Originally, I wished to write and illustrate Wiki articles. Well, there is a conflict of personalities, over copyrights. This was after I discovered that most of my pictures would never survive me, as my family has no real interest in the visual arts, thus, I'm giving them to Wikicommons, so that whatever they may be worth, they atleast will remain available for a few more years than my private ownership will provide. Maybe, they will be used in a photo essay some 5-80 years in the future.
Began posting January 2, 2001. Have reached over 10,000 images and maps. Hope some are useful. Ca. May 31, 2017, There are about 14,500 contribution from me. Most won't be of use until 50+ years have gone by and urban restoration and reclamation have altered these places.
Currently working on the glacial history of the Great Lakes. Which opens numerous possibilities and many public domain maps.
Converted public domain, using current research maps to create a simplified map. It has less detail than the public domain (USGS) maps and emphasizes the information that is of more interest to the general public. Lakes Chippewa & Stanley
Using research reports, I've created simply maps to identify the topic of the article. Tinley Moraine
I've combined several maps, adjusting scales to create a composite for the area I'm working with.
Light blue is modern lakes, dark blue and light blue are the prehistoric lake. Purple is the modern lakebed buried under the ice sheet. Simplified version of USGS (Leverett-Taylor) Lake Warren Map 1908
Lake Whittlesey 1908 & Saginaw
Plate 16 - Glacial lakes Whittlesey, Sagniaw and Chicago -- Great public domain maps.
Plate 17 - Glacial Lakes Warren and Chicago (USGS 1915
Plate 21 - Lake Algonquin
Plate 27 - Nipissing Great Lakes
Lots of pubilc domain maps. Plate 53 - Lakes Duluth, Chicago & Lundy.
More modern vector (SVG) maps would be nice, but I'm not ready to learn that technology, when I can hack out the simple visuals for my articles. --Chris Light (talk) 18:56, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
Actually, I'm gathering information and images for a study on the Grand Kankakee Marsh. My problem is getting sidetracked into peripheral topics. I do that to insure that I've got a complete picture of the places, people, and events around the Kankakee River basin. But, it end up updating or creating articles and submitting images as I go.
Lockhart Phase of Lake Chippewa (glacial-13,000 YBP)
McCallum House NHR site, Valparaiso, Indiana
Elks Temple, Valparaiso, Indiana
City Hall, old Post Office, Valparaiso, Indiana
Historic Sheriffs House and Jail, Valparaiso, Indiana
Looking at old books, I found an architecture book where the copyright has expired on the drawn and sketched images. It's a great reference for the field and the images add to the discussion. Thus, I've digitized them and posted them to commons. There are photos, which may be newer than the sketchs and by others than the author, which I've left alone.
Church of the Nativity, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, & Church at Qalblouzeh (Kalb Lose), Early Christian Architecture, History of Architecture, pg 260
Mastaba Tombs, Egyptian Architecture, History of Architecture (Fletcher pg 24)
Scottish Castles from History of Architecture, (Fletcher pg 520
Temple Plans - New Empire - Ptolemaic and Roman , Egyptian Architecture, History of Architecture (Fletcher pg 37)
Antwerp Cathedral, Belgium & Dutch Architecture, History of Architecture, pg 572