Monthly Archives: July 2022

Lincoln’s nose

In order to get this close to Lincoln’s nose, you have to walk right past a sign that asks you not to touch Lincoln’s nose.

Most people do not obey those instructions.

The Lincoln Tomb
Springfield, Illinois

July 2, 2022

wide Elvis

I guess I’ll just leave this right here so you, too, can bask in the sculptural quality of this piece I call Wide Elvis.

Braidwood, Illinois
July 1, 2022


Some photographers will carefully time their arrival at locations so the light is just right, the sun at precisely the perfect angle, and then they get (they allege) The Perfect Image. (And if there’s a cloud they don’t like, they’ll wait until it leaves. Or maybe they’ll wait a few short hours in case a better cloud comes along.)

I am not that sort of photographer. For one thing, I am typically on the move (at an average travel speed of 18 miles per hour*, so my “move” is sometimes almost imperceptible). For another thing, I usually don’t even know exactly where I will be, which is a big hindrance to plotting things in advance. And, finally, I just don’t want to.

So maybe I’m missing out on The Perfect Image every time I’m out. But on the other hand, even without knowing there’d be a beautiful cemetery off the main road in Funks Grove, Illinois, and with no prior knowledge that on this day this exact tree would be in bloom, and with absolutely no knowledge of sun angles (past the part that, yep, there’s gonna be angles), I think I did ok.

Funks Grove, Illinois
July 2, 2022

*”Covered wagons travel faster than you do.” -actual comment from my friend Claudette.


I guess this renovation project is on schedule and on budget. You know, the way these kinds of projects always are…

Lexington, Illinois
July 2, 2022

reading (with Abe)

Of course, when you are in the Land of Lincoln you’ve got to expect a lot of Abe-related stuff.

In addition to the giant covered wagon with book-reading Abe, there is a marker downtown commemorating the time in 1853 when our boy Abe christened the town (just named Lincoln!) with watermelon juice. (“From a cup,” according to the ever-helpful EZ Route 66 Guide for Travelers.)

And both of these things illustrate why you need to get off the damn interstate and look around in these little towns.

Lincoln, Illinois
July 2, 2022

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