I acquired a passion for the outdoors while growing up in Hammond, Indiana. My family would vacation in Northern Wisconsin every year. We would spend three weeks camping and fishing on Lake Namekagon near Cable, Wisconsin and looked forward to that trip every year. Every summer, we would also take several trips to Turkey Run State Park near Rockville, Indiana to hike along Sugar Creek and enjoy the amazing geology of that area. Every October, we would travel back to Rockville for the Covered Bridge Festival and would spend the entire day driving around the back roads of Parke County looking for Covered Bridges.

Now, several years later, my parents have retired to Northern Wisconsin very near the lake we camped at and I am living in Chrisman, Illinois with my wife and two daughters. Ironically, I’ve come full circle. My family goes camping and fishing in Northern Wisconsin at the same lake I did as a child and Chrisman happens to be a short 30 minute drive back to Turkey Run and the Covered Bridges of Parke County, Indiana, which my family now visits frequently every summer.

We have family in many areas of the country – Wisconsin, Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Florida – who we visit as much as we can. You will see that influence in my pictures as many of the pictures on this site have been taken during visits to our family.

While the pictures you see here have been taken within the last three years, they really portray not only my recent visits to these places, but also memories of my past as well.

My favorite photos are those that you can look at and feel like you are right there hearing the sounds, smelling the smells and feeling the peacefulness as I did when I was there.

I sincerely hope you enjoy my photos.
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  • Joined: September 2008


Photo Ops in St. Petersburg, FL??

Looking for new areas with some good photo ops from the St. Petersburg, Florida area down to Fort Myers. I just got a new job and will be moving from Central Illinois to St Petersburg in a couple of weeks so I’ll be looking for some new places to take photos., My family is in Cape Coral, so I’ll be there most weekends… Any suggestions??
Posted over 5 years – Leave a comment


Well, I got up before sunrise this morning and drove an hour and a halft to get to Cataract Falls in Indiana and took about 150 pictures. When I got home and started to transfer my files from my Memory Card, I accidentally hit the delete button and began deleting my files. Before I could hit Cancel, I deleted 75 images. / I found a program on line (Freeware) called Undelete360 from, where else,…
Posted about 6 years – Leave a comment

Here comes the ice!!

Well, The freezing rain started about 3:00 here in Chrisman, Illinois. Forcast is for up to an inch of ice and 7-9 inches of snow… We’ve got about 1/8 inch so far and this is just beginning. Supposed to continue tonight, tomorrow and into Wednesday. Praying that the power stays on.
Posted over 6 years – 7 comments


Well, I finally went through with it and joined facebook… My wife’s been on for a while, but I’ve been procrastinating… / Anyway, last weekend I created a fan page for my photos. It’s still a work in progress, but if you’re on facebook, check it out with the link below. / Captured Solitude Photography / Jeff
Posted about 7 years – Leave a comment
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