Friday, June 29, 2012

Photo of the Day

We need some color on this blog, so here is a bucolic summer scene, captured this week southeast of Philo Illinois, and rendered as a painting. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Photo of the Day

Young corn, traffic signs, and the sky, in infrared. Champaign County, IL

Monday, June 25, 2012

Chanute Air force Base--Part 2

More photos from my morning at the old Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL. Above is an infrared shot of the old base headquarters, which is apparently for sale. Most of the buildings still standing on the base could be bought for a song, if anyone was interested.

Above is the base fire station. The water tower behind it is covered with what looks to be a parachute.

Since Chanute was a training base, and a big one, it had lots of dorm-like buildings for the ever rotating groups of Air force students. During the cold war as many as 12,000 students trained here at one time. Below is the east half of Faktor Hall, one of the old dorms.

Finally, an infrared panorama of open space on the base, and the old Air Force plane that stands sentinel at the edge of the air field.

Chanute is located in Rantoul, Illinois, which is about 120 miles south of Chicago in I-57, and about 15 miles north of Champaign-Urbana. The base is open to the public and can be explored. There is a good air museum there that's worth a visit. More information at

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Chanute Air Force Base--Part 1

Just 15 miles due north of where I live is the old decommissioned Chanute Air Force Base. Chanute was a major training base from 1917 to 1993, first for the Army Air Corps, and then for Air Force. In 1993 it was shut down, and the property reverted to the village of Rantoul, which gamely but unsuccessfully has tried to redevelop it into commercial property. The closing of the base was an economic blow that the village has never recovered from.

The pictures above are of White Hall, which was for a while the largest military office building in the world, until it was eclipsed by the Pentagon. Efforts to sell it or convert it for business use have failed, and it is now scheduled to be demolished. It was the recent announcement of the building's scheduled demise that got me to finally spend a morning exploring the base with my camera.

Many of the base's buildings have been cleared, leaving overgrown trees and crumbling concrete streets. This contrasts with pockets of economic activity in some remaining buildings, and signs of life from the old base housing, most of which appears occupied.

In my next post, more scenes from Chanute, including some infrared shots.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Photo of the Day

Thunderhead, east of Urbana, Illinois. This is an infrared photo, converted to black and while. Infrared is most often cited for its effect on foliage, but I find that I like what it does to clouds and the sky even more.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Photo of the Day

From my recent evening rambles in the nice weather, here is a shot of clouds that I like, rendered in black and white.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Photo of the Day

It was a beautiful day yesterday, so I went for drive in the evening. Right at sunset I came across this farm elevator basking in the setting sun. I love the geometric forms of these things, but the rich color from the sunset enhanced it even further. This is at the intersection of Illinois 49 and US 150, a few miles east of Ogden, Illinois.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Photo of the Day

Wednesday was a beautiful day here in East-Central Illinois, and I ended up passing through the little town of Bondville, where the local Methodist church caught my eye. Above is an infrared view of the church, while below is a regular color version of the scene.