Tuesday, May 12, 2015

April

Despite continued neglect of my blog, I've been very productive while riding the ongoing roller coaster of our complicated lifestyle. Mother's Day just came to pass of course and was not an easy holiday for me personally though Ava managed to take it in stride. She's proven to be a rather resilient child for whom I find myself drawing strength from as we handle our day to day inconsistency. Before too much time passes, enjoy some visuals collected since last post. Hope you've been well.

Partial Eclipse from the morning of April 3rd










April 11th, nature walk with Ava






April 15th, another nature walk with Ava




April 16th, more nature






April 17th, fun with glowstick liquid


April 19th


April 23rd, Ramsey Lake State Park






April 25th, Creal Springs Illinois


April 29th, Weldon Springs Clinton IL








and lastly, Shovelers and Buffleheads from back on March 28th...










Thursday, April 23, 2015

Southern Illinois Slight Risk

With Ava being on break and in good company, I took the opportunity to explore new places down south on Thursday April 2nd. The intent was to hopefully photograph marginally severe storms however, of those encountered only one was remotely photogenic. In spite of this I scoped out a few new natural areas that I've had bookmarked on my list of places to visit. Southern Illinois is without question a very beautiful region that I could easily see myself living in someday.

Stephen A. Forbes State Park, Marion County Illinois




Carlyle Lake










Finally, from south of Centralia along US 51, a storm...






Near dusk while heading home, I stopped at Ramsey Lake State Park. Walking down an unused service road, a loud and distinct sound like the song of the siren drew me into the twilight forest. Eventually, from along the edge of a vernal pool in near total darkness under an ascending moon, I was treated not only to the deafening call of many but also a solitary performance of the elusive Spring Peeper. Having spent my entire existence hearing but never seeing these creatures except for in pictures, this moment was the holy grail of my lifelong herpetological interest.








Flipping the camera (Canon T3) into video mode, the following clip is reverse ring macro.


It has been an exceptionally busy month for which I hope to get caught up with on here in coming days.

Friday, March 20, 2015

March

Been focusing on the positives lately as well as maximizing on available opportunities. Hard telling what the future holds as time is sorely limited (believe it or not) but my perception of what can be achieved in a measure of it differs from most. The ease of winter's grasp though slow to relax has been beneficial to my spirit.

March 1st - (Hopefully) the last big snow of the 2014/2015 season!


March 11th - Dense morning fog generated a fog rainbow or "fogbow" shortly after sunrise.


Wide angle distortion skews the fact that it's actually very big (note the setting moon for scale).




Later from an area park...


March 14th - Lake Shelbyville sunset.




Pair of geese break the placid surface.


March 15th - Another Lake Shelbyville sunset and this time with accumulating shoreline ice known as "Ice Shove".










March 17th - What remains of 'Mt. Slushmore' from back on the 1st.


Later that evening, the Aurora Borealis as result of an intense geomagnetic storm from back down at Lake Shelbyville. I hadn't planned on being here but was already in the area that evening so it worked out.