In Search of Landscape Images…


A Church at the bottom of the climb to the Lorado Taft Campus.

Lorado Taft Campus is situated along the Rock River in the town of Oregon, IL. It is named after a sculptor whose most famous work is the Fountain of Time sculpture that graces the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago Campus. Years ago (when I was still doing 4×5 view camera work) this was one of my favorite haunts. Adjacent to the campus along a bluff on the east side of the river is a statue of an Indian Brave that can be seen from the river below.

When I arrived this morning there were a half dozen or so school buses filled with grade school children and their parents and teachers preparing for an overnight stay as evidenced by all the sleeping bags being toted under their arms. I stayed long enough to capture pictures of the Indian Brave and then continued further west to the White Pines State Park to see whether any images there were worth making.

By now the color is all gone and yet the river that runs through the park with its exposed southern bluff always draws me to it. I made some images and then headed back towards Wheaton. In Wheaton I stopped at the local Starbucks for a late afternoon coffee before heading over to the Morton Arboretum for one last chance to catch some images before the snow begins to fly.

There were plenty of hikers using the trails and the paved auto path circling the campus. I always find the trees at the time of year beautiful having shed their leaves to reveal their structural beauty. I drove both sides of the campus and then headed home.

It had been a nice day to unwind and to put the Nikon 1 V1 through its paces. You can see some additional images made by a more accomplished landscape photographer than I at this website. He is also using the Nikon 1 V1.