Sunday, May 24, 2015


It's been awhile, I know. I didn't mean to drop off but too much life happened. I'll spare you the details but suffice it to say I'm now gluten/wheat-free, egg-free, low sugar and dairy. Frankly, it sucks and finding good food to eat while on the road is a hassle. But my health is improving so I have to keep going. One day I'm sure I'll regale you with the disasters of cooking with coconut flour. Blegh.

Anyway, the Husband and I took a drive from Peoria to Lacon and back again right before the green fuzz started to come out on the trees so I put a little video together for you to enjoy. I'll have to take another one now that everything is green and beautiful. I do have to say, there is a certain charm in the brown right before it all comes alive.


I'm hoping to finally have some time again this summer to post updates of life in and around Peoria so check back soon. If there's anywhere in particular you'd like to see in pictures, leave me a comment.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Go Ahead, Cow, Walk Away...

We were heading home when I made the Husband pull over so I could capture this scene. I'd been watching this building get closer and I knew I wanted to capture it. As soon as he pulled over, I jumped out of the car into some really red, sticky mud but it was worth it:

The scene looks so isolated but there's actually a very busy highway intersection about 100 feet to camera right. We were somewhere in the Texas panhandle, traveling down some two-lane highway and little scenes like these kept coming up. I didn't realize how picturesque the Texas panhandle was until we took that two-lane highway through the remote parts and into Amarillo.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Little Bit of New Mexico / Texas

Just got back from a trip back home to visit family. Saw the oldest child and my folks. Had a blast. Ate loads of delicious, authentic Mexican food and gained a few pounds. Then traveled to some of the ghost towns around New Mexico--specifically Chloride, Winston, Hillsboro and Kingston. Those pics are forthcoming.

One of the things I really, really miss about the Southwest--besides my family, the food and the mountains--are the blue skies. The skies in the Midwest are always washed out. You need a polarizer on your camera lens to bring out the blue in them. If you use a polarizer out there, you create blue skies that turn almost black when you convert an image to black and white. Perhaps it's the difference in altitude (4000+ feet out there) and the moisture in the air here that washes them out here. Whatever the case, I really miss those blue skies.

I'd also forgotten how far you can drive without seeing another soul. Hillsboro is about 2-3 hours from where I was staying. We made our way out there early one Sunday morning and this is what I was treated to:

Miles and miles of nothing but blue skies and open road. Once in awhile we'd see another car but mostly it was just us on the road.

I think this trip cemented my desire to go back there to live.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Fence Post

This was another one of those pics where I made a U-turn in the middle of the road and stopped the car in the middle of the road to snap this pic. There was literally nowhere to pull over to get this photo but I pass this fence at least once a day and it kept beckoning me for a photo. This is another one of those areas I'm going back to on my bike for a better pic:

Welp, this is the last Foggy Day photo. I hope to have a new series up within the next few days so stick around.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Foggy Day Tree

This has got to me my most favorite tree around here:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lights and RVs

There's an empty parking lot that I pass on my way to and from work every day. I've always wanted to stop and get a photo of it because I love how nitty gritty it looks, especially on the foggy days. This place was on my list to check out during this particular morning, except that there was no place to park. My best vantage point came after making a U-turn and then parking on the right turn lane across the road. It was a Gun and Run sorta thing:

I started biking recently as a way to get in some exercise. When I gain a bit more confidence, I'm going back to this lot to get a better pic.

Monday, June 24, 2013

That Ubiquitous Yellow Tractor

Ah, there's that ubiquitous yellow tractor that dominates this area:

Friday, June 21, 2013

Welp. looks like I dropped the ball on that last series of pics! Sorry about that! Work ended up kicking my butt after that last post so I couldn't get back to this till now. Things have mellowed out now so let's continue with Foggy Day Photography around Peoria:

At the time this was taken, I was so looking forward to signs of spring. Spring seems to take a long time to pop up around here, especially if the winter has been particularly long and brutal, which they always seem like that to me around here.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Foggy Day Shoot

The other day I woke up super early--which is unheard of for me--so I grabbed my camera to see if I could find some sings of the Spring which was slowly starting to come upon us.

Spring is one of the seasons I've grown to love here, perhaps because in the Southwest we go from winter to summer with not much in between. 

The next few blog posts will include shots I took that morning.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Last of the Hanna City Pics

This place was definitely grungy and there was some cool stuff to photograph. Of all the stuff I saw there, this was the most fascinating to me: 

Hope you enjoyed this collection!