Halloween Hunt!!!

Monday morning greetings from Peoria!!!!!!!!!

It was an very beautiful weekend here in Peoria!!! Fall is in the air and with temps in the 50’s, it’s time to put that sweatshirt and jeans on!!!!! I really just love this time of year!!!! The humidity of summer is long gone and having the cooler temperatures is a wonderful change from summer here in the Midwest!!!

Wow, the Peoria Riverfront Museum is kicking things up and they had a great event yesterday! They hosted their first “Halloween Hunt” on Sunday and I’d say it was a huge success!!!!!! I saw lots of kids dressed up in costumes and also a few adults got into the swing of things as well!!!! They had all kinds of fun and educational things for the kids from a laser light planetarium show in the dome with Halloween music to science demos with dry ice (always a favorite of mine) and also real live bats!!!!!!!!!! The bats were very cool and the kids liked them!!!!! One of my favorite shots on this promo is the shot of the young man wearing his Batman custom and they hung a real live bat on him!!!! The funny thing was they asked him after how it was and he said, “his claws were sticking me, it hurt!!!” Priceless!!!!!!!

Lots of fun in P-Town yesterday at the museum and here’s a few of my snaps!!!!

Thanks so much for checking out my work as always and I hope that you have a wonderful week to come!!!!!


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Bringing in the crops!!!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all,

Well it’s that time of year when the farmers are out in full force here in the Midwest getting their crops in! If you’ve traveled at all in farm country, you’ve seen the combines out working in the fields. The weather here in the Peoria area has been perfect for harvesting and we haven’t had much rain so the farmers have been working day and night! They have to take advantage of the good weather because they’d like to get their crops in before the weather turns and the rain will keep them out of the fields!

Here’s one of my snaps of a glorious day of sun and dry weather for our farmers! The numbers should be good and the grain bins will be full!!!!!

It’s time to get to work, so I hope that you’re going to have a great week ahead!!!!


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The Moody Blues

Monday morning greetings to one and all!!!!!

Shooting bands in clubs and concerts is something that I’ve always enjoyed doing! For the last number of years, I haven’t had the time or opportunity to do it and it’s something that I’ve really missed! I got my chance to get back into the game this past week in Peoria to shoot the Moody Blues at the Peoria Civic Center. Those of you under 30 probably won’t know who this band is, but to those of us in that 50 and over range, we know all about the band!

I was shooting photos for Frank Productions out of Madison, Wisconsin who was promoting the MB show here in Peoria! The concert was in the Civic Center Theater and they had a sold out show!!!! It was my first time shooting in the theater having seen a number of shows there as part of the audience. One of the challenges is that with any press pass, you can shoot the first three songs and then you’re done! You’ve got to make sure that you get your shots and at most you have 15 minutes of time to get those shots! The other challenge in shooting at the PCC theater is that you can’t get in front of the stage since they have seating there, so it’s either stage right or stage left to get your shots! There’s no time to mess around with a gig like this!!!!! 🙂

The band came out and right out of the box starting cranking out some of their hits! While they were singing and playing I was working on getting my photos! I think that I got a number of good snaps and here are some of my shots from this past Monday night!

It’s another busy week for me, so I’ve got to get rocking and rolling!!!!!! I hope that you’re going to have a great week to come and thanks as always for checking out my work!!!!


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“Muscle on Main”

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!!

I was able to get over to Morton, Illinois this past Saturday for the 7th annual “Muscle on Main” strongman competition, It’s the first time that I’ve had the chance to watch this event since I’ve been out of town in past years. They shut down a block on Main St. in Morton and they set up a bunch of different challenges for these tough men and women! It was raining for a good part of the event, so for safety they didn’t have all of the events. What I did see was amazing! One of the events that I have featured in this promo was the “yoke” carrying of two full sized refrigerators. The object to to pick up the yoke and carry those refrigerators 20 yards in the quickest time possible. Some of the bigger contestants we’re able to do this fairly quickly and others that were a little smaller had a heck of a time! In those cases it was pure guts and determination that would get them through it. You can see the pain that they were going through to get the yoke picked up and then walk with it! Oh by the way, the whole rig weighted over 500 pounds!!!! That’s crazy!!!!!!!!

The other event that I shot was the “Conan’s Wheel” and for this challenge, the contestants had a long steel bar that had a Ninja motorcycle as the weight that they had to move. The object was to see how many times they could carry this motorcycle in a circle. The one interesting thing is that when they started, the bar that they were carrying was up by their neck and as it the motorcycle got heavier and heavier, the bar would drop lower and lower in their arms until they couldn’t hold it anymore! Amazing to watch!!!!!!

Here’s a few of my snaps from the 7th annual “Muscle on Main”!

Thanks as always for checking out my work and I hope that you have a great week to come!!!!!!


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