Urbana

March 26, 2011



Yesterday, I traveled downstate for work. My first stop was Urbana, IL, which neighbors Champaign and houses a decent number of off-campus University of Illinois students. Being new to Illinois, I did not know what to expect when traveling to this region. I found Urbana to be a very folky, inviting place. Lots of beautiful old houses with porch swings and gardens, studios and street art, and intriguing little shops and restaurants. Unfortunately, I was in Urbana in the morning and many things had not yet opened! Despite a gloomy, gray morning, I am swooning over the colors in these photos!

One tip: Folks from Urbana do not consider themselves part of Southern Illinois. If you should similarly travel from Chicago to Urbana-Champaign, please refer to yourself as "traveling downstate."

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11 comments

  1. Mal, the colors ARE amazing! You've captured the essence of Urbana. Nice work luv :).

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  2. i LOVE these, Mal! I went to college there - Champaign-Urbana is an unrecognized area that is full of artists, amazing restaurants, cute shops, and friendly people! And you captured it perfectly!

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  3. Thanks, Em. I'm really happy with these photos.

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  4. Thank you, Julie! I was smitten!

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  5. side note: when are you going to post on your blog again?

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  6. Beautiful shots, as always!!

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  7. Thanks, lady! This place had a flavor to it that you would love. Very artsy, homey.

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  8. Amazing group of photos, Mally. I really like shot of the circular staircase and leaves of paper behind the window. The reflection is amazing in that one.
    Also, the paperbark maple close-up is great...acer griseum is the latin name of that cultivar.
    And the stenciled pole...and Crane Alley with its strings of lights.
    All really beautiful shots.

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  9. Thank you! I'm so glad I was able to capture how lovely that town is. You would have freaked over the beautiful, old houses. Call me when you can so we can catch up!

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  10. This post reminds of the pictures you were taking of rural Michigan when you first started blogging. There's just something about quaint, neglected or dilapidated structures and places you consistently find beauty in. These types of shots continue to be my favorites.

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