Friday, October 20, 2017


A few weeks ago I took a day trip to Pere Marquette State Park and the nearby town of Grafton, which sits right at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. This rather cheesy lighthouse is on the riverside in Grafton very near the confluence.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

November in Nagoya

This is the view from my hotel room in Nagoya, Japan, when I visited there in November of 2006. It's hard to see, but the season is indicated by all of the Christmas decorations on the streets in the lower right of the photo.

The other thing hard to see in this photo is that there is an inflated Santa Claus clinging precariously to the wall of the Hilton Hotel on the right. It is at the near end of the row of lighted windows just above the roofline of the building across the street. I have a closeup of the photo below with the Santa magnified, and below that a photo of the Santa taken in better light.

Monday, October 16, 2017

October in ECIL

This is a typical October countryside scene in East-Central Illinois. This fall has been much warmer than usual, which rouses my superstition that a warm autumn leads to a very cold winter. Here's hoping it's not that bad. In the meantime I'm enjoying the fall weather.

Friday, October 13, 2017

French Riviera--Flowers

The French Riviera is justifiably famous for its climate and luxury accommodations. It is also incredibly verdant with an amazing range of colorful flowers. I don't know what these are, I'm bad at identifying plants and flowers, but I found them in La Croix-Valmer, Provence, France.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

French Riviera--St. Tropez

This is a view of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in St. Tropez, France. The photo was shot from the Citadel of St. Tropez.

Monday, October 9, 2017

French Riviera--Plage du Débarquement

This is a view of the quay at the Plage du Débarquement in La Croix-Valmer, on the Mediterranean coast in Provence, France. "Plage du Débarquement" means landing beach, and is so called because it was a main landing zone for Allied troops retaking France in World War II. Today the Plage du Débarquement is a wonderful beach with smooth sand and nearby restaurants.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Central Texas--San Antonio

This is the San Antonio river in San Antonio, Texas. The tower in the background is the Tower Life Building.