Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everyone! You know, one of my favorite things to photograph (besides awesomely fun couples) is landscapes and flowers. I like to get out away from the buzz of the city and my daily routine and enjoy being out in a field or state park.

The other day I was fortunate enough to capture some nature tucked away in the urban cityscape. The clouds calmed and stopped pouring rain on my head just long enough to get some spring images in the backyard of the Peoria County Courthouse. There were blossoming trees, a colorful array of tulips, and a plethora of robins, sparrows, and songbirds. I had my own little nature park while I was there, right in the heart of Peoria.

I had been thinking about Earth Day earlier this week and what it means to my business and one of the things that I am striving for is to run a "green" business. I'm not extreme by any means, but I try to run as paperless as I can, hosting images online and only printing contracts to sign - otherwise operating by electronic means. I use rechargeable batteries in all of my gear. I'm using recyclable packaging where I can. I'm sure there is plenty of room for improvement. But, it is one small thing I can do to ensure those little special nature spots are there for years to come for all of us to enjoy and photograph. Does anyone have any good "green" suggestions for me? I would love to hear them.

Here are some shots from my little urban nature fun while not getting rained on (but possibly playing in some puddles):