Perspective

February 21, 2012


vermillion river, la salle county, illinois

hello!

i took this photo earlier this winter while hiking along the vermillion river. i guess that my natural curiosity got the better of me and i had to bend down and look into the hollow log. not an unusual thing for me to do. looking at the world from a different perspective from time to time can be healthy  in that it may spark creativity or unique thoughts; your own personal way of thinking outside the box.

peace,

julayne

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St. Louis Canyon

January 18, 2012


st. louis canyon, starved rock state park ~ near utica, illinois

happy wednesday!

what a great winter it’s been for being outdoors.

i took this photo just a couple of weeks ago. it was hard to believe it was janurary; the weather was so warm that day. today, we woke up to a temperature of 10 degrees. brrrrrrr

i can tell that the days are getting longer little by little, which is very encouraging to me this time of year.

peace,

julayne

 


blue river, wilbur wright fish & wildlife area, henry county, indiana

In summer, we lounged in the river here and took respite from the heat. The river continues to flow despite the cold, it is nearly the only noise in the snowy wood. The energy of the flowing water keeps it from freezing solid. The sun shines brightly and warms us on the sides facing it. We continue to flow despite the cold.

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i’m so happy that we were able to visit this spot again in winter. richard is right; the cool river and shade that the tall trees  provided was a much needed respite in the 90 + degree heat that day. but today, we dressed in layers and utilized the toe warmers  on the underside of our socks in anticipation of the 15 degree temperature. no matter what the season, i’m hopeful that i will always make a positive contribution to the flow.

How do you contribute to the flow despite the cold?

peace,

richard + julayne


henry county, indiana

hello!

i’m happy to report that there isn’t much of that white stuff around here anymore. no sir, it’s gone. not much longer until we can celebrate the arrival of spring. it’s a very exciting time for me.

i thought i would post one more view of the stone bridge. i like the moss on the stones in this photo. it adds an interesting texture.

happy st. patricks day! have a pint of guiness and thank the irish for saving civilization :).

peace,

julayne

My Black & White Winter

March 11, 2010


henry county, indiana

what wonderful mild weather we are having here on the prairie! the sunshine and warm wind has done wonders for my mood. it’s also been quite kind to my gas account; the heat hasn’t kicked on for several days now. it was wonderful to fall asleep with the silvery moonlight from the full snow moon pouring through my window.

most of my favorite photographs taken this past winter have been black & white. i’ve been drawn to black & white photos for a long time. recently, i was inspired by a collection of ansel adams photos. another favorite photographer of mine is herni cartier-bresson.  oh! as far as black & white in  cinema,  if you ever get the chance, please see the passion of joan of arc.   it’s fabulous.  i promise.

with the passing of winter, it’s time to look forward to spring and all of the fun outdoor activites that come with it. along with spring comes color.

i’ll miss you black & white.

peace,

julayne

Pastoral View

February 2, 2010


henry county, indiana

i’m always on the lookout for idyllic scenes like this. whenever i get caught up in a scene, it gives me great pleasure and a simple, peaceful feeling. another favorite scene for me is spotting a red-tailed hawk sitting majestically on his perch surveying the land around him. to enjoy moments like this, i can’t be zooming down the road or talking on the phone or  going through my to-do list. i have to be in the present; taking it all in with great observation.

nowness.

peace,

julayne

ps it actually felt warm on the prairie today!

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December 29, 2009


henry county, indiana

cold, snow, moving toward sunshine…oh my! what a wonderful day it’s become.

i took this photograph late last winter or early spring. i took it in the driveway of my friends who live on the hill. it’s part of an old rusty jack that was holding some spring thaw and driveway gravel. i liked all of the colors, shapes, and textures. even though the photos never came out the way i envisioned them, i thought i would go ahead and post this just for a little fun.

let me know if you like it ;).

peace,

julayne

ps i adjusted the brightness and contrast for the effect you see.