1 Nov, 2012

Photo Essay: Point Reyes – Into the Fog

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Cypress trees dripping with moisture on the way to the lighthouse at Point Reyes. Since today is November 1, and I have so far been celebrating fall with roaring colors, I'm [...]

30 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: Savoring Fall in Indiana

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I am immensely grateful to our friend who sowed sunflower seeds on an empty spot on our property in Indiana, because the dry sunflowers now make great models for my [...]

25 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: Starved Rock in Fall

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A hiking trip to Starved Rock State Park, a two hour drive from Chicago, is one of those traditions my daughter insists on. We just have to make it out [...]

11 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: At the Pumpkin Farm

October 11th, 2012|Tags: , , |

I am absolutely in love with fall, particularly this year when the summer's heat kept me indoors so much. I've promised myself to be outside as much as possible to savor fall, [...]

3 Oct, 2012

Photo Essay: Stone Fences in Kentucky

October 3rd, 2012|Tags: , , |

I'm thrilled that this photo of mine appeared on Shutter Sisters as part of their "weekending" series, so I figured I'd better share it with you all as well. As [...]

28 Sep, 2012

Photo Essay: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky

September 28th, 2012|Tags: , , |

  Bonnet on a peg board at Shaker Village - if only life could be this tidy. Last weekend I stole away from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and spent [...]

12 Sep, 2012

Photo Essay: Alcatraz

September 12th, 2012|Tags: , , |

  Pulling out of the dock, Alcatraz comes into view.   We had the perfect slightly gloomy day when we visited Alcatraz on our family vacation to California in August. [...]

9 Aug, 2012

Photo Essay: At the County Fair

August 9th, 2012|Tags: , |

Boy in a Bubble - my youngest was the only one in the right weight class to go walking on water. Going to the Porter County Fair in Valparaiso, Indiana, [...]

14 Jun, 2012

Photo Essay: Tiger Hill, Suzhou, China

June 14th, 2012|Tags: , , |

These days I am craving some serenity (Our kids' school year is over and the summer chaos of camps, summer school and entertainment has begun.), so I thought I'd put [...]

31 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Starved Rock in Spring

May 31st, 2012|Tags: , , |

Starved Rock State Park - Illinois Canyon in Spring This is the last day of May, and one could say spring is officially over, since in the U.S. we tend [...]

29 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Shanghai – The Bund

May 29th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The Bund at night - the clock tower building is the former Customs House, farther along you see the green steepled roof of the Peace Hotel. Typical tourist pictures of [...]

22 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Bikes in Shanghai

May 22nd, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Just as the laundry hung out to dry on eletrical cables, parking signs and telephone booths, the prevalence of bikes in the streets of Shanghai struck me as so very [...]

16 May, 2012

Photo Essay: The Dry Goods Market in Shanghai

May 16th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Outrageously kitschy and cute - baby ponytail holders at the Dry Goods Market in the Nanshi District of Shanghai. Being an indoor bazaar, the Dry Goods Market is indeed "dry," [...]

15 May, 2012

Photo Essay: A Market in Shanghai

May 15th, 2012|Tags: , , |

A tea shop - my favorite photo from our stroll through the market in Nanshi, the Old Town of Shanghai. This area used to be the old walled city of Shanghai [...]

8 May, 2012

A Lane House in Shanghai

May 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

I really should have started my Shanghai series with sharing photos of this lane house in the Jing'an District, as it was the first place my friend took me to [...]

1 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Laundry in Shanghai

May 1st, 2012|Tags: , , |

One thing that struck me in Shanghai is that laundry is everywhere, except the strict business area along the riverfront. Otherwise, in any halfway residential area, laundry is hung out [...]

12 Apr, 2012

Photo Essay: Shanghai’s Former Jewish Ghetto

April 12th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Old meets new in this view of Hongkou rooftops sharing the sky with the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, built across the Huang Pu River in Pudong, which [...]

15 Mar, 2012

Photo Essay: Maple Sugar Festival in the Indiana Dunes

March 15th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Going to the Maple Sugar Time Festival in the Indiana Dunes is one family tradition I started when the kids were little. Since we missed it last year, my daughter [...]

1 Mar, 2012

Photo Essay: The Colors of Millennium Park

March 1st, 2012|Tags: , |

As some of you know from my recent "Drab & Color" photo essay, I've been hunting for color lately. Last week I had a little time before meeting a friend [...]

23 Feb, 2012

Photo Essay: Drab and Color

February 23rd, 2012|Tags: , |

To date we've had merely two significant snow falls in Chicago, and both times the snow lasted only a few days, so it's been a drab winter. Without the white blanket of [...]

23 Jan, 2012

Photo Essay: The Chicago Lakefront in Winter

January 23rd, 2012|Tags: , , |

My daughter and I braved the cold, the grey and the wind yesterday and walked the Chicago lakefront. We were rewarded with this symphony of grey and white, and what seemed [...]

27 Dec, 2011

Photo Essay: Christkindlmarket Chicago

December 27th, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, a visit to the Christkindlmarket downtown Chicago is obligatory - mainly because I can find favorite German delicacies there that I remember from my [...]

20 Dec, 2011

Photo Essay: Lincoln Park Zoo

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My 11-year-old is off from school already this week, and wanted to go to the zoo (Who knew?). So yesterday we spent the morning at Lincoln Park Zoo. I hadn't [...]

22 Nov, 2011

Photo Essay: Fall at the Beach

November 22nd, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

I love that living in Chicago means the beach is not only about summer. Here's the concession stand at the Rogers Park Beach in October. Here's that same stand a few [...]

16 Nov, 2011

Photo Essay: Golden Streets

November 16th, 2011|Tags: , , |

If it weren't for the leaf blowers, Chicago's streets would be paved in gold these days, as this sidewalk is, at least in one spot. I am somewhat infatuated with fall, so [...]

25 Oct, 2011

Photo Essay: Hiking Starved Rock

October 25th, 2011|Tags: , , |

With the weather turning nicer late last week, we jumped at the chance and did our outing to Starved Rock State Park (another item on my fall list!). I hope these [...]

23 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: End of Summer

September 23rd, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

Does anything say "end of summer" better than an overturned lifeguard chair? Yesterday was the official end of summer, according to the calendar. Some mornings I drive my kids to [...]

19 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: The Spoils of Travel or What Do You Bring Home from a Trip?

September 19th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

A month has passed since we returned from our road trip to the Southwest, and only today have I unpacked the last suitcase: mine. It always works like that: I [...]

13 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: Indiana Beach

September 13th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Who wouldn't fall in love with sights like these quirky saucerspouring into each other? Amusement parks are closing as the season ends, and so I'm thinking, wistfully, of our trip to [...]

23 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 12: Mesa Arch Photo Essay

August 23rd, 2011|Tags: , , |

Mesa Arch @ Canyonlands National ParkMy son has this view as a wallpaper on his computer, and I have to admit I always thought it was fake until I spotted [...]

19 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 11: Arches National Park Photo Essay

August 19th, 2011|Tags: , , |

To quote my daughter: "This is cooler than Monument Valley." Some whining from my sons was involved because we were "hiking again" until they realized the arches offered climbing opportunities. [...]

10 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 7: Death Valley Photo Essay

August 10th, 2011|Tags: , , |

This photo is a tribute Cath Barton's cover photo "Eleven" of Prime Number Magazine's Issue 11 that also features my essay "Waiting in the Dark." I was about to take a picture [...]

3 Feb, 2011

Blizzard in Chicago

February 3rd, 2011|Tags: |

Sometimes, pictures say it all. My favorite is the one of the plows at O'Hare.

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