Monday, April 28, 2008

Spring Planting

Spring corn planting is taking place in a big way but this is not a typical representation. The tractor is old, the farmer is old and the planter is small. The newest equipment could plant at four times of this machinery. Nevertheless corn is being planted in hopes of a very profitable year.

Specil delivery

No this is not about teen pregnancy but I must admit to a double take after seeing a middle schlooler pushing a baby stroller. However it was full of Sunday newspapers on her route.


My Faforite Tulips

A Big Fence

My neighbors closed in their yard with a 6ft privacy fence. I didn't resist the work due to the fact that they have a severely autistic young child they need to keep their eyes on.

Weeping Cherry Tree

The weeping cherry tree I planted 10+ years ago is finally blooming profusely and this is looking up into the blossoms.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New Family Visit

I think this might be the quick work of doves but will keep an eye on it.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Spring Flowers

Can't help focusing on the beauty of spring.


It is hard to take a picture of an earthquake when no damage occurs but the other morning at 4:38 we had one registering a 5.2 in intensity. I jumped out of bed in the middle of it and ran to the kitchen to hear a strange noise there. The plates in this cabinet were vibrating against one another.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Mexican Resaurant

On the way back from the class presentation in ESL the other day we stopped at this great Mexican restaurant and store in Fairmont City

Monday, April 14, 2008

Spring Chores Begin

Lawn mowing has begun this season.

Springfield Visit

We visited Springfield to work on our tourism technology presentation in early May.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Suicide Mouse

This mummafide mouse got into our garage refrigerator's cooling mechanism and stopped the fan that circulated the cold air with its bod. Everything in the freezer defrosted and had to be pitched. I've yet to get the service call bill for this unusual repair.

Sapora Touirsm Symposium

This is Tazin Jermal from TAMU speaking at our Symposium and doing a great job if it!

Kid's Park Design

Neighborhood kids in ESL came up with their own ideas for Illinois Ave. Playground.

Art in the Sun

Warm weather brings out all kinds of new student work. This painting look pretty good from a distance.

Student Commentary

Could it be that if I follow enough students around campus I'll find all kinds of interesting stuff? The art related comment speaks for itself but I thought the Green Movement sign was excellent.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Prairie view

I like this view of Central IL farm country and I will try to take a picture from the same location every month to show the changes. However, the March 9 shot is not much different from this one.

Good Press for ESL Project

This is the back page of the East St. Louis Monitor a local weekly newspaper. It shows our students and residents helping with the IL Ave. Playground renovations.

Crash Landing

You don't see this very often. A crop duster that had a real bad day

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Great East St. Louis Experience

This post is a departure from my one picture a day idea and shows a number of images from our class project in East St Louis. We cleaned up a park that U of I students built 15 years ago and provided a cook-out for the neighborhood in an attempt to have them take more ownership in it.