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Of parks and parking lots: available weather photos and why you should buy them

LANSING, Ill. (March 22, 2024) – The photos currently displayed on the library‘s gallery wall — and the hundreds of others that have been published — are not just about flowers and sunsets. They’re not just about pretty scenery.

The photos are beautiful, yes, but the real beauty is the little bit of joy and pride that is behind the act of taking a photo and submitting it.

“I live here, and it’s beautiful”

Each photo submission is like a little vote for Lansing. It’s someone saying, “I live here, and it’s beautiful or interesting or unique, and I want to share that with you.” The Lansing Journal’s daily weather post gives people a platform for expressing some hometown pride.

Our local photographers have captured parks and parking lots, insects and intersections, puddles and sunsets and patio gardens. Sometimes the subject matter is artistic in and of itself. Sometimes it’s the composition or perspective of the photographer that makes it a work of art. But they all say something about Lansing and the people who live here.

These photos are available for purchase. The $100 price covers the material cost of producing the enlargements, which have been printed on canvas, metal, or acrylic. But beyond recouping those costs, we hope these images sell because they capture the unique beauty of our little town. And they represent the small things ordinary people can do to make a difference in the place where they live.

Own a symbol of community (Listing updated 3/24/24)

Click an image to send an email to [email protected] and reserve the photos you’re interested in.


Email [email protected] to reserve the photos you’re interested in.

View the photos in person

The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing. The gallery wall is on the second level, facing the main entrance. Call 708-474-2447 for more information.

Weather photos will be on display through the end of May at the Lansing Library. (Photo: Ashlee De Wit)


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. I enjoyed the photo gallery very much, and as I frequenter of the Lansing Library, I viewed the display several times. Here’s a question… My personal favorite has been marked as “purchased.” Do you have any plan in place to make duplicate printings of the same quality for photos that have already been sold, or will these remain one-of-a-kind opportunities for the lucky buyers?

    • That’s an interesting idea, Elizabeth! I think yes, we could probably make a duplicate in this case. If you email me the photographer name of the one you’re interested in, I’ll double-check on how and where that one was made. (A few of them we had to send away for, and some were ordered as a group, so that could complicate things.) Email me directly at [email protected].

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