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Guest 18-May-2024 19:57
I do a lot of cycling in the countryside , and I want to do a gallery about the country side and you give me the inspiration to do it , thank you
Guest 18-May-2024 19:55
Hello Tom , this comment is about Midwest Rural Scenes I do a lot of cycling in the countryside , and I want to do a gallery about the country side and you give me the inspiration to do it , thank you
Bill Montgomery 22-Nov-2021 18:14
Your photography is so superior!
Attention to detail amongst the sometimes most obscure and taken for granted subjects.
This is a wonderful vehicle to share it. I almost wrote share all of it, but I know from experience only the best we do we feel can be shared.
Wishing you all the best, Tom.
Dick Craven06-Jan-2021 23:15
I love the wood gallery and the way you have arranged your galleries.
Dino Mehaffie 23-Apr-2020 04:46
Dear Mr. Robbins,
I am an artist and was wondering if I can use your Ethanol Corn Stock image for a reference for a painting I would like to do?
Thank you,
Dino Mehaffie
John B. Chandler16-Apr-2020 16:33

I wanted to comment on your midwest gallery but I couldn't find a way to comment for some reason. What I wanted to say is that after living in both high-density urban areas and in a very rural area, those who haven't lived in both don't actually realize how different the worlds are. I'm partial to the rural areas because of the relaxed slower pace but is nevertheless full of industry -- it's just more spread out.

I enjoyed looking through the very nice photos in the gallery for two reasons. One is that they are nice photos and the other is because they show the point I made above.

--John Chandler
Eli Finkelstein21-Oct-2018 18:26
Nice monochrome gallery, I enjoyed it.
Steve Toole 21-Jul-2018 17:18
Ran in to you today at Franklin Creek State Park. I love your work!
Walt Lutz 17-Mar-2018 11:52
Your bird photos are exquisite. Very nice work.
CEL 04-Jul-2016 23:02
I wanted to paint some butterflies and needed some photos, thanks yours are astounding!
Nina Ludwig15-Apr-2016 15:53
Loved your Nothing but wood gallery and also the Fungi. I will spend some more time soon to look at the rest. I look forward to it.
cafe18-May-2015 09:45
I'm the man, but you're the master. Master of beautiful pictures...
perte cheveux17-May-2015 12:00
Your gallery is very impressive
Judy 05-Apr-2015 22:02
I just want to thank you for the wildflower photos. What a wonderful resource. I was able to ID several flowers I saw on a hike today in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Frankie Foster 05-Feb-2015 23:29
Your gallery "Nothing But Ice" is beauttiful photography ! Thank you for sharing !
oscark15-Jan-2015 10:35
Excellent landscape pictures!
Margot Nowicke 22-Nov-2014 15:16
I just stumbled upon your galleries. What a delightful morning I've had perusing your photos! Thank you so much for sharing them.. My husband hassle aye dabbled in photography but always strives to improve his art. I'm sure he will learn a lot from your galleries.
Barry McCartney30-Jul-2014 20:02
Hi - I just came across your site - very nice work, especially your Midwest Farming and Rural Scenes.
have added you to my favorites list.
Ken 30-May-2014 22:00
I don't know how I found your photos, have been looking at them for over 2 hours. Love your work. Everything I looked at was monochrome which took me back to my high school days in the 60's. Thank you for posting these and sharing them.
Christian Dumont09-May-2014 06:34
I especially appreciated the compositions and treatment monchrome gallery
Mary Richgels 18-Mar-2014 00:25
Every day I look forward to the pictures you post on Facebook. Today I took a look at some of your bird galleries and the pictures are impossibly beautiful. Thank you for being so generous and sharing these wonderful pictures.
promeneur16-Jan-2014 19:53
J'aime beaucoup vos images. Merci.
Guest 10-Dec-2013 22:01
How would a person go about ordering and pricing some the the pictures?
Bob Gardner 12-Nov-2013 19:20
Tom, I just discovered your pictures online. Wow, they are great.

It has been a long time since our paths have crossed. I hope this finds you and family well.

Is it possible I could use some of your pictures for my company's website? Communicate direct with me if you like at my email address or phone.

By the way, my brother Bill is in a nursing home in Chesterfield and not doing well.
Dorothy Chute 04-Nov-2013 15:19
Your photograph's are wonderful! I write in your guestbook to publicly thank you for allowing me to use your photo titled "Pastoral Lane" as the cover of my Family Genealogy Book. It turned out beautiful.....Thanks Again.
Brian Brutcher 10-Oct-2013 05:14
I enjoyed the Hennapin canal photos they were stunning and brought back many memories.
Guest 30-Aug-2013 18:43
Great "Rocks" series, I really like it!
JeffeeArt4u 08-Aug-2013 20:21
Enjoyed the birds and plant photography galleries visited. Lots of nice closeups. I noticed you camera, no wonder you have some great shots. I live ajoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in TN / USA. Search Gourley Garden
Matthew Ignoffo 19-Jul-2013 15:52
Leopard frog #1 is a pickerel frog.
Being Me14-Jul-2013 15:09
Fantastic work!
Don28-Mar-2013 19:43
Hi Tom,

I too was disappointed that there's no option to comment on individual galleries and images.

I was very interested in the Nachusa Grasslands restoration, and in particular the woodland/grassland transition - a fascinating environment. There are many ecological equivalents in my home country of Australia, particularly in semi-arid parts of the south, but once the grasslands have been plowed and phosphate added to the soil for cropping, the grassland flora is more or less irreparably destroyed.

Is fire important in maintaining the woodland/grassland transition?

Regards, Don
PiJoly04-Mar-2013 17:00
Hello Tom,
I love discovering scenes from elsewhere that resembles scenes from my own place
And also the same object in the same place photographed by someone else, with his own vision of the subject.

Here is your photo from Illinois :
And here is mine from Québec :

I browse many times through your galleries and enjoyed them a lot and wanted to comment on some individual image, but you seem to have disabled that feature.

I don't understand because you did a very good job on all !?

Best regards ___Keep shooting . . .
rdavisphotos15-Feb-2013 00:14
Hi Tom, Great collection of fungi photos. Really like your lighting choices.
Nina Ludwig09-Feb-2013 18:34
Hi Tom

Just browsed through some of your galleries and enjoyed them a great deal. Wanted to comment on individual images, but you seem to have disabled that feature.
Guest 04-Jan-2013 17:19
Tom, your flower photos are incredible. I carve and use both wood and metal to try and make exact replicas of flowers/plants. I have taken close photos but have never seen such great details as yours. Thanks, Jim
Gerald Rozemeijer08-Oct-2012 13:03
Hi Tom
wow, had a great time seeing your wonderful work !!
thanks Gerald
Jonna Blough 02-Oct-2012 14:21
Mr Robbins: I have pictures of a tree fungus that I don't think you have! I'd like to send them to you for your expertise in identification. Please contact me at

marek brandejs 24-Sep-2012 16:35
beautiful photos. best for me - serie Nothing but Wood
Chuck Cress 08-Aug-2012 13:45

Terry Hannan forwards your pictures you send him to me. I really enjoys your photos and have been on your gallery. There are alot of interesting things and sites to take photos of in the Midwest if you have the interest and the eye to look for it. I hope to see more of your work in the future.

Chuck Cress
Gary A. Rich (GRainelev)02-Aug-2012 02:57
I enjoy looking at your railroad and grain elevator shots. There are two grain elevators that are outstanding. The Utica elevator with the grain dryer working and the canal. The other one is the abandoned elevator with the corn field.
I shoot a lot of grain elevator out here in the west. Please take a look at some of my galleries.
Great job. Looking forward to other images.
Gary Rich
Sandy Rich27-Jul-2012 19:59
Love the clouds in Morning Light. Looks like the day woke up a little angry
Koalamountain08-Jul-2012 19:06
Great collection of galleries.
Thanks for sharing
Rgds Rolf, Germany
Guest 03-Apr-2012 00:09
Hello Tom Robbins,

Awe, is the word that comes to mind, and thank you! I am grateful for the stunning photos of the mushrooms -helped me id a mushroom I saw along the North Branch of the Chicago River Bike Trail just north of Touhy Ave. I will come back to your site to look at more of your artful photographic works depicting nature's marvels. Loving exchange through a camera lens . . .heartening and amazing. Thanks again!
Rose Forrest
Antonio Correia 31-Mar-2012 21:39
Intimate water is a very interesting gallery with nice images.
Well done :)
Sandy Rich29-Mar-2012 18:40
Love the monochrome. Gives you such a different look at things.
Barbara Pierce Drew 11-Mar-2012 00:09
I love your photos!
Kelly Meier 01-Mar-2012 19:04
We are in the process of producing an exhibit for Peoria Riverfront Museum and are interested in using some of your images. Please contact me.
Guest 25-Dec-2011 20:08
Hi Tom, I was fascinated by the beautiful images in your "intimate Water" gallery.
Thanks for sharing.
Marc Ruediger21-Nov-2011 11:11
Superb monochrome gallery, Well done!
Cheers, Marc
Claude09-Oct-2011 01:02
Excellent B/W photography, great gallery.V
alain_frechette16-Aug-2011 01:11
Just to let you know that I was touched by your Intimate Water gallery. Very sensual with a lot of great pictures. Dont find the way to vote or comment directly.

Dian Chapman 11-Apr-2011 18:18
Just HAD to stop by to thank you for your site and wonderful work! Recently moved out of a half century of living in Chicago to the 'country' and awoke to an Osprey in my yard tree helping me enjoy my morning coffee from the deck. HAD to learn more about the birds in my yard and stumbled upon your site while searching for Midwest birds. THANKS! Wonderful stuff, which I plan to investigate much more. Cheers...
Julie Coker 15-Feb-2011 01:50
Stumbled upon your work trying to find the name of these large black birds we have in Kansas City these past 2 weeks. Loved your midwest winter birds and the summer and fall birds as well. I could see myself doing some kind of a collage with many of those bird images with perhaps the name of the bird watermarked somewhere on each image. It would teach me and the kids about our birds! And my MIL would love to have all the Vermillion images, as she lives near the Vermillion River. Great work! And of course, I had to check out Intimate Water gallery that everyone has raved about here. Loved many of those images!
Ed Barna20-Dec-2010 06:34
I think we share an aesthetic, one of looking for intriguing patterns regardless of scale. You might enjoy some of my galleries of Vermont images, particularly "Boulder and Boulder", at www,
Mark Chambers ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE318-Dec-2010 19:47
Your Intimate Water shots for me are fantastic. Keep up the great work.
Guest 07-Nov-2010 06:29
time; just saw your 'Intimate Waters' gallery and was exremely impressed. Tried to leave message, but blocked out-your choise. Raeally love your approach--capturing details of the rivers and the waters. Beautifully done. Congrats!! Sincerely; Lee
Ken Zaret09-Oct-2010 15:31
Tom, Outstanding work. My favorites were the leaf and railroad galleries. The leaf images are very expressive, beautifully exposed too (which is to say, not over-exposed or too saturated). A wonderful, natural feel and excellent comp.
Fernando Peres Rodrigues08-Aug-2010 17:41
I enjoyed a lot your «Leaves» gallery. Congratulations
Chris Kieffer01-Aug-2010 20:32
Your mushroom serie is excellent, top pictures ++++
maryann19-Jul-2010 19:23
Thank you for your inspiring work. Your "Intimate Water" gallery steered me in new directions, which ended in a winter gallery of water and ice close-ups. I would really like a critique of it, if you are able.
Thanks, MaryAnn
Kim Boling 11-Jul-2010 01:09
Tom, thank you for your photos, the boat Billy Joe Boling was named after my daddy. He worked on the Noble C. Parsonage until he died to be honest with you thats where he died.We never got to see the boat named after him and it would mean the world to me my mom and sisters if you could e-mail me any photos of that boat.I looked at your other photos they are breath taken to us river rats
Terry Olsen04-Jul-2010 11:51
I've been perusing your galleries and wanted to let you know much I enjoy your photos. Your personal style and vision are quite appealing. I especially enjoy the "Intimate Water" and "Monochrome" galleries. Your IR shots are great.
Jean-Jacques Vandamme02-May-2010 23:16
Excellent galleries. Particular enjoyed the midwestern scenes. The captions are equally appreciated.
Guest 25-Apr-2010 20:51
I have seen some of your work, I think you have great talent.
I would like to invite you to join a group of your peers from around the world.
Photographers like yourself.
We work to share ideas and inspire each other.
here is a link , please come check us out.
nigelpartridge12-Mar-2010 21:22
Hi Tom, I've just been looking through your 'Nothing but Ice' gallery. Wonderfully observed and captured.

marjorie conroy12-Feb-2010 22:38
You have some wonderful galleries. Your monochromes are particularly pleasing.
Guest 17-Jan-2010 01:10
Guest 09-Jan-2010 21:24
Falling and Freezing, Fantastic shot!
Guest 28-Dec-2009 22:45
Just looked at your intimate water photos. Wow wish I was with you on that photo journey. The water reflections with all the amazing color. The ice shots very abstract and different than others I have seen. Plus the captions make the photos more striking. Excellent! Peace Michael J
Mary W 10-Nov-2009 18:09
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures of Gods creations!!!!
Rob Misanchuk31-Oct-2009 03:34
Excellent shots Tom.
Don McLean 26-Oct-2009 14:58
It was nice meeting you yesterday at Mathiessen State Park. What a superb eye and artistry you posess! I'll be back often, Thanks for the inspiration!
bill dixon16-Oct-2009 01:41
"Windturbines" Incredable how fast these creatures have appeared along I-88. I took a detour off of I-39 down route 30. It's a new world.
Visit your site often. Keep shooting, keep posting.
Guest 21-Sep-2009 00:09
Midwest Fungi, excellent gallery!!
Bill Warren 01-Jul-2009 22:32
I got your photos when I Googled,images for the Utica Elevator. I saw the elevator when I was stopping at Kelley's bar and restaurant in Utica last Sunday on my return trip from
my family reunion at Hickory Hollow Campground. I was wondering what the small cylinders were that recently have been added to several elevators and Utica was the only one that I saw closer than the passenger window in a car.
Jean-Claude Liehn17-Apr-2009 02:13
You have an excellent wild flower gallery. Both informative and artistic. I admire the sharpness, the light and the composition. Only selected high quality works. Congratulations. Jean-Claude.
HH 30-Jan-2009 21:32
Wow - a friend of mine directed me to your collection and I have to say being an ex twitcher you have some stunning bird photography here. The nuthatch is one of my fav birds yet I have never seen one - love the shot of the white breasted nuthatch. Keep em coming.
Guest 25-Jan-2009 22:05
Your ice gallery is very cool!!!
Gordon Garcia03-Jan-2009 18:37
Tom - Nice meeting you out at Afton yesterday. Never came across the Snowy Owl. You have a very nice gallery.

Guest 26-Dec-2008 09:19
Hi Tom,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

David 25-Dec-2008 01:10
Great Photos. Thanks for sharing.
Ed 13-Dec-2008 19:16

Very nice pictures. I liked "Winter in Midwest". Your photo's inspire me.
Thanks for sharing!

Ed from Holland.
CJ 22-Nov-2008 23:20
Great photos! Really enjoyed the shots from LaSalle County!!
Chris Kieffer11-Oct-2008 09:20
Excellent mushroom gallery, pictures are +++, if yu have a time have a look what we have here in europe, mushroom season 2008,
Laura Ressinger 22-Sep-2008 23:10
Is this coal chute still standing? It is (or was)definitely a cool looking artifact! My mom is a historian, and I love history too!
Chris Kieffer07-Sep-2008 20:38
Excellent mushroom pictures, +++

Jean-Claude Liehn04-Sep-2008 03:06
Interesting to see how a nature photographer can also be inspired by industrial architecture. A kind of contradiction I experiment too. So was I was particulary interested by the subjects you choose.
Sharon:) 31-Aug-2008 23:34
Tim, thank you for having "butterflies of the midwest" photos. We have more of them this year than usual and I was stumped on a couple! Appreciate it!
Jerimey Bouxsein 05-Aug-2008 21:59
very nice picture of me deckhanding a roll top in hennepin IL. never seen a picture so clear. if you have anymore pictures of ADM in hennepin i would like to have them.
hennepin IL.
Jerimey Bouxsein
William J. Manon Jr.27-Jul-2008 00:46
Your photos are very good, great eye for Subject and Composition.
Thanks for sending your gallery to me.
Later Bill Manon
Guest 31-Mar-2008 08:41
Impressive bird gallery. What cam-lens combo did you use? Thanks.
Kevinl 29-Mar-2008 12:39

Your work is inspiring. I'm exploring photography as a hobby and I am really enjoying it.
Your pictures give me benchmark to work towards. Thank you for sharing!
Stephen Ware13-Mar-2008 23:26
The dredge barge is an interesting shot, Are those Bald Eagles in the trees?
Pat Hartley 08-Mar-2008 19:49
You take amazing shots and I love the light and colour and particularly the DOF on your flower shots - your macro is superb and a particular interest of mine - thankyou for sharing........Pat:)
Terry Wynn 02-Mar-2008 02:08
I am a river rat - don't live near but have become very attached to the Illinois River near Florence Illinois and the tug traffic there. Thank you for your pictures. . . I enjoyed viewing them.
rina 21-Jan-2008 00:36
I love your pictures. Can I print them out? I love birds.