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July Jewels

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Travel to Illinois in July? The humidity. The heat. It’s just gardens and cornfields. The pace of life moves like a tortoise. The options for excitement are nil. I have adopted this attitude from time to time about my Midwest hometown. That’s why I need photography. I am otherwise obtuse about the unassuming, abundant jewels of nature. My folks are as content in their backyard as Sam is in the Shire. Their wisdom? Let the beauty come to you instead rushing out to find it. No, they don’t share my adventurous appetite, but they are the calmest, emotionally sound pair on the planet, and I believe it’s because their Disney World is out in the backyard.

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Garden vegetable salads. Yum!  Which shot is your favorite? 

 

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Five Shots: Snowfall

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Since moving out to Arizona, I have met more Midwesterners and transplants from the Northeast and their number one reason for relocation was to escape the frigid, long winters. I understand. Still, it’s fun to romanticize the season with fond memories of warm fireplaces, sipping scotch, and hybernating with family and friends. Let’s forget about the shoveling, driving, freezing, and cabin fever. Here are five shots of snowfalls. Can you guess where I am?

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a winter hike around Lake Laura

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Where’s my car?

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Off to class

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Walking to the library

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a son and grandson

1. Lake Laura, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

2. Shenandoah Valley, VA

3.  Goddard College, Vermont

4. Goddard College, VT

5. Princeton, Illinois