Busy Violin Making Students
Students working hard making violins at the Chicago School of Violin Making, Inc.
Making of a Violin
At the Chicago School of Violin Making, Inc., a student finishes the front and back of a violin. The school is only one of three such schools in the United States. A student attends the school for three years making up to six violins in that time. The final violin is made in a 30 day period and must pass strict requirements in order to graduate. The school will have about 26 students at a given time. Most of the students go on to have a career in violin repair. One of the students shared with us that this is a very competitive market. Such a beautiful instrument both physically and musically.
More for your info than posting an image... These mounds contain 16 ancient American Indians along the Des Plaines River in Channahon, IL. These Indians lived, worked, played along the river area from between 100 AD - 1200 AD. They buried their dead in mounds which are found throughout the state of IL. The Briscoe Mounds (named after the last owner of this land before turning it over to the DNR) are the most populated ones in IL. Just to the right of this scene is the mighty Des Plaines river. Quite a wide section of it, beaming with water fowl and industry. One can easily see the importance the river made back in ancient times as well as today. This area is full of rich history! Many land excavations have unearthed arrowheads and pottery.
If you walk down the Centennial Trail in Romeoville, about a mile down from the trailhead near Isle a la Cache Forest Preserve, you will find swans on the Des Plains River. If the forest ranger hadn't given us that tip, I wouldn't have believed what I was seeing.
Walking Through Wonderland
On and off snow squalls, on a very dreary day, made this portion of the I & M trail, in McKinley Woods Forest Preserve, look almost "Wonderland-like".
A Man and his Guitar
Ramone, a "relative" of my granddaughter's mommy, and dear friend of the family, enjoys playing his guitar and signing for others. He says he wooed his wife with his music. He dedicated some of the songs he sung (oldies but goodies) to those of us in attendance. He and his wife have been waiting for the their first grandchild to be born, due in a couple of weeks. But just hours from when this shot was taken (yesterday), they discovered the baby was making a bit of an early appearance and would be born today. So they are off to meet this new little member of the family. No doubt, he will be singing lullabies to his precious grandson soon.
Friend, Ramone, originally from the Philippines, loves to play oldies but goodies. He dedicated songs to each of us in attendance. A very well loved guitar.
Clam Shells on the Half Tree
Clam shell fungus overtake a tree stump on the Centennial Trail in Romeovillle.
Last week my husband and I took a walk on the Centennial Trail in Romeoville near Isle a la Cashe. My hope was to catch some shots of eagles which often fly over the area. So it is rather humorous that I have not one shot of an eagle, but came out with this shot of an industrial photo. We believe it was from a refinery. Across the way was a power plant with mounds of coal. One might wonder what kind of trail has such views. This was the scenery at the start of the trail. After that, it was quite woodsy with all kinds of birds (even though the eagles chose not make an appearance that afternoon) and an amazing number of deer.
A group of young girls running across a bridge over the DuPage river at Knoch Knolls park in Naperville.