We planned this “bucket list” vacation for over a year. Sadly, on our first day of the cruise from Vancouver, I contracted COVID. We were quarantined to our state room for the remainder of our trip. The cruise line took good care of us and I recovered by our first port of call but we are still stuck. Undeterred, we made the best of our trip asking friends to take pictures of excursions we missed and took pictures from our balcony when we could.Continue reading Alaska Vacation
One of the reasons we love it here in the Midwest is because we enjoy all four seasons. From January’s winter snow through the exploding June and July summer sunsets to our signature fall colors, I hope you can agree. (Note to self: take some spring pictures next year.)
Deb and I rented a home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida for three weeks partially for vacation and partially to see where we want to live when we grow up. This part of Florida has so much beauty to offer, I couldn’t help but capture a few good shots.
Sean & Julie were engaged a few weeks ago. But they asked me to shoot their engagement photos while we were all together in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on family vacation. What a great feeling it was to capture their engagement pictures. Thanks to my first assistant, Ryan, who did a great job posing our subjects.
Finally, after rescheduling three times and waiting for a year due to the pandemic, Jetta & Zach pulled off a beautiful wedding on 25 March 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. Congratulations to Zach and Jetta Smithwick!
I recently added a couple new shots to this gallery. Bring these up in full screen. You will enjoy the detail.
Every fall, we are reminded what makes our home town special – fall colors along the river bluff. Perhaps the best specimen is Detweiller Drive, a winding park road that slowly spills from high up on the bluff down to the river on the north side of town.Continue reading Detweiller Drive
After spending the morning cleaning up from a monster storm the night before we decided to take advantage of the beauty that often follows by going for a drive up old Route 88 (called Rte 40 now). What we saw were amazing vistas where God blessed the earth. The rich soil here in the Mid-west produces beautiful, flowing fields and cast against billowing clouds on a Sunday afternoon felt close to heaven. Feast your eyes on these shots and the video and I hope you will agree.Continue reading Sunday Drive
Sometimes you plan and plan for the perfect shot. Sometimes the shot just lands on you. This is three of the latter. I believe the Saharan Sands drifted into the Midwest. As we sat down for the evening and looked out our window, the skies lit up in a red tone we had never seen.
Just a short 10 miles outside of Peoria, there is a 480 acre park reserve with native Illinois animals established by William Rutherford called Wildlife Prairie Park. Animals including Bison, Elk, Cougars, Black Bears, Fox, Bobcats, Crane, Bald Eagles, Otters, Owls, domesticated farm animals, and much more can be found in natural habitat. After cleaning up the yard today, Deb & I visited the park. Enjoy the shots.