Friday, January 6, 2012

It's Way Too Nice

We are so busy at the office that I did get to head west in the morning to do an inspection. I'd been told it was a duplex near Freeport, 5 years old, so it would not take me long. HA! One half of the duplex was bigger than my house. Three stories and defects everywhere. We have to document the defects we see and it wound up being an hour and a half event. But I didn't care. It was a glorious day and I got to be out in it.

Here are some shots I took coming home.

Highway 64 heading east. In the distance, you can see the water vapor from the Byron nuclear power plant. Would that my daughter and son-in-law had moved there. I could see swinging by as I passed through and leaving my business card with "I love you" scribbled on the back stuck in their door. Byron is far enough away that I can't just up and drop by without warning but close enough that, "Want to get together for lunch?" asked at 10 a.m. is a distinct reality.

This is blurry. I was coming through Mt. Morris. I had to stop for a light and noticed these tractors. Now that's red. "Candy apple"? "Cherry"? I whipped out the camera because, well, I'm stopped at a light. As soon as I got the camera out, the light changed. There wasn't anyone behind me so I thought I had time to take a focused shot but then I saw the semi in my rearview mirror so I snapped this quickly and moved. I should have just driven around the block but I am on the clock for work. 

Lastly, I came over a small rise and saw the sunlight reflected off these corn storage bins. There are no hills in mid-north-central Illinois. It's flat. I believe the usual metaphor is "pancake" flat. There are undulating rises and they can reveal some lovely scenery or unexpected views. The sky was, as you can see above, clear and impossibly blue. It was about 11:30 at this time so we're at the height of the sunshine for the day. You could not miss the sparkle and shine of these storage bins. These are new, at least within the last year or two. There are older ones farther east than this. They don't sparkle. 

It was a wonderful day to have to drive 2 hours for 90 minutes of work and to drive 2 hours back. I took the Interstate to the location but took 2 lane highways home. I saw so much that I considered stopping to photograph but, again, I'm on the timer and I need to get back to the office. I tell myself that I should just grab the camera some Saturday morning and go but I won't do it, not alone. This was serendipitous and I certainly enjoyed myself. 

Beverage:  Water


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