Posted by: kerryl29 | June 24, 2019

The Next Step

Long-time readers know that during the nearly 10 years that this blog has been in existence I’ve split my time more or less evenly between the Chicago and Indianapolis areas.  In truth, I’ve been doing this for nearly 16 years, all told.  The reasons for this vagabond existence are complicated and, I’m sure, of no interest to readership.  This is a photography blog and the content has always reflected that fact.  People who come here do so for the discussion of the art and craft of landscape photography, and (I assume) to view the images.  They do not come here to keep up with missives detailing the sine wave of my personal life.

Autumn Oak, Brown County State Park, Indiana

The entries that have made up this blog have, with only one exception that I can think of, reflected this fact.  When you come to this blog, you’re going to read about my photography-related impressions and/or see images from a recent day trip or extended foray to some (relatively) far flung location.

Cypress Black & White, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana

This post marks a second departure from tradition.  Without boring everyone with unnecessary details, my wife recently accepted an offer for a new job in the Houston, Texas area.  We are already waist-deep into a long, rather obnoxious process of relocating from Indianapolis, a process that won’t be formally complete until some time in August, in all likelihood.  This will surely affect my ability to produce blog entries in the coming weeks, so I wanted to give everyone a heads up.

Rocky Hollow, Turkey Run State Park, Indiana

And in the long run, it will surely make for some different imagery on this blog as the move will provide access to some new (for me) locales.  Until about a week ago, I had never been to Texas (there are now only three states in the U.S. that I haven’t visited) and, when the transition process is over, I’m looking forward to exploring some new areas–particularly during the bluebonnet bloom next spring and at any convenient time when I can get to Big Bend National Park.

I will still be spending half of my time in the Chicago area, so I’m not saying goodbye to the American Midwest.

Tunnel Falls, Clifty Falls State Park, Indiana

So, that’s it.  I hope you’ll bear with me if I miss a week here and there in terms of posting new content over the next month or two.  I’ll attempt to continue my once-a-week posting schedule, but if I can’t keep up, you’ll know why.  ‘Til next time…

Redbud Serenade, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Indiana



  1. I look forward to seeing your pictures from your new locale! Best wishes for a smooth transition from Indy to Houston, and congratulations to your wife on the new job!

    • Thanks very much!

  2. Kerry, good luck with your move to Texas. In addition to Big Bend, try Guadalupe NP in the fall. I haven’t been there yet, but it’s high on my fall foliage list.

    • Thanks, Steve. I came close to making a side trip to Guadalupe Mountains NP when I was in southern New Mexico years ago, but it never happened. I wouldn’t have guessed that it was a fall foliage location. Maybe I can combine it with a return trip to White Sands…

  3. Texas will open a whole new world of photographic opportunities. Meanwhile, these lovely photos from Indiana are reminders that you can find beauty just about anywhere.

    • Thanks very much, Ellen!

  4. Good luck with your move. Numerous photo ops there! I have a photographer friend who lives in Houston, so if you need any ideas for shooting locations, let me know. I’m sure she would be glad to point out places you should see/shoot.

    • Thanks, Toni…I may very well take you up on that offer.

  5. Aww good luck with the transition! We are from Texas! So if you ever need suggestions, let us know. We’ve both lived in Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

    • Thanks very much. I may take you up on your offer down the road.

      By the way, I envy your current location. If I could live anywhere in the U.S. it would very likely be somewhere in the PNW.

      • It’s a beautiful place! We just moved here two years ago, and it’s been wonderful. We feel really lucky these days to live here.

        • Have you been to the southern Oregon coast yet? The whole coast is beautiful (best I’ve been able to tell upon my relatively brief visits to the areas between Cannon Beach and Bandon), but I spent a week based in Gold Beach a few years ago, exploring the area between Bandon and Brookings…absolutely spectacular.

        • We have once! We did the areas around Samuel Boardman when we were driving down to SF. The natural bridges at samual boardman were so incredible. The rock structures on the Oregon coast are one of a kind. So happy you got to spend time there! We haven’t done Brandon or gold beach yet.

        • I blogged about my experience along the southern OR coast a few years ago. If you’re interested, there are about ten posts on the subject, beginning with this one:

        • Oh wow!! Your photography is INCREDIBLE. Captured the coats beautifully.

        • Thanks!

  6. Best of luck with the move!

    • Thanks very much!

  7. Congratulations! Bet you’ll see some beautiful nature in Texas, too!

    • Thanks very much for the good wishes!

      • You’re welcome!

  8. New Beginnings-wish you well.

  9. Good luck with the move, which I’m sure won’t be easy. But these photos are just stunning and I for one will wait as long as it takes for the next ones.

    • Thanks very much!

  10. nice blog post ….

  11. Kerry, I wish you the very best in this new adventure! I look forward to the new images that will surely come once you are settled in your new digs. Safe travels, my friend 🙂

    • Thanks very much, Lynn. I’m looking forward t the bluebonnet bloom next spring.

  12. New territory for you to get to know better. That can only be a good thing! Wishing you an easy transition!

  13. I love your imagery. Good luck in Houston. I lived there for (too many) 7 years a while back. If you are buying a house, be sure it’s not in or near a flood plain. 😉 I look forward to your posts from there.

    • Thanks very much.

      We are buying a house and, according to FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers and the USGS, it’s in an area of “minimal flood risk,” (i.e. outside any floodplain; also outside 100-year and 500-year risk areas) which is the best you can do.

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  15. I wish you the best! I love this post. Good luck!

    • Thanks very much!

  16. Love these! Beautiful photos! I just started a new blog dedicated to trying out all kinds of new hobbies and documenting the process. My most recent post is part of a photography series! Check it out!!

    • Thanks, I’ll have a look.

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