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Photo by John Lishamer Photography (www.johnlishamer.com)

 

This lighthouse was built by Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan as part of an estate called "Riverbank." The light has never served as an official aid to navigation.

 

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Fabyan Forest Preserve is without question our most heavily used preserve, owing to its location on the Fox River and its numerous natural and historic features. Thousands of visitors spent hours fishing along its river shores and thousands more jogged and biked along the trails and across the river bridge. Others explored the historic elements remaining in the preserve, especially the Fabyan Villa Museum, the Japanese Garden and the Fabyan Windmill. On any given Saturday in spring summer or fall, weddings and photography sessions take place in the Garden.

The Fabyan Windmill is an authentic, working Dutch windmill dating from the 1850s located in Geneva, Kane County, Illinois, just north of Batavia, Illinois, off Illinois Route 25. The five-story wooden smock mill with a stage, which stands 68 feet (21 m) tall, sits upon the onetime estate of Colonel George Fabyan, but is now part of the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

 

In 1979, the windmill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The following year, the windmill was selected to be on a U.S. postage stamp, as part of a series of five windmills in a stamp booklet called "Windmills USA." It originally operated as a custom grinding mill.

I was shooting birds when I saw this girl with her mom walking in the midday sun and snapped this shot before she disappeared behind the big oak tree. I almost threw this away before I realized this could be an example of extreme deep composition with great contrasting subject matters and enormous dimensions--things I feared as a child.

 

Cropped from a horizontal shot, and a noonography!

 

小时候最害怕的是这样感觉置身于巨大的空间和物体之间。

Soliloquy: the act of talking while or as if alone.

 

It was nice to do that as there was no one in the park to hear me! I finally got my snow ... but sadly; no time to get out and shoot it ... until this past weekend. Went for a sunrise (didn't see one) but saw a lot of beautiful, pristine whites ... with gentle flakes fluttering down! *happy sigh*

 

Happy Bokeh Wednesday Everyone! Catch up to all my peeps tonight!!

Went to Fabyan yesterday and met a bunch of bird photogs. The guy with this big white tube told me his homemade was 1000mm long! I guess it was a good time mingling around a triplet of owlets.

 

这一帮人在拍树洞里幼猫头鹰。

After the WSCF Meetup at Fabyan Forest Preserve, I decided to go back a few days later and attack these things with my macro lens, flash, tripod etc.

 

I don't know what they are, but they were on a trellis east of the Fabyan Villa just west of the gate.

 

If anyone know what they are, please sound off.

 

Geneva, Illinois

March 2009

 

LIghting information: SB800 connected by cord held camera right - manual - light adjusted by holding the flash varying distances from subject.

 

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The Fabyan Windmill is an authentic, working Dutch windmill dating from the 1850s located in Geneva, Kane County, Illinois, just north of Batavia, Illinois, off Illinois Route 25. The five-story wooden smock mill with a stage, which stands 68 feet (21 m) tall, sits upon the onetime estate of Colonel George Fabyan, but is now part of the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

 

In 1979, the windmill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The following year, the windmill was selected to be on a U.S. postage stamp, as part of a series of five windmills in a stamp booklet called "Windmills USA." It originally operated as a custom grinding mill.

Display of Autumn color along the Fox River on the Fabyan Forest Preserve. Batavia, IL

 

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Went to the iconic Fabyan Windmill on my bicycle. I have always wanted to photograph this local favorite structure but it always turned out quite unworthy of showing. Today there was some interesting clouds as background and couple of beautiful ladies in the foreground. Even though this is noonography, the light wasn't too harsh and the colors came out okay with the use of CPL.

 

Summer is my favorite season as it is the only warm season here in Chicago. It is a very pleasant state of mind basking in the warmth of the Happy Season.

I was on an early morning walk along the Fox River at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois. I took a trail that was not as well-trampled as the one I was on. A few yards further I saw this. I have no clue.

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Along the Lincoln Highway

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Fabyan Lighthous as seen from the Fox River. The river was so low that I was standing in it. Geneva, IL

 

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Geneva, Illinois

February, 2010

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Flour sack inside the windmill at Fabyan.

There once was a bakery in the basement, something rare for mills. The grinding mechanisms to make flour are restored, although the Fabyan Windmill no longer grinds.

Photo by John Lishamer Photography (www.johnlishamer.com)

Fabyan Forest Preserve

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Geneva, Illinois

 

October 8, 2011

 

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This Canada goose was very irritated at Fabyan and before long it took off, leaving a trail of splash behind. The one in the comments: with retracted landing gear.

The Fabyan Windmill is an authentic, working Dutch windmill dating from the 1850s located in Geneva, Kane County, Illinois, just north of Batavia, Illinois, off Illinois Route 25. The five-story wooden smock mill with a stage, which stands 68 feet (21 m) tall, sits upon the onetime estate of Colonel George Fabyan, but is now part of the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

 

In 1979, the windmill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The following year, the windmill was selected to be on a U.S. postage stamp, as part of a series of five windmills in a stamp booklet called "Windmills USA." It originally operated as a custom grinding mill.

There once was a bakery in the basement, something rare for mills. The grinding mechanisms to make flour are restored, although the Fabyan Windmill no longer grinds.

I don't like heights but I powered through it. The inside is worth going into since we all go there so often.

The giant cypress wood beams, trimmed with black walnut, are all hand joined and doweled with wood dowels. In fact, there are no metal nails used inside the structure.Even the original gearing was handmade of hickory and maple,

You can also learn how the windmill operates by taking a tour, available during weekends from 1-4 p.m., May 15 – October 15.

My little critter friend can't wait to get back to lunch after a brief disruption by a photographer (not this one).

 

Fabyan Forest Preserve, Geneva, Illinois

 

Ha ha, the little jumper got explored (2/25/13)!

The fate of the Fabyan Lighthouse should be known sometime next year. This little relic is showing its age and needs some TLC. Hopefully the Forest Preserve will come up with a plan to restore and relight it.

 

Isle of View as seen from the banks of the Fox River. Geneva, IL

 

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Geneva, Illinois

June 19, 2012

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Geneva, Illinois

 

October 2010

 

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Young Canada goose enjoys growing up in the brand new world at Fabyan Forest Preserve

 

妈妈,这蚯蚓我可以吃吗?

 

加拿大雁乳鸟。

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