25 December 2012


Relaxing by matneym
Relaxing, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Been a while since I've posted on the blog here. This shot is of Trumpeter Swans at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, across the Mississippi River from Alton.

15 October 2012

On Break

On Break Black and White by matneym
On Break Black and White, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Took part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk this last Saturday in Alton. These 4 workers were on their break and I had to capture it. A classic scene.

08 October 2012

Leaf and water drop

Leaf and water drop by matneym
Leaf and water drop, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Took a nice walk at the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville this morning. The water drop on this leaf caught my eye. Thought the shot came out pretty well.

07 October 2012

Blue & Yellow

Blue & Yellow by matneym
Blue & Yellow, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

The wife and I took a drive up the Great River Road from Alton to Grafton yesterday. We stopped at the Loading Dock in Grafton for lunch. I really liked the contrast between the yellow chairs and the blue counter in the place.

08 September 2012

Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith

Senior Airman Smith was killed in action in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Silver Star which was given to his family. The word hero is thrown about too much but in this case it is deserved. May he rest in peace.

19 August 2012


Soaring by matneym
Soaring, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

It was a busy weekend of shooting for me. Wasn't planning to go to the balloon festival in Centralia but I did Saturday with my son. Then today was the annual D.A.R.E. auto show in Edwardsville. Couldn't pass up taking a shot of this hood ornament. I quite liked the way the colors are reflecting off of it.

12 August 2012


Closeup by matneym
Closeup, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

The hummingbirds are going crazy right now. From what I have read they are starting to migrate.

26 July 2012

Half Moon

Half Moon by matneym
Half Moon, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

The moon is only half full but it is easier to shoot when it is that way.

24 July 2012


Roots by matneym
Roots, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Went to the local park in Troy Sunday looking for squirrels to photography. As I wandering around I spotted some exposed tree roots. I love the twists and turns so I took a few shots. They look better in b&w.

22 July 2012

Feeding Time

Feeding Time by matneym
Feeding Time, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Haven't had much luck with hummingbirds this year until the last couple of days. Suddenly they've appeared and are quite hungry. This little one was buzzing around my head, and almost landed on the lens hood. But then she headed over to the feeder and I was able to get this shot off.

16 July 2012

Falling Down

Falling Down by matneym
Falling Down, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Four of us from the photo club took a trip to East St. Louis Sunday morning to take some photos. So sad to see these old buildings in such decay. This was a grand city at one time.

24 June 2012

Albert Hall

Albert Hall by matneym
Albert Hall, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

There was a great photo walk here in St. Louis yesterday. I met a lot of great photographers and had fun on the Delmar Loop. This shot is of "Albert Hall".

17 June 2012

O'Fallon Grand Prix

O'Fallon Grand Prix by matneym
O'Fallon Grand Prix, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

The O'Fallon Grand Prix finishes up today. I didn't get down there Friday or Saturday but Ian and I made it down this morning. Today was the Criterium races throughout the downtown area. It was a lot of fun watching the riders.

02 June 2012

Corn, Trees and Sky

Corn, Trees and Sky by matneym
Corn, Trees and Sky, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

A beautiful day here in the southwestern part of Illinois. We've had a bit of rain so the corn is really shooting up, and the weather was comfortable.

23 May 2012

The First Hummingbirds of the year

The first of many photos I hope.

Via Flickr:
As far as my photography goes. Love these little guys,

29 April 2012

The Hard Knock Life

The Hard Knock Life by matneym
The Hard Knock Life, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

This guy looked pretty rough from a distance and when I got up close I can see why. Look at that poor beak. I can't imagine it is easy to catch food.

07 April 2012

Raven Wolf

Raven Wolf by matneym
Raven Wolf, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Went down to the Soulard Farmer's Market this morning with the family. This is Mr. C. Felton "Raven Wolf" Jennings II. Every time I go down there he is out front playing his sax, a flute or the drums. He's a great guy and I love taking photos of him.

01 April 2012


rabbit by matneym
rabbit, a photo by matneym on Flickr.
I think this guy did a round with Mike Tyson. Look at that poor ear.

31 March 2012

Under the bridge

Under the bridge by matneym
Under the bridge, a photo by matneym on Flickr.
I've driven under the Clark Bridge in Alton more times than I can remember but never noticed the symmetry until today. After playing around in Lightroom I felt that black and white did the photo more justice. This was done handheld. I plan to go back and use a tripod next time.

25 March 2012

A bee in the tree

A bee in the tree by matneym
A bee in the tree, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Playing around with the 70-200L lens today. I love how clear and sharp my photos come out with it. Wish I could afford a couple more L series, and a better camera body.

Hi there

Hi there by matneym
Hi there, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

The newest addition to the petting zoo at the park here in Troy. He's a friendly pot bellied pig. Wish I could take him home.

17 March 2012

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day by matneym
St Patrick's Day, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Happy St. Patrick's day everyone.

Via Flickr:
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.

10 March 2012

Waiting for the children

Swings by matneym
Swings, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

I keep forgetting tp post my photos on the blog here. This one is in Highland. A bit of post processing Lightroom to give it a vintage feel.

Via Flickr:
At the park in Highland.

22 February 2012

Big Balls

Big Balls by matneym
Big Balls, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

City Park in St. Louis. Supposedly these things light up at night. Will have to go down and check them out sometime I guess.

07 February 2012

Backyard Hawk

Backyard Hawk by matneym
Backyard Hawk, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

My wife sees this guy all the time but this is the first time I've been able to get a photo of him. He sat there for a few minutes and let me get a few photos, then he was off!

07 January 2012

Time for breakfast

Time for breakfast by matneym
Time for breakfast, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

While I didn't see very many hawks out on my quest this morning I did spot this guy along side the road. I couldn't stop immediately but turned around, came back and he was still there. I was only able to get a couple of shots off but it made my day.

02 January 2012

House Sparrow

House Sparrow by matneym
House Sparrow, a photo by matneym on Flickr.

Happy New Year everyone. It's a windy day here in the metro-east and the little birds are staying close to the bushes for protection.