9 Jun, 2013

A Green Light at my Desk

June 9th, 2013|Tags: |

Today is going to be a desk day with lots of personal admin to catch up on, so I thought I'd share this photo of a bright spring morning at [...]

4 Jun, 2013

Chicago Evening Blue

June 4th, 2013|Tags: , |

The blue hour is my favorite time of day in downtown Chicago - just before dusk sets in, when all the windows turn an iridescent blue. After a rainfall the [...]

2 Jun, 2013

A Lamp Facade

June 2nd, 2013|Tags: , , |

Continuing yesterday's lamp theme - here's a facade in the former French Connection area of Shanghai that I thought was really cool. And above it, the ever hazy grey sky [...]

1 Jun, 2013

A Teacup Chandelier

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This quirky decoration caught my eye in the window of the Café on Main in Ottawa, Illinois, where my friend Barbara and I stopped for lunch on our way to [...]

22 May, 2013

Banner Update

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It's time to switch out that blog banner again! I've discovered I am pretty consistent about doing this every six months; my last update was December 7. So here's what's [...]

13 May, 2013

A Little Album of Love

May 13th, 2013|Tags: , , |

with my parents at age one As part of my "Create" motto for this year, I've been reading Julia Cameron's Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creatively, and I [...]

2 May, 2013

On Getting to Know a Place

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We bought our property in northwest Indiana almost five years ago, and getting to know this one place on Earth, exploring it over and over again, has been one of the joys I [...]

19 Apr, 2013

Serenity at Mount Vernon

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This photo of the kitchen garden at Mount Vernon captures the serene and peaceful week I am having amidst my friends at the conference my former writing group puts on [...]

14 Mar, 2013

Study in Gray

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It seems to me that in March, right before spring, when everything is especially barren, nature invites contemplation. On my recent walk through our property in northwest Indiana, I had to [...]

6 Mar, 2013

Snow Day

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Yesterday the biggest snow storm of the season hit Chicago. Never mind that it's March and we're more in the mood for spring flowers than snow flakes. It started snowing in the [...]

18 Feb, 2013

Winter Beach

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Assembling a photo essay from one of my outings is one of my happiest pursuits, and so over this long weekend (In the U.S. it's Presidents Day today, which means the [...]

13 Feb, 2013

That Satisfying Plop of the Mail Box

February 13th, 2013|Tags: , |

Today I mailed off two photos to the Starved Rock Photo Contest. Sounds straightforward, but it was quite a production. First, photos could not be submitted electronically. Rather, you had [...]

17 Jan, 2013

In Search of Winter

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Hello winter, where are you? There is no sight of snow in Chicago, so on a recent trip to the Indiana country side I went in search of winter, looking [...]

7 Jan, 2013

Winter Beach Walk

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New Year's Day had me walking the beach with my younger son, and I'm glad we did because then the weather turned gray, and the last remnants of ice and [...]

4 Jan, 2013

Light and a Word for 2013

January 4th, 2013|Tags: |

Here's wishing you lots of light for this new year 2013! I'm a tiny bit proud of this photo because I was trying to achieve the bokeh effect (those blurry [...]

19 Dec, 2012

A Childhood Window Recreated

December 19th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Recently, as I was rewriting a chapter from my memoir into the essay Giving Up Christmas that was published in Tablet Magazine, I leafed through a photo album of childhood [...]

17 Dec, 2012

Favorite View of 2012

December 17th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Mono Lake, California, August 2012 In following Rebecca Murphy's Relish12 challenge, the 12.14 prompt asked about my favorite view of 2012. I instantly knew which picture I would choose. Even though [...]

7 Dec, 2012

A New Blog Banner

December 7th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

About every six months, I get the urge to change my blog banner. I grow tired of the old one, and I feel it doesn't represent me anymore. Thanks to [...]

19 Nov, 2012

This is Bliss…

November 19th, 2012|Tags: , , |

...hot chocolate in the grass in November.       ...kicking off the hiking boots.       ...lying on the autumn ground.       ...studying the leaves.   [...]

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 [...]

18 Oct, 2012

Chicago Art Deco at the Powhatan

October 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

I took this snapshot while leaving the lobby of the Powhatan - I loved the red of the event shuttle bus as background to the two figures, the woman stopping [...]

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 [...]

7 Sep, 2012

The Library at Alcatraz

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In the library at Alcatraz From all my pictures of our recent visit to Alcatraz, this one has stuck in my mind, and so, since I was on the topic [...]

29 Jun, 2012

Guest Blog by Susanne Helmert: My Lake, My Love

June 29th, 2012|Tags: , , |

As we head into the weekend, I am happy to offer some serenity by the way of Susanne Helmert's Lake Michigan photos. As threatened in my post about her work [...]

22 Jun, 2012

Luminous Photography by Bryan David Griffith

June 22nd, 2012|Tags: |

Agave, Red Rock Moutain Wilderness, Arizona © Bryan David Griffith It's odd how some images stick in your mind. For me, this is one of them. Of all the stunning [...]

8 Jun, 2012

Haunting Photography by Susanne Helmert

June 8th, 2012|Tags: , |

Home of Forgotten Souls by Susanne Helmert As promised in my post about last weekend's 57th Street Art Fair, I'm sharing some photography today, namely the work of photographer Susanne Helmert, whom I discovered [...]

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