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.
I am 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
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.
Carnegie Library, Cleveland, Ohio
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.
When Posting my images, I find that many highly visited areas have hundreds of images posted into a generic category. Many of these are National Park areas and the major cities of the U.S. and the World. I have problems finding images that I'm interested in when there is more than one page of pictures. I find it easier to search categories or groups of related images (topical groupings). Thus, I'll spend time making sub-categories, i.e., Category:Devils Tower National Monument. While I've gotten into differences with editors of categories (to whom I'll defer, once the difference is pointed out), I feel confident in creating categories as I've lived in several different parts of the country, and adjacent to numerous national park areas, let alone visited many. I'll always be glad to listen and adjust to the needs and ways of categorizing things.