Posted by: David Vernon | April 13, 2010

Walkers and Winners

Matthiessen Lake Falls FinallyHere I go again – using one blog entry to talk about two entirely different things that have nothing to do with each other because I don’t feel right about taking two blog entries to tell you two things that I could tell you about in just one blog entry.

Got it?

Topic #1 is about the bevy of local (and semi-local) photowalks coming up in the next few weeks. The weather here in Central Illinois is distinctly non-April like and we should be taking advantage of that. Let’ s get out and shoot – consider this a little heads up – in list form:

  • This Saturday, April 17, from 9am to 11am, the Peoria Flickr Group is hosting a photowalk through Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street (at the corner of Main and Randolph on the hill just above downtown) in PTown. Details are here – and then we’re gathering for a little lunch at One World after the fact.
  • On Saturday, May 1, I’m leading a walk through Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks. Yes – that’s a lot of park. No – we’re not gonna cover it all. We’ll start at Starved Rock around 10am and hit 2-3 canyons. It’s then lunch at Duffy’s in Utica, and then down into Matthiessen (where today’s picture hails from) for the afternoon and early evening. Again – here are the details.
  • On Saturday, May 15, we are trying something new – a double-header of sorts. We’re going to do a Flickr-group hosted morning walk through the sculpture garden at Luthy Botanical Gardens in Peoria’s Glen Oak Park. Then that afternoon, I’m headed over to one of Illinois’ Seven Wonders – Allerton – for a walk through the formal gardens over there.  The details… the details…

That’s enough for now – keep up with the links above to stay up on the details and please come join us. Any camera/any level – just get out and shoot. And ask questions. And have fun.

Topic #2 – totally unrelated – is just a chance to show you some great photography. The 2010 Pulitzer Prizes were just announced. In Breaking News Photography, Des Moines, IA-based photographer Mary Chind won for her gripping picture of a river rescue. In Feature Photography, Denver photographer Craig Walker won for his essay on recent high-school grad and new soldier Ian Fisher’s journey, entitled American Soldier. It’s all about the defining moment – and these two shooters were on the money.


  1. thnx for the linkage here, especially Mary Chind & Craig Walker

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