Now that the students are back, we get to see scenes like this again at the bus stop.
When she was a teenager, my wife and her family would regularly drive past a sign on Illinois 47 south of Mahomet which indicated an historical marker down a country road to the west. A few weeks ago she decided she wanted to go find it, and of course I brought the camera with me.
As it turns out, there’s much more to this marker than there may at first appear. It’s one of a series that was was erected in 1922 and 1923 by the Daughters of the American Revolution on the border between each county that once comprised the Eighth Judicial Circuit, following a reconstruction of the route that Abraham Lincoln and his fellow lawyers would have traveled from courthouse to courthouse. A corresponding series of markers was placed at each courthouse, or on the site where Lincoln’s courthouse once stood. (I have found the marker at the Urbana courthouse but I don’t have a picture yet.)
An article containing much more history and maps locating the markers is available and supplies all the deficiencies in this blog post. 🙂
We had just come home from Mass one evening, and my sons were rounding the front bumper on their way into the house when I saw something jumping in parallel to them. I first thought it was a mouse, and then remembered that mice don’t jump like that. It was a toad.
We’ve had a very wet summer in central Illinois, so perhaps it’s not that surprising to find a toad so far from the nearest creek, about 4-5 blocks away; still, I wonder what this fellow was doing at our house. I couldn’t get him to turn around and give me a face-on shot, unfortunately.
Even a side view was difficult, as I could only photograph through a small patch of weeds. The old telephoto I was using (to avoid spooking the toad) is standing up very well to the 24 megapixels of my D7100 in this image.
A little collage from this year’s Fourth of July fireworks. I could not choose my location this year, unfortunately, so a collage is about all I could do. I also had some odd color space issues when outputting the image and some web browsers display the image with insufficiently-saturated color. YMMV.
The kids like to spend occasional summer evenings at Children’s Prairie Farm, a sort of petting zoo operated by the Champaign Park District with help from local farmers who loan their animals for the purpose. Most of the time I fail at getting the picture I want when I go there, which is all worth it for the one time I get a moment like this: a clear shot of an animal with a quirky or humorous expression or action for good measure.