Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I live in Lincoln country. Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Illinois in the 1840s and 1850s, before he was elected to public office, and rode on the Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit, an established route that took him all over eastern Illinois, including regularly to my own town of Urbana.
In the 1920s the Daughters of the American Revolution commissioned a set of plaques commemorating this fact, and placed them at the side of the old circuit route roads on the county line of the various counties through which it passed. The picture above is of one such plaque on the Edgar/Coles county line, on Coach Road between Charleston and Paris. The road itself is just a country lane today, and the plaque is truly in the middle of nowhere. The plaques are now old enough to be historical themselves. Such is history.
Below is a closeup of the plaque itself.
Monday, November 26, 2012
I've been going over shots from the southwest recently. Here's a moody shot of a mesa in Monument Valley, in Arizona. I was trying to create a sort of forbidding mood, along with an old time feel.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I thought I'd post a couple of photos of Villefrenche-Sur-Mer, a beautiful old harbor town just over the hill east of Nice on the French Mediterranean coast. Above is a view of the skyline and church steeple, with the harbor in the background. Below is a black and white shot of the steps above the Place Du Conseil
Monday, November 12, 2012
One of the purposes of my recent trip to Cherry County Nebraska was to get a look at the night sky. As one of the least populated places in America, it's also one of the darkest at night, and the stars are magnificent. Above is a photo looking west over the Merritt Reservoir after sunset, with the setting moon. Below is a star trails view from the same spot, looking north.
Finally, I have a time lapse film of the stars. There was a meteor shower going on the night that I was shooting this, and if you watch closely you will see a number of meteors shoot across the frame.
Night Sky Cherry County from Paul D. Healey on Vimeo.