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Journal Journeys: Wilma Straatman purchased her weather photo

LANSING, Ill. (June 6, 2024) – Wilma Straatman was out of town when the Lansing Library weather photographs came down last week, so she received her photo — which she purchased for herself — earlier this week. The photo was personally delivered by Publisher Melanie Jongsma, with her dog Scout along to supervise the transfer of the artwork.

Straatman said, “I hadn’t quite settled on a location for the picture but as soon as I placed it where my husband had suggested, I knew he was right. The other two pictures are of a canna flower and its leaves. … This is an interesting addition and brings a bit of light to the wall.”

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Wilma Straatman’s weather photo (upper right) was featured in The Lansing Journal’s gallery at the Lansing Public Library. Now that the gallery display has ended, the piece makes a nice addition to Straatman’s flower wall. (Photo provided)
“Had to stop, turn around, and get out of my car to capture these magnificent magnolia blooms!” wrote Wilma Straatman when she submitted this photo in April 2023. (Photo: Wilma Straatman)

Straatman’s photo, which was displayed on the library’s wall as part of the Lansing Journal Weather Photo Gallery, was of a magnolia bloom, and was published April 11, 2023.

“Thanks to Melanie Jongsma, The Lansing Journal, and the Lansing Library for this project and blessing the lives of many by this exhibit,” Straatman said.

Understanding the Journal Journeys

Having started in 2017 as a series of photos of people holding The Lansing Journal in various locations, the ongoing feature known as the Lansing Journal Journeys has officially expanded to include:

  • People holding photocopies of The Lansing Journal’s logo in a variety of locations
  • People enjoying a Lansing Journal Latte (hot or iced) at Kdulche Café
  • People wearing their Published Photographer shirts to celebrate the special status that comes from being published in The Lansing Journal
  • People with weather photos that were part of The Lansing Journal’s first photo exhibition

Enjoying the journeys

The fact is, we love to see our community represented in the Journal — and we love to see the Journal represented in our community. If you purchased one of the weather photos on the library gallery wall, go ahead and take a picture of yourself with the photo — or with the photographer! Send it to us for publication using the info below:

Email your photos to [email protected] and share:

  1. Names of any people or animals in the photo
  2. Name of the person who took the photo
  3. Description or location of the photo

Then get your merch

Our “Published Photographer” design is available as a shirt, sweatshirt, long-sleeved shirt, hoodie, coffee mug, magnet, tote bag, or phone case. Click the image to choose from a variety of colors, styles, and sizes at our shop on Each purchase helps support this community newspaper.



The fine print
By submitting photos to The Lansing Journal, you are affirming that the content is original to you or that you have the right to allow The Lansing Journal to edit, publish, display, and otherwise use it and credit it to you by name, without any obligation to you or any other person or entity.
License. By submitting the content, you grant The Lansing Journal a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to make all legally permitted uses of the content under copyright and privacy/publicity laws, in any format and media, and to sublicense others to do the same. This includes, among other rights, the right to edit, embellish, and compile with other content your content, and to publish, display, make derivatives of, and otherwise use the content, without further notice or any payment obligation.
Representations. You represent that you have the right to enter into this agreement. If any minors appear in the content, you represent you are their parent or legal guardian and have the right to grant us the rights to the content. You also represent that you own all rights to the content and/or have the authority to grant these rights, and that our permitted use of the content will not infringe on any third party’s rights. You also represent that the content is free and clear of any liens and that our use of the content will not raise any claim of infringement, invasion of privacy, defamation, publicity, or claims for any payments.
Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


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