I shot this image on October 4, 2011 – pulled it from my archives. Some of the leaves, as you can see, were beginning to turn to their fall colors. You can barely see two bike riders moving down the trail. Right now, in Central Illinois, the greens are starting to fade a bit. Quite a while before the beautiful fall appears.
Dan O. De Ment
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Tagged Bicycle Trails, Cycling, Nature, Nature Photography, Nature's Bounty, Nature's Patterns, Photography, Walking Track, Walking Trails
I shot this image, the last train through Peoria Heights, Illinois, on May 9th, 2009. I posted it back then but it was lost when I lost my hard drive – fortunately, not all the images. My IT Guru recovered many of them for me.
The train engineer, shown in the image, told me, “this is it, the last diesel or any other train that’ll ever be seen on this track. He was correct. The Peoria Park District purchased the right of way, or made some agreement with the railroad, however that’s done, and the rest is history. As most of you know, the area is now a bicycle/walking track. Right off the back of our property.
Dan O. De Ment
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Tagged Art, Backyard Photography, Backyards, Cycling, Flowers, Home Sweet Home, Nature, Photography, Running
When you find yourself closed in during the winter months Spring is foremost on your mind. The flowers in bloom, the new life, people having the ability to walk or ride in shirt sleeves and shorts, and, we move the clocks forward. (Spring ahead and Fall back.) “Daylight Savings Time,” begins in th U.S. March 12th.
All the outdoor jobs need to be started, ie; scraping and painting the deck, replacing or painting windows on the home or garage, replacing trim on the garage, raking the yard to allow the new grass room to grow, caulking here and there around the house and garage, and cleaning out the garden for new growth. (to mention a few.)
Everything feels different in the Spring, doesn’t it? The birds are singing their Spring songs, the air smells fresh and clean, at first – then the locust trees blossom with a fragrance that some love and others hate. Then, in the Central U.S., the honeysuckle blossoms with another powerful fragrance. (allergy sufferers beware!) Meanwhile, many floral species have already bloomed and we’re enjoying their beauty. Downpours happen regularly to help everything grow to its full potential, while we hope the rains don’t plug our gutters with falling tree buds. (I finally got smart and bought a utlilty pump that sets down, halfway, in my deck, and pumps out the water through a garden hose so the eight inch deep area under the deck doesn’t overflow and allow water to find its way into our kitchen.
So, get ready, be prepared, and enjoy it. Don’t forget to have your allergy medicine close at hand. Oh yes, one more thing, why does March always feel like it lasts forever?
Dan O. De Ment
Posted in City Living and Nature in Harmony, For Your Information, Insects, Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged Cycling, Flowers, Nature, Nature Photography, Nature Wildlife, Nature's Beauty, Parks, Photography, Running, Scene, Spring, Spring Flowers
This Bicycle/Walking/Running track, as many of you know, is directly off the back of our property. It gets a great deal of traffic whether it’s sunny or snowy. I shot this image this past summer. It was fairly early in the morning and, fortunately the track was clear … and quiet except for the singing birds.
©Dan De Ment 2014