Sugar Creek Covered Bridge

This past Saturday I got up before dawn and drove out to Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, in hopes of getting a good looking, while unique, photo.

It’s very frustrating when you make such an effort and walk away without anything to show for it, but I don’t think this is one of those times.  I made a few good ones, but this one is my favorite.

Even more interesting was that my 4 year old son came with me.  He woke 5 minutes before me and was enthused the entire time.  I think the chocolate milk, doughnut holes, and a chance to use a “big guy camera” helped with that.

Monday evening after dinner he asked if we could go for a walk and take pictures, so I got the cameras out and we went for a quick stroll around the neighboorhood.  “Just me and daddy… taking pictures!”.   Yeah, we’ll be doing that again soon.

That’s Really Pretty

Last night as we were leaving David’s YMCA swim class, the sun was setting behind some clouds and it was already starting to get dark outside. A few blocks away, nestled among other buildings, the tower of the Cathedral caugh my eye; it was lit with several lights shining up on its sides which really made it stand out from dusk. I kept my eye on it for a few seconds as we started walking, but didn’t bother saying to Ana or David about how it looked to me.

I really wish I would have been prepared with a camera, but that’s beside the point.

Just a moments after I stopped looking at it, I hear “Ooooh, that’s really pretty”. It was David. He had noticed it too.

Ana and I try to point things like that out to him as often as we can; trying to teach him to stop and take note of how things look. All the times we are out together, and I have my camera, I try to explain why I’m taking certain pictures. I don’t know why I’m surprised, but it’s rubbing off on him.

Back to Monticello

Saturday we went back over to Monticello for their monthly running of their “Southern 401” steam engine. David enjoys trains period, but particularly likes the sights and sounds of the big steam engines. Between runs I got to take David up to the engine cabin so he could see everything, including the fire.

On our ride from the station to downtown Monticello we rode in “the green car” at David’s request, and on the way back we rode on the wooden open-air car so we could really see and hear everything. If you decide to try it out, the timing of everything works out well for a ride into town, lunch at the Brown Bag Deli, and a ride back.

There are plenty more photos available, have a look.

And finally, here’s a video of our ride.

A Walk in the Park

Happy 4th of July everyone!

We spent the morning taking a walk through Lincoln Memorial Gardens and generally just kicking around.

David brought his camera along too, and we had fun stopping every now and then to take some photos.

Summer Portraits

It has been a while since our last photo session, so this morning I got all of the gear out and setup for a quick shoot.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t so quick.  And wow it takes alot of effort to get a 2.5 year old to cooperate!

After about an hour and a half I felt like I had a sufficient set to choose from and we called it quits.  The rest can be found in the gallery.

David at the 2010 Illinois State Fair

Yesterday after work we went out to the fairgrounds to partake in the 2010 Illinois State Fair.  Unlike the past 2 weeks, the weather was great and made for a very pleasant evening of walking around.

David got to see and touch many animals, as well as enjoy a Corn Dog and some Lemon Shake-Up.   With the small crowds and great weather we were able to make our rounds to everything we usually do, with the exception of Conservation World which closes early.  If this great weather continues we may just head back out there sometime this week.

There are plenty of photos in our gallery, enjoy!