Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
This is another shot of the Oregon coast. This is at one of my favorite spots, just north of Newport, at the mouth of Spencer Creek in Beverly Beach State Park. That's the Yaquina Head Light on the horizon.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Wind Farms are very much part of the scenery where I live in east-central Illinois. It was no surprise to see a wind farm in other parts of the country, but this one in eastern Nevada is awfully far from any kind of a population center. I guess it all flows into the national grid, so location isn't crucial. This photo was taken east of Ely. That's Taylor Peak in the background.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The Oregon coast never fails to provide wonderful views. This is the view looking south from the Silver Point Interpretive Outlook, just south of Canon Beach, Along US 101.
Monday, July 31, 2017
US 50 in Nevada is advertised as America's Loneliest Road. I'm not sure of that's true; I've been on roads through areas that seem emptier. However the high desert of Nevada is beautiful. On the day I drove the road recently it was cold and at times snowing. This is a photo of Job Peak in Central Nevada from US 50.
Friday, July 28, 2017
I know that I just posted a picture of Dover Furnace a couple of weeks ago, but I got some very good shots of it, so I thought I'd post one more. Unlike the previous post, which combined many shots to blur the water, this is a straight photo of the old dam.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The countryside in this country is changing. In the midwest, wind farms and communications infrastructure are becoming as common as wheat and corn. This view is along US 50 in southwest Kansas, just west of Cimarron.
Monday, July 24, 2017
This is a misty morning countryside scene along US 50 in Londonderry, Ohio. Photographers have a rule that you should never shoot into the sun, but I like to break rules like that.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
It's hard to get a unique photo of the Grand Tetons. They present themselves, postcard-like, to the Snake River Valley, which is where most people see them. They are beautiful, though, in all their postcard glory. This is an infrared photo, converted to black and white, showing storm clouds rising over the mountains, taken at the Elk Ranch Flats Turnout along US 26.
Monday, July 17, 2017
On my recent driving trip to the west coast I drove the length of US 26, which starts in western Nebraska and follows the old Oregon Trail all the way to the coast in Oregon. Along the way it comes right up to the base of Mount Hood, near Portland. This shot was taken at Trillium Lake.
Friday, July 14, 2017
During my recent stay in Connecticut I got to visit the American Museum of Tort Law. As someone who teaches law this was like catnip for me. The Museum was founded by Ralph Nader, who was born and raised in Winsted. As you can see in the picture above, the museum is in a suitably grand old building on the main drag in Winsted.
Nader became famous for his fight against the Chevrolet Corvair, the subject of his bestselling book Unsafe At Any Speed. The museum appropriately has a Corvair on display. While at the museum I was able to buy a flaming Ford Pinto mug, which I will cherish.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
I spent the fourth of July last week in Connecticut. On the fourth my friends took me to Litchfield to watch the firing of the canon on the Litchfield Green. A volunteer group fires their canon 13 times, once for each of the original 13 colonies. It turns out that canon are very loud.
It seems only right that I should add a video of the canon firing. Here it is:
Monday, July 10, 2017
I'm just back from a week-long trip to the east coast. I spent three days in northwest Connecticut visiting a friend, and got to spend some time exploring that beautiful corner of the country. This is a photo of the Dover Furnace, an old dam on the Swamp River just across the New York state line in Dover, New York. It's a beautiful spot. In order to get the blurred water effect I took a series of photos and merged them in Photoshop.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
On my recent trip to the west coast I arrived in the bay area on an incredibly beautiful afternoon. Driving south on US 101 I was able to get off just before the Golden Gate Bridge and drive to the Marin Headlands Vista Point to get this photo. The photo doesn't really do justice to the immense scale of the bridge and the city of San Francisco behind it.
Monday, July 3, 2017
This is a view of Spotted Wolf Pass in Utah, with I-70 wending its way through the pass. For a midwesterner like me, the scale and majesty of the west is just amazing. My recent driving trip to the west coast was my second such trip, and it reminded me that we live in a wonderful, beautiful country.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Craters of the Moon National Monument is an amazing place in southern Utah. It consists of over 1,100 square miles of lava fields, some having flowed as recently as 2000 years ago. It is a stark landscape, but beautiful, with some plant life.
Monday, June 26, 2017
From my recent road trip to the west coast, this is a rustic view from eastern Oregon. It was shot along US 26 in the Malheur National Forest. The mountain in the background is called Vinegar Hill.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Coming back from the west coast on my recent trip I took US 50 across Nevada. They call it America's loneliest road, and the countryside is truly empty. This view is located east of Fallon in central Nevada.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
US 26 crosses the broad Snake River plain of southern Idaho on its way to Craters of the Moon National Monument. This panorama shows the road just northwest of Balckfoot with Big Southern Butte on the left and Middle Butte on the right.
Monday, June 19, 2017
I am just back from a 5,800 mile driving trip to the west coast. I took lots of photos, and I will be posting select ones over the next month or so. The trip took me to Oregon and California, and across the states in between.
This photos was taken in Oregon on US 26 as it travels through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. That is Mount Hood on the horizon. Oregon is truly beautiful.
Friday, June 16, 2017
The Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya, Japan, is one of the oldest and most revered Shinto shrines in Japan. This is view of the entrance gate to the inner sanctum of the shrine.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
One of Illinois' biggest crops today is wind, or electricity generated from wind. This is a winter view of the California Ridge wind farm in East Central Illinois. The photo was shot in infrared and converted to black and white.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Here is another example of the beautiful June skies in Illinois. This photo was taken on the east side of Urbana.
This is a still from a short, 30 second time lapse of clouds moving across the sky. You can view that video here (sorry, no soundtrack):
Sky 6-15 from Paul D. Healey on Vimeo.
Monday, June 5, 2017
June is a beautiful month in Illinois. Trees and plants are green, the sky is blue, and the clouds are puffy and white. It's a good time for photos of the countryside. The photo above is of one of the historic round barns on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana.
Friday, June 2, 2017
In the final photo in my series on photos of people in Japan, we see a Geisha performing the tea ceremony while being watched by some little girls. This photo was taken near the entrance to the main train station in Kyoto.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Continuing my series of posts showing people in Japan, this is a group of Miko, or shrine maidens, at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. This photos was shot on 35mm film in June of 1988.
Monday, May 29, 2017
A friend of mine was recently complaining that I never take pictures of people. It is true that, while people sometimes appear in my photos, they are almost never the subject of the photo. This is because, as a rule, people don't interest me as a photographic subject. I'm sorry, but they don't.
The one place that has been an exception to this was when I was traveling in Japan. I found everything fascinating in Japan, including the people. This week, to make my friend happy, I am posting photos of people in Japan.
In the photo above a Buddhist priest leads a tour of the Todaiji Temple, in Nara, Japan.
Friday, May 26, 2017
This is a picture of the old, but still functioning, grain elevator in tiny Lodge Illinois. These old grain elevators are incredibly picturesque, but are also disappearing. This photo was shot on 35mm color film this past February, scanned, and rendered in black and white.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
This is another photo from ten years ago. The Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park is one of Chicago's main tourist attractions. This photo is a rarity because it shows Cloud Gate on a beautiful day with almost no people around. That wouldn't happen today. The photo has been rendered as a painting.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Of course, the only problem is that the lines are long as people wait in the sun to get the picture.
I shot some video over the weekend and compiled it here:
Commencement 2017 from Paul D. Healey on Vimeo.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
This past weekend was graduation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When graduating, one of the traditions here is to have your picture taken in your cap and gown in front of the Alma Mater statute. It is a beautiful site on campus, and creates a worth memory.
Monday, May 15, 2017
This week I'm posting photos related to graduation at the University of Illinois, which was held this past weekend. The weather could not have been nicer with clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid 70s. The crowds were huge. 30,000 people attended the main graduation ceremony as the University celebrates its 150th anniversary. In this photo graduates pose for photos on the Quad, with Foellenger auditorium in the background.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah is a spectacular place. This is the view from the Islands in the Sky Visitor's Center in the northern part of the park. This photo was taken in October, which is a great time to visit, both for the weather and the lack of crowds.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Here is a nice sunset view of part of downtown Philadelphia. The tower in the background is the Philadelphia Inquirer building. The roof on the left is of the old Reading Terminal, which is now a massive food court and part of the convention center.
Friday, May 5, 2017
As I mentioned in my first post this week, many shrines and temples in Japan are small affairs tucked away in local neighborhoods. This is a photo of the Tatsumi Daimyojin shrine, tucked into a corner of the Gion neighborhood in Kyoto. I discovered it one night while on a walk, and its nighttime lighting had a wonderful effect.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Sensoji Temple, in the Asakusa section of Tokyo, is Tokyo's oldest temple, having been founded in the year 628. It is also the most visited spiritual site in the world, with over 30 million visitors every year. The photo above is of the Hozomon Gate, which is the entry to the inner shrine complex. Sensoji qualifies as a must-see destination for visitors to Tokyo, and is well worth seeing.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Japan is absolutely crowded with Shinto shrines and Buddhist Temples. The two are separate things, but they nestle comfortably together in Japanese culture. Some are big tourist draws and must-see destinations, but many, indeed most, shrines in Japan are small affairs located in local neighborhoods.
Atago shrine sits on a hilltop in a residential neighborhood of Sendai, in northern Japan. It is dedicated to the fire god, Gagutsuchi, and people pray there for protection from fire. The shrine has a wonderful view of the Sendai skyline across the Hirose River. This photo of one of the shrine outbuildings, with its colorful decorations, was shot on film in the summer of 1988.
Friday, April 28, 2017
I live about five hours from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, Illinois. Although I've driven through Cairo a few times, I hadn't had the chance to stop and look at the confluence in Fort Defiance Park. A few weeks ago I finally managed to get down there to see the confluence and take some photos.
The photo above is not stunning, but it is very hard to get a good photo of the confluence without being a satellite overhead. This photo is looking south, with the Mississippi flowing in form the right, and the Ohio from the left. It's a spot that can bring out the amazing power of nature.