Winter Grandeur

The first snow of the season blankets St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Winter Grandeur Art.jpg

A Weathered Hand

The passage of time, marked by the weathered, leathery hand of a fallen oak leaf.

The Weathered Hand of a Leaf

The Enchanted Forest

Sometimes we all need to go back in time and follow our dreams…..

The Enchanted Forest Artistic

Autumn Foliage at St. James

Fall colors reflect in the lake at St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Lake at St. James Farm

Autumn Cityscape

The city sporting an autumn hue.

Autumn Cityscape Painting

A Perfect Fall Afternoon

A lovely fall afternoon at Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

A Perfect Fall Afternoon

Fall Fusion

Maisy blends in with the golden colors of fall.

Blending in with Fall

Tied to the Ocean

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”

~ John F. Kennedy

Tied to the Ocean

Serene Waters

A peaceful evening on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Lapping Surf

The Bridge to Biloxi

The bridge connecting Ocean Springs to Biloxi, MS. The bridge is new, post Hurricane Katrina, after the old bridge was completely destroyed.

The Bridge to Biloxi

Sunset Over the Gulf

Artistic rendering of the end of another beautiful day on the Gulf Coast.

Sunset on the Gulf Impressions

Where Nature Meets

The sea and sky meet at Davis Bayou, Gulf Islands National Seashore, in Ocean Springs, MS.

Davis Bayou

Down Around Biloxi

Striking view of the Gulf Coast waters, pier, and sky of Biloxi, Mississippi, after a thunderstorm.

Down Around Biloxi Artistic

A Walk to the Water

The magical waters of Lake Superior beckon. Photo taken in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Walk to the Water Art

Red Barn & White Horse

Country living at its finest.

Photo taken at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, Illinois.

Country Life

Abstract Sailing Dreams

Sigmund Freud said that “dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.”

This abstract piece incorporates the elements of waves, water, sailing, and distortion — a dream that might make Van Gogh and Freud proud.

Dreaming of Sailing Abstract

The Single Sail

A solitary sailboat frames the rocks of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois.

Sailboat on Lake Michigan Art

Red Barn Doors

The morning sun highlights the color, textures, and shapes of the old red barn.

Photo taken at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in Saint Charles, Illinois.

Barn Doors

Rural Repose

The beautiful old barn and inviting picnic table offer a peaceful rural setting.

Photo taken at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, Illinois. Processing done in Corel.

Rural Repose

Enter the Canopy

An inviting summer canopy of foliage found at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois.

Enter the Canopy

Easy Rider

Dogs like the open air and freedom of the road, too.

Easy Rider

A Peaceful Path

A summer walk in nature along the endless peaceful path.  Photo taken at St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Peaceful Path

The Old Man and the Lake

A day of fishing and tranquility are in store at the lake.

Photo taken at Lake Loon in Yorkville, Illinois and processed in Corel.

The Old Man and the Lake

Old Main

Old Main at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, completed in 1857.

In 1858, Old Main was host to the fifth of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in their senatorial contest. It is the only extant site of those debates, and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

For a fascinating read detailing the architectural significance of Old Main, please see Prof. R. Lance Factor’s account in Chapel in the Sky: Knox College’s Old Main and Its Masonic Architect

Old Main at Knox College

Purple Prairie Plant

Beautiful purple wildflower found at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois.

Purple Wildflower

Backlit Buzz Cut

Couldn’t resist the urge to take a fun snap of a patron at the ball game, whose noggin and short red hair were perfectly lit by the sun.

Backlit Buzz Cut

Liberty For All

Lincoln and Freedom

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

— Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

Fun Day at the Beach

Maisy, enjoying her playtime on the sands of Lake Superior.

Fun at the Beach

Puddle of Leaves

Autumn leaves glisten in the puddle of water.

Pool of Leaves

The Sun Rises

The sun rises in this fractal artwork.

The Sun Also Rises

Horseshoe Seams

Weathered by generations of hands, bats, and unadulterated joy, the dimpled hide reflects a sense of time and character. Baseball is the roller coaster of life that teaches how to accept the good and bad, and if fortunate — like the horseshoe seams — receive an occasional lucky bounce along the way.

Horseshoe Seams

Psychedelic Eyes

Swirls of psychedelic eyes courtesy of Mandelbrot fractal art.

Fractal Leaf2

Peace, Love, and Grass

Throwback to the 1960s and 70s when peace, love, and grass were in abundance.

Peace, Love, and Grass

Tree Alley at St. James

Rows of trees line the woods around St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Patterns of Trees

Art of the Cow

Public art in New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Art of the Cow

Red Tulips

Red tulips fill the gardens at Phillips Park in Aurora, Illinois.

Red Tulips_Painting

Wheel of Color

Fun with kaleidoscope digital art includes this transformation of stained glass into an artistic wheel of shapes, patterns and color.

Madonna Kaleidoscope

Feeling the Blues

Feeling the blues on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Blues on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Reflections on the Rock

Solitude on the rock – an opportunity to appreciate nature and ponder life.

Rock and Reflections Art

Plant Hairs

From Wikipedia:

Trichomes (/ˈtraɪkoʊmz/ or /ˈtrɪkoʊmz/), from the Greek τρίχωμα (trikhōma) meaning “hair”, are fine outgrowths or appendages on plants, algae, lichens, and certain protists. They are of diverse structure and function. Examples are hairs, glandular hairs, scales, and papillae. A covering of any kind of hair on a plant is an indumentum, and the surface bearing them is said to be pubescent.

Plant Hairs

Hotel Higbee

Rendering of the Hotel Higbee in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. The hotel opened in 1852 as the Dodgeville House and assumed its current name in 1895. Today, it is an apartment house.

Hotel Higbee

Nature’s Oasis

Light and shadows paint the circular bridge at the Japanese Tea Garden.  Taken at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois.

Shadows on the Bridge

City at Twilight

The great skyline of Chicago, viewed from Navy Pier as twilight takes hold.

City at Twilight

Portrait of a Friend

Maisy — expressive eyes, warm heart.

Maisy Art_Painting

Distant Headlights

Distant Headlights Ahead

Distant headlights emerge from the foggy country road.

Fog Envelopes the Woods

Fog in the woods in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Blurred Trees in the Fog Art

The Master Lock

The old lock — offering both protection and beautiful patina.

The Master Lock

Follow the Tracks

Animal tracks snake through the snow.

Photo taken at St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois.

Follow the Tracks

Blue Skies Ahead

If you can traverse the obstacles, you will find blue skies.

Blue Skies Ahead

Interrupting the Winter Whiteness

Maisy — enjoying and contrasting with the winter whites.

Interrupting the Winter Whiteness


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