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Carlyle Farm Sunset

This farm near Carlyle, Illinois looked simply idyllic in the glow of the summer sunset as I was driving through rural Illinois. 

Chain of Rocks Sunset

I love shooting the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. No matter how many times I'm there, I always get a different view. This sunset would not cooperate, but the silhouette of the old bridge's girders against the sky drew my attention

Elijah

This is the grave of Elijah Lovejoy, a martyr and hero to journalists. In the decades leading up to the Civil War, Lovejoy was an outspoken abolitionist who championed freedom in his newspaper. He moved from Missouri to Alton, Illinois in hopes of a more receptive audience, but twice they came for his press and threw it in the river. The third time, Lovejoy stood to defend it, and they killed him. Many called it the first battle of the Civil War. Today we remember him as one who spoke truth to the world, whether or not they wanted to hear it.

Illinois Cornfield

There is no place I would rather be than Illinois in the fall. The clean, crisp air, festivals and tangy apple cider, the cornfields turned golden before the winter comes. I could spend every fall driving around Illinois' rural fields and taking pictures against the skies, if I didn't have to get some work done.

Athena's Smile

This lovely lady stood outside a bed and breakfast in southern Indiana where I stayed before a signing in Louisville, Ky. last year. She seemed to know something I don't. 

Pumpkin Patch

There are still places where you can tromp into a field and pick out your pumpkin off the ground. You might even find the Great Pumpkin there - I haven't seen him yet, but I've looked.

Hillside Motel

This abandoned roadside inn outside Kansas City caught my eye for reasons I simply couldn't fathom. It was closed but not unoccupied; it was clear squatters had been using it, and someone was trying to clean it out, with piles of personal belongings left out in the rain.

Fallen Fort

The fort replicating the temporary home of Lewis and Clark before their very long hike stands in Hartford, Ill. near the Mississippi River. The real fort is long gone, of course, and the exact location remains something of a historical controversy among locals. This replica stands on the grounds of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Site, and recently held some damage due to storms. But at sunset, you can almost imagine it's 1804.

Possibly the most ethereal garden image I've ever taken. Spring is too fleeting here in the midwest.

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