Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lincoln Memorial

I live in Lincoln country. Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Illinois in the 1840s and 1850s, before he was elected to public office, and rode on the Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit, an established route that took him all over eastern Illinois, including regularly to my own town of Urbana.

In the 1920s the Daughters of the American Revolution commissioned a set of plaques commemorating this fact, and placed them at the side of the old circuit route roads on the county line of the various counties through which it passed. The picture above is of one such plaque on the Edgar/Coles county line, on Coach Road between Charleston and Paris. The road itself is just a country lane today, and the plaque is truly in the middle of nowhere. The plaques are now old enough to be historical themselves. Such is history.

Below is a closeup of the plaque itself.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Photo of the Day

I've been going over shots from the southwest recently. Here's a moody shot of a mesa in Monument Valley, in Arizona. I was trying to create a sort of forbidding mood, along with an old time feel.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Photo of the Day

Something simple today: A scene from northern New Mexico, near the Colorado Border northwest of Taos, of a field, and a hill, and some fog and clouds. Just looking at it puts me in a peaceful mood.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Photo of the day

Here's a nice fall scene from Central Missouri. somehow it reminds of Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I thought I'd post a couple of photos of Villefrenche-Sur-Mer, a beautiful old harbor town just over the hill east of Nice on the French Mediterranean coast. Above is a view of the skyline and church steeple, with the harbor in the background. Below is a black and white shot of the steps above the Place Du Conseil

Monday, November 12, 2012

Night Sky

One of the purposes of my recent trip to Cherry County Nebraska was to get a look at the night sky. As one of the least populated places in America, it's also one of the darkest at night, and the stars are magnificent. Above is a photo looking west over the Merritt Reservoir after sunset, with the setting moon. Below is a star trails view from the same spot, looking north.

Finally, I have a time lapse film of the stars. There was a meteor shower going on the night that I was shooting this, and if you watch closely you will see a number of meteors shoot across the frame.

Night Sky Cherry County from Paul D. Healey on Vimeo.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Photo of the Day

This is a view of the pavilion in the Wadakura Fountain Park, part of the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Behind it are the buildings of the Maruonuchi Financial district of Tokyo. I like the graphic lines of the fountain park, and I think it translates well to black and white.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Photo of the Day

This is an ablution facility outside a temple in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, where worshipers engage in ritual cleansing of the hands and mouth. I was told that it had been in use for at least 1300 years.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dreamy Nostalgic Look

This weekend I was experimenting with a technique that imparts a dreamy look to photos. It's good for a nostalgic effect. Here is an example: The view is of a 1916 box girder bridge over the Nibrara River in Cherry County Nebraska.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Photo of the Day

Here's a final photo from my trip to Cherry County Nebraska. It's a black and white version of an infrared photo of the some trees in the Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge.