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Winter Wonderland

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Snow has been falling all day here in Illinois.  For many, that would mean the perfect opportunity to snuggle inside a warm home.  But for me, that meant braving the weather (and the roads!) to go 'picture hunting.'  I went to one of my favorite spots - a nearby lake - to see what kind of winter wonderland I could find.  I was the only soul there (of course, because everyone else was snuggled inside their warm homes) and the quietness seemed so loud.  In fact, it was so quiet that I jumped a couple of times at the startling sound of animals popping in and out of the icy lake.  But the quietness of a snowfall brings so much serenity and peace with it, don't you agree?

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Summer Storm

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

The other day I was driving through the country on my way home.  Off in the distance, I could see a summer rain shower and the clouds above it were amazing.  The clouds, the rain, the setting sun, the green fields - of course I had to stop to take some pictures.  I quickly took a detour and found a field of wildflowers that I could trek into.  Sometimes I feel like I really should have a caution sign on my car that says, "Warning!  Vehicle makes sudden and unexpected stops for photography."  Sometimes it's just too hard to pass those shots by...

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The Farm

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

One of my favorite places to take pictures has always been my family's old farm.  The old farmhouse there stood for over 150 years, being built sometime in the 1860s. It was filled with many of my family members, including my great-grandparents and my grandma. I love hearing stories from my grandma about what life was like growing up on the farm in the 1920s and 30s. From Christmases around the freshly cut cedar tree to the ‘unsettling’ farmhand who occupied a room upstairs, this house is full of memories. As time moved on, so did the house's residents – leaving the house to sit empty for several years. Time took a toll on the old wooden house, and it was recently torn down. The house may no longer be standing, but the memories of our beloved “farm” will stand for many years to come.

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