it. I came across several deer. As I scann...
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Lock and Dam 14

January 20, 2013 - In the next few weeks, I will be adding more images of the amazing bald eagles from the Mississippi River, specifically...
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Look Before Turning

January 18, 2013 - I have so many Bald Eagle images from my last trip to the Mississippi River, but the fun part is finding the various uni...
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Winter Sunset in Central Illinois

January 17, 2013 - Peace... is seeing a sunset, and knowing who to thank.
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Winter Stroll

January 16, 2013 - At first glance you see a nice winter scene with ice on the lake and bare trees, but after looking more closely, you can...
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Wait For Us

January 14, 2013 - Geese Running Off Into the Sunset...so romantic. I love the colors of this image. You have the vibrant reflection of the...
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Sunset Deer

January 13, 2013 - Just before sunset and right before leaving Dawson Lake after driving around it for over 30 minutes, I spotted these dee...
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Cattails in Winter

January 12, 2013 - I love photographing sunrises and sunsets. Since I'm a night owl, sunsets are more common for me. I'm always on the look...
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On Top of the World

January 12, 2013 - I like how this image gives the viewer a sense of what it would be like to soar with an Eagle. What an amazing way to tr...
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Stocking Up

January 10, 2013 - On one of my winter hikes I found this squirrel chowing down on a nut. It doesn't look like winter has been too hard on...
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Eagle in Lovely Light

January 08, 2013 - Good natural light can make the difference between a nice photo and a great photo. I would photograph these amazing bird...
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Lower the Landing Gear

January 07, 2013 - I like this image of this bald eagle doing a flyby with his talons lowered and ready to attack. Getting the face sharp w...
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Preparing to Dive

January 05, 2013 - These birds can spot a fish and spin and dive within seconds. It is an amazing thing to observe and a difficult thing to...
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Soaring

January 04, 2013 - What a fun and memorable time I had at Lock and Dam 14 while with my wife, kids, and parents. We all took in the beauty...
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Cardinal in the Snow

January 02, 2013 - A cardinal in the winter is probably one of the most beautiful sights. Their red seems to stand out among the winter won...
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Let It Snow

January 01, 2013 - There is just something I love about seeing evergreens covered in snow. I would miss this if I ever moved away from the...
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Snowy Hike; Happy New Year

December 31, 2012 - This image was from my snowy, peaceful hike through Ewing Park this morning. It was nice time and place to reflect on 20...
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Winter Deer

December 30, 2012 - This was taken earlier this morning. I have been really busy lately and haven't taken time to shoot landscapes or nature...
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Worth Fighting For

December 22, 2012 - This image means so much to me on a personal level. This is my brother in his army uniform with his 1 month old daughter...
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Sweet Baby Girl

December 13, 2012 - This little girl is already so loved. She is the first baby on her momma's side and the first in 5 years on your daddy's...
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Silent Night

December 12, 2012 - A sweet, intimate moment for Daddy, Mommy, and Baby Girl. What could make this time of year even more magical than new l...
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Her First Christmas

December 11, 2012 - I've been pretty busy lately with work and other shoots, but I did manage to get a few family photos of our new family m...
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Twins!

December 03, 2012 - I had a great time photographing these adorable twins last week. They were great and we just went with the flow for the...
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Radiance

November 30, 2012 - She is our girl, our shining light, our first born. Her courage and love never cease to amaze me.
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Brilliant

November 29, 2012 - This image of my middle child is a personal favorite of mine. He has such a great sense of humor that I can fully apprec...
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Excited for the Season

November 28, 2012 - This image of my youngest demonstrates the pure excitement that the Christmas Season brings to children everywhere. He i...
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Love my Kiddos

November 27, 2012 - We put up one of our trees tonight and the kids helped hang some of the ornaments. As a parent, these are some wonderful...
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My sweet niece.

November 24, 2012 - Here is another image of my sweet niece. Soft window light made this portrait perfect.
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New Life

November 23, 2012 - I don't have a ton of experience photographing newborns, but I have experience as a father raising my 3 children and it...
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Begging is so Unbecoming

November 11, 2012 - Here is another image of Oreo from this evening using the studio light and octabox. He is doing one of his tricks my dau...
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Dreams

July 02, 2012 - This was taken at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Our middle child, Ethan, loves space. He reads and talks about sp...
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