Sunset at Cane Creek Park

Tree Silhouetted at Sunset~ Tree Silhouetted at Sunset ~

Reflected Sunset~ Reflected Sunset ~


Day 314 A Drop of Sunshine

Day 314 A Drop of Sunshine by pixygiggles
Day 314 A Drop of Sunshine, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

David has had this week off from work since the factory he works at is all caught up for the season. He’s been a bit restless, so we went for a walk at Cane Creek Park today. The fresh air and exercise did us both some good.

We saw the coolest thing. There was a gentleman riding an Outdoor Elliptical Bike. I’ve never seen one before. I didn’t even know something like that existed. I doubt very seriously that I could ever justify spending $1,799.00 on something like that for myself; but it sure looked like a lot of fun and a great workout, too. Fascinating the things people come up with nowadays!

Day 290 Autumn Caterpillar

Day 291 Autumn Caterpillar by pixygiggles
Day 290 Autumn Caterpillar, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

I didn’t get my walk last week, so I went today. This caterpillar was by far my favorite find of the day. I have no idea which species it is, and I’ve exhausted all of my usual identification tools. I’ll have to ask for some help on Project Noah with this one. If anyone recognizes it, please, do tell. I’m obsessed with knowing the proper names for all of my finds.

Cane Creek Park is full of color as the trees transition into their autumn splendor. I love the scent in the air that accompanies autumn and the cool, brisk temperatures.

The allergies, I could do without. The walk relieved the dull headache I’ve had for the past couple of days, at least, temporarily. It returned with a vengeance as I made my way back home. I’m thinking some hot tea and Benadryl might be in order for the evening.

Update: The good people over at Project Noah solved the mystery yet again. This is a Smeared Dagger Moth caterpillar, Acronicta oblinita.  It is best use caution with this type of caterpillar because they can “sting” if handled.

An Ode to Summer’s End

Nature’s Tranquility

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

A Kiss of Sunshine

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ironweed (Vernonia altissima)

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~ Aristotle

Early Autumn Maple

“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein

Longjawed Orbweaver (Tetragnatha)

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Eerily Still

“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh


“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Ailanthus Webworm Moth on Buttonbush

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

The Fishing Dock

“Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne.”
~ Barry Cornwall

A beautiful rendition of Chopin: Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2 by Thomas Nielsen for your listening pleasure. 🙂

Day 258 Geese Silhouetted in Golden Sunset

Inspired by the evening I spent watching the sunset at Illinois Beach State Park a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take a later walk at Cane Creek Park this evening. I am so glad I did. I got some amazing shots. I was so captivated by the setting sun that I completely forgot about being self-conscious of the curious stares that I often get when I’m out in public photographing nature. I often wonder how photographers get over that feeling of being “exposed” or if I’m the only person who has felt this.

This reminds me of another day I was at Cane Creek Park photographing some wild raspberries just off the path. As a jogger ran past, he made the comment, “You’re supposed to eat them, not photograph them.” This rather obvious statement made me laugh, but it also ended up preventing me from getting a decent photo of the intended subject. Looking back, now, I realize that it wasn’t his statement that caused me to be self-conscious. Rather, it was my own thoughts and self-doubt that crept in, as is usually the case. Confidence is key in any creative endeavor!