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Kame and Clouds, June 2022

Kame and Clouds, June 2022

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Pockets of sun among the clouds in early spring. Corn is shin-high and not all fields have been planted. The black Drummer soil is visible at the Blue Mound kame.

On August 2, 2001, Illinois' Governor signed legislation designating Drummer silty clay loam as the official state soil of Illinois. With the signing of House Bill 605, Drummer silty clay loam took its place next to the white oak, the violet, the cardinal, fluorite, the Monarch butterfly, the white-tailed deer, the bluegill, and big bluestem as one of Illinois' official state symbols.

Drummer was selected as the State Soil of Illinois over more than 700 different soil series found in the state. Drummer soils are the most extensive soils in the state. More than 1.7 million acres of Drummer silty clay loam have been mapped in more than 1/3 of Illinois' 102 counties. They qualify as prime farmland and are some of the most productive soils in the world. Corn and soybeans are the principal crops.

The Drummer soil series consists of very deep, poorly drained soils that formed in 40 to 60 inches of loess or other silty material and in the underlying stratified, loamy glacial outwash; under native prairie vegetation. Drummer soils are on nearly level or depressional positions on till plains and outwash plains throughout northern and central Illinois.

Typically, Drummer soils have a thick, black silty clay loam surface layer and a very dark gray silty clay loam subsurface layer. The subsoil is grayish brown and gray silty clay loam. The substratum is dark gray, mottled, stratified loam and sandy loam.

The Drummer soils formed under a luxuriant growth of marsh grasses and sedges, that was typical of much of the native prairie at the time of settlement. Soils formed under prairie vegetation are normally dark colored and high in organic matter content. Illinois is known for its "black dirt" with Drummer silty clay loam being the most common.

Drummer classifies as fine-silty, mixed, superactive, mesic Typic Endoaquolls. This classification is very typical of wet, dark colored "prairie soils" in Illinois.

The Drummer soil series was established in Ford County, Illinois in 1929. It is named for Drummer Creek in Drummer Township.

Fujifilm GFX100s with 120mm lens.



Canon Fine Art Bright White Paper (330 gsm/24 mil/3" core): A heavyweight version of the Fine Art Bright White 230gsm. Very smooth surface with a sturdy heavyweight base is ideal for high-end fine art reproduction and photography, plus murals and decor printing. The bright white shade provides more visual contrast.

Canon Heavyweight Matte Coated Paper 10.6 mil: High quality matte coated photographic paper with thick base. Capable of printing high-resolution images while providing very wide color gamut.

When the print is mounted on acid-free board and displayed behind UV-inhibitive glass or acrylic, the image stability is 125 years before any measurable decrease in pigment density.

Shipping & Returns

Prints are shipped unmounted in shipping tubes via USPS Priority Mail, insured, and tracked.

I work extremely hard to ensure that the prints come out beautifully and that you will be thrilled with your purchase. However, if you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you may return it within 30 days and receive a refund less a 25% restocking fee. Return shipping is the responsibility of the purchaser.


We provide a margin around the image for easier handling. For each size the overall print dimensions are:

12"x18" -> 14"x20"
18"x27" -> 20"x30"
24"x36" -> 28"x40"

15"x20" -> 20"x24"
30"x40" -> 36"x48"

Care Instructions

Prints come rolled up, wrapped in a plastic bag. The surface is very easily damaged by moisture and liquids. Proper mounting, matting and framing is best to protect the print. Archival matte and mount, behind UV-inhibitive acrylic will enable this print to last over 125 years.

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