Spring in the Midwest – 2018

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Spring in the Midwest

Well, it finally is getting warmer here in the Midwest and I was able to spend some quality time outdoors this weekend.

Photography is quickly becoming a new favorite hobby. I wouldn’t say I am really very good at it yet, but I have managed to get lucky a few times and be blessed with some great captures.

This week I spent some time in west-central Illinois at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park, near Petersburg, Illinois. Many of you that have traveled in or around this area might be familiar with the area as the home of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site – a reconstruction of the former village of New Salem in Menard County, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Here are a few of the photos I captured in the first few days in the area. So, here’s to Spring 2018. Enjoy – leave some feedback if you love or even if you hate the photos. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

spring flower
Spring flower – taken with iPhone 8s


midwest sunset
Midwest Sunset


great barred owl
Great Barred Owl


great barred owl
Great Barred Owl – Closeup



This last photo of the Moon is my very first attempt to capture a good photo of it. This photo was taken with a Point and Shoot – Nikon Cool Pix P900 with that incredible zoom it has. I was pretty happy with the result – enhanced slightly in Lightroom for clarity and some light but no filters added otherwise.

Thanks for stopping by folks. I hope everyone has a great spring.

Spring in the Midwest 2018

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    1. I did take that with a point and shoot. It’s a higher end version of a point and shoot but a pretty decent camera to start on. I still use it for certain things. Nice camera if you are looking for one.

    1. Thank you very much. I got really lucky with the owl picture. You just don’t see them very often, let alone where you can get a good photo. He sat there for quite a while for me – I got about 15 or 20 pictures of him and those were the best. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Awesome – What part?? Mostly Illinois here. I am making it one of my goals to travel and experience as much of the Midwest as possible. Pretty much been to all Midwest states, but there is so much more to see. The Midwest really is a gem of an area. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the follow. I’ll look forward to seeing some of your work. 🙂

      1. I’m from Iowa! I agree that it is a hidden gem! It was a wonderful place to grow up! I really love the Maquoketa Caves! If you havent been already you should check it out sometime! ☀️

      2. I’ll have to – been to several of the caves and caverns in the area. Love Iowa – probably done more things in Iowa than any of the Midwest states.

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