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It Won’t Be Long ’till Harvest

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The corn in Midwest fields is as tall as it is going to get this year. The tassels are out and it is a matter of time before the crop matures to a point where it is ready for harvest. That is going to be more than a month from now and close to two months.

Such scenes as this one near New London, Ohio, bring back memories of late summer during my childhood when I lived in the corn belt of central Illinois.

It is reminder that most of summer is behind me and soon it will be back to school time and Friday night high school football games.

Around the time of harvest will be Halloween. Maybe the fun of football games and candy is enough to make up for the loss of  summer.

Written by csanders429

August 10, 2017 at 7:21 am

Storm is a Coming

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I lived in central Illinois for three decades and during that time I saw countless thunderstorms roll in and out. Yet I never once thought to get out and photograph one.

I stumbled across a Flickr page operated by a woman who lives near where I grew up and I have been fascinated with her work in photographing thunderstorms and other weather phenomenon that can easily be seen on the Illinois prairie.

It might look flat and boring to many people — particularly those who don’t live there — but the prairie can yield some dramatic images if you know how to “see” it.

Looking at the work of that photographer has taught me how to see my former home state.

I had just gotten my digital camera when I made a trip back to Illinois. I was driving back to Champaign and could see a thunderstorm brewing off to the west.

I pulled over just outside of Rantoul and got this image. It’s nothing spectular, but is a common sight on the prairie of a storm coming.

I was back in my motel room when the storm actually hit and it was fierce for a while.

I was driving to another hotel to attend a banquet after the storm had ended. I took the long way around, driving through the countryside west of town.

There were some really nice storm light images to be had. But, alas, I didn’t want to take my camera with me to the banquet and left it in my motel room. It was a painful lesson and this image will always remind me of it.

Endless Road

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x-Illinois south of Neoga 800 N Centerline Road

When I was a kid growing up in east central Illinois, I used to imagine that the many country roads that we sometimes traveled extended for very long distances. I used to wonder about how we could have followed one of the roads we traveled most often, known as Old State Road, all the way to St. Louis.

Of course, most of these roads didn’t go all that far. Old State Road only extended to the next county over before coming to an end at a T intersection.

It would have been possible to travel these back roads over long distances, but that would have added hours to a trip and require knowledge of the road network.

As I look at this image of a rural road south of Neoga, Illinois, I’m reminded of how many years ago it seemed as though these roads extended off toward the next state.

In reality this road, known as Centerline Road, only extends another couple of miles from where I’m standing.

 

Written by csanders429

August 20, 2016 at 6:40 am