Falls @ Matthiessen State Park

Falls @ Matthiessen State Park
Falls @ Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is a great place to capture water features that throughout the year are great for photographers and hikers alike.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Peoria at Night – BW

Peoria at Night - BWPeoria at Night – BW

Wally and I found a place at a marina which had a high vantage point.  So we climbed the wooden tower on a cold foggy night to capture the skyline of Peoria.  This location gives an obstructed view of the entire skyline.  We will be back to shoot from this location many more times through out the year.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Landscapes 1 – 1st in Landscape Series

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The first in a series of landscape photographs.  If you like the video please share it helps for artists to get seen.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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On a dreary day the busses were still ready to roll

On a dreary day the busses were still ready to roll
On a dreary day the busses were still ready to roll

For generations children have ridden these vehicles from home to school and back again every school day.  These yellow behemoths have taken sports teams and boosters to away games at rival schools and brought the victors or the losers back home.  Can not imagine how things will be done in the future but one thing the School Bus will always be part of the culture of educating our young.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Hallowed Grounds

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Wally and I stop off in many cemeteries and have visited and photographed in almost all the National Cemeteries within our area.  The quiet at a National Cemetery can not be described but experienced deep within your soul. ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Missing the Front

Missing the Front
Missing the Front

On a back road north of Champaign, IL this building lost the top portion of the front of the building the rest of the building stood intact.  It was later torn down but it was interesting to capture the building and this freak occurrence.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Clouds suit my mood just fine

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“Clouds suit my mood just fine.”  Marie Lu, Champion

“In meteorology, a cloud is an aerosol comprising a visible mass of minute liquid droplets or frozen crystals, both of which are made of water or various chemicals. The droplets or particles are suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body. On Earth, clouds are formed by the saturation of air in the homosphere (which includes the troposphere, stratosphere, and mesosphere). The air may be cooled to its dew point by a variety of atmospheric processes or it may gain moisture (usually in the form of water vapor) from an adjacent source. Nephology is the science of clouds which is undertaken in the cloud physics branch of meteorology.

Cloud types in the troposphere, the atmospheric layer closest to Earth’s surface, have Latin names due to the universal adaptation of Luke Howard’s nomenclature. It was formally proposed in December 1802 and published for the first time the following year. It became the basis of a modern international system that classifies these tropospheric aerosols into five physical forms and three altitude levels or étages. These physical types, in approximate ascending order of convective activity, include stratiform sheets, cirriform wisps and patches, stratocumuliform layers (mainly structured as rolls, ripples, and patches), cumuliform heaps and tufts, and very large cumulonimbiform heaps that often show complex structure. The physical forms are cross-classified by altitude levels to produce ten basic genus-types or genera. Some of these basic types are common to more than one form or more than one étage, as illustrated in the stratocumuliform and cumuliform columns of the classification table below. Most genera can be divided into species, some of which are common to more than one genus. These can be subdivided into varieties, some of which are common to more than one genus or species.”

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Cleared for Landing

Cleared for Landing
Cleared for Landing

Moraine View State Recreation Area

When the glaciers of the last Ice Age moved through central Illinois 15,000 years ago, they pushed massive amounts of rock and earth before them, leaving in their wake long and expansive ridges that ripple across the landscape. These irregular crests are called moraines, and on their gentle swells and their broad valleys are scattered groves of white oak, red oak, black walnut, maple, hickory, ash and elm.

One of the four largest of these moraines in Illinois, the Bloomington Moraine stretches across the state from Elgin to the Illinois River at Peoria east to Saybrook. In the middle of this sprawling feature, Moraine View State Recreation Area just minutes east of Bloomington/Normal off I-74 provides an ideal opportunity to enjoy both the tranquil natural beauty of Midwestern woodland and refreshing outdoor activity.​​​​​​​”  Source – Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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No Apology

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In today’s world too many external things are hindering the education and the well being of families.  It is the intent of large corporations to keep families suppressed from gaining any advantage that families would gain if many of their basics needs were addressed. ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Burr Oak

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““It is a Bur Oak Tree that has survived for many, many decades and has always captured the imagination of the people as the town grew around it,” said Mary Lou Wehrli. “And every year everyone would keep an eye on it and see how its health is doing as traffic encroached.”

Herb Nadelhoffer and Wehrli, were part of the group of Naperville residents who would watch over the “Hobson Oak.” The couple wanted the tree’s legacy to live on. About eight years ago they gathered acorns from it. The next spring they decorated their front yard with four bur oak trees.

“It’s kind of a connection to the land. The families used to have when it was a farming family. But now it’s special to us because of the memories we have. The connection to the land and nature,” said Wehrli.

There used to be a sign hanging on the tree’s trunk that read “Whoever lays a hand on this tree to harm it shall meet his maker with sin on his soul.” Over the years, the tree has remained unharmed, but now experts say the famous oak is dying. Thanks to Herb and Mary Lou, parts of it will still live on.

A tree can outlive several generations of families. The Hobson Oak has become a landmark and a place for memories, but the importance of trees reaches beyond just history.”

In November 2016 the tree was cut down and pieces of the tree were given to local artists to create art objects from this historic tree.

Source Naperville Community TV ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Leap of Faith Video Series One

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In today’s world there are countless buildings built based on the faith of people.  Their faith has moved mountains metaphorically while building structures to various entities which fuels their faith.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio

 


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On the Corner

On the Corner
On the Corner

Driving around Quincy, IL found this building that just had this unique shape all around it a sheet metal company has its material all stacked up.  Open space all around the building but this building is well kept as it sits in an industrial area.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Future to the Past – B&W

Future to the Past - B&W
Future to the Past – B&W

In America we are facing a time that will bring back dark times for many people’s rights to choice.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Cataract Falls, IN

Cataract Falls, IN
Cataract Falls, IN

“Cataract Falls, where two sets of falls on Mill Creek create a cascade that drops 86 feet, is the largest waterfall in Indiana. The upper falls has a sheer plunge of 20 feet; the lower falls – about a half a mile downstream – has a fall of some 18 feet. There was a primitive bridge across Mill Creek between the upper and lower falls that washed out in the flood of 1875. A 140 ft. Smith Type 3 covered bridge was built at the upper falls in 1876 and was open to traffic until 1988. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources restored the Cataract Bridge in 1995.” source Cataract Falls website  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Cedar Water Tower – B&W

Cedar Water Tower - B&W
Cedar Water Tower – B&W

Built in 1883 by the Illinois Central Railroad this 100,000 gallon tower and the newly built 32 acre lake helped to modernize rail traffic by eliminating four stops by the steam engines between Centralia and Effingham.

The City of Kinmundy purchased the water tower and the lake in 1961 and used both in the water system for the City until 2001, when the new 107 acre lake was built.  The tower was then retired after 118 years of continuous service.  It has been completely restored.  The Illinois Central Wooden Water Tower was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 12, 1998.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Suspension Bridge @ Lake of the Woods

Suspension Bridge @ Lake of the Woods
Suspension Bridge @ Lake of the Woods

Lake in the Woods is a recreation area that has many spots for family picinics, botanical garden, and a museum open to the public.  It even has boat rentals to enjoy cruising around the lake.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Under the Surface – B&W

Under the Surface - B&W
Under the Surface – B&W

At the edge of the water during autumn at River Bend State Park.  The water was cloudy from a boat being launched at the boat ramp a few feet from where this was shot.  The leaves just became layered as they became water logged and sinking to the bottom.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Tread Lightly – BW

Tread Lightly - BW
Tread Lightly – BW

A foot and bike bridge over the Sangamon River in Mahomet, IL.  People use the bridge as part of the towns walking and bike path between a park and other sections of town.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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Peals & More

Peals & More
Peals & More

“PEARLS & MORE JEWELRY IS A UNIQUE JEWELRY STORE THAT OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. WE CARRY A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF JEWELRY ITEMS, AS WELL AS PURSES AND SCARVES. OUR DESIGNS RANGE FROM FUN, FASHION JEWELRY TO CUSTOM-MADE FINE JEWELRY. OUR ITEMS ARE UNIQUE PIECES THAT YOU MAY NOT FINE ANYWHERE ELSE.” From the Pearls & More website  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio
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You Looking at Me?

You Looking at Me?
You Looking at Me?

“The domestic cat (Latin: Felis catus) is a small, typically furry, carnivorous mammal. They are often called house cats when kept as indoor pets or simply cats when there is no need to distinguish them from other felids and felines. Cats are often valued by humans for companionship and for their ability to hunt vermin. There are more than 70 cat breeds; different associations proclaim different numbers according to their standards.” source Wikipedia.  ©2016 Art BySilent Studio


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