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Monthly Archives: May 2011
Today is Memorial Day, a time in the United States when we honor our country’s past and present service members for the blanket of liberty the rest of us get to soundly sleep under every night. In searching for pictures, this one struck me immediately as today’s post.
On top of Wrigley Field’s scoreboard the National League flags fly. They are ordered in the rankings of the division, so there is West, Central and East, all topped by American Flag.
This is another picture taken on my work adventure in Milwaukee a couple of years ago. This time, it was the Milwaukee Art Museum before work. Beautiful clouds in the sky and random pink dye in the fountain!
I have a boatload of pictures from Maine. In October of 2009 I went to the Maine Media Workshop and engrossed myself with other photographers crafting our skills. Coming home, I had a few pictures I’m really proud of (which some can be found on the United States gallery page, others can be found by clicking here) and then a handful of additional photos that I really, really like.
In this image, the tide goes in and out, and creates little pools of water on the rocks. This is Maine’s Pemaquid Point Lighthouse reflected in that pool.
Since the last couple of days worth of pictures have been somewhat “dark,” I wanted to do something a little lighter today.
This picture comes from the Chicago Botanic Garden and I have no idea what kind of flower it is. The Botanic Garden is very good at making sure every plant, flower and tree is labeled with a little sign (both the common name and scientific names are displayed). This flowering plant, however, had no label because I think it wasn’t a complete plan for it to go. There weren’t many of them around, but the one’s that were are small and pretty.
Out looking for image opportunities last summer, I was walking along Canal Street and fired the shutter off capturing this picture. I think the reason I like it is the “dirtiness” of it. Without the processing, it’d be just another random city picture.
Now it’s a random city picture … with an edge!
I have the maturity levels of a child, so therefore I think this graffiti is damn funny.
Every time I head out to explore Chicago with my car, I usually find myself stopping by the planetarium to take a picture looking back at the city’s skyline. I feel like the skyline is constantly changing and it’s worth stopping with “infrequent regularity” to document it.
On my desktop are a boatload of flower pictures that I need to decide what to do with: upload them to Facebook, put them on this blog, dump them to Flickr, etc. This spring I feel like I have been obsessed with flower photography, moreso I feel like I’m obsessed with getting shots of bees pollinating flowers.
It’s a basic principle of life we learned about in grade school. The flower creates pollen, and bees carry that pollen from one flower to another, thus allowing the flower to reproduce itself. When I bought my macro lens, I saw — for the first time with my own eyes — pollen on the legs of a fly about to be carried to another flower. There was something about that small world that I was intrigued by.
Last weekend I was up visiting my mom and staked out some nearby flowers. On the sunny day of my visit, the flowers had opened to the sunshine and bees were working their magic. This particular bee doesn’t have as much pollen on its body, but I still like all of the detail visible in the little guy.
El Yunque is, interestingly, the only rain forest in the U.S. Forest System.
While in Puerto Rico a few years back, Alisha and I wandered around in El Yunque to find the waterfall we could swim in. As we hiked along the trail towards La Mina Falls, we passed a number of pretty scenes. This was one, located just along side of the trail.
Leaving Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and heading back towards the Hutong we were staying in, we passed this stream. My eyes have a hard time focusing with all of the vertical lines, which is part of the picture’s charm, I guess.
I have been posting the occasional picture on my Facebook page each morning when I update the website, as well. It’s nice to actually be getting my pictures out for a change, instead of them sitting on my hard-drive for no one to see (although, I am cycling them through as my screen saver). This was the picture I randomly posted yesterday on Facebook.
Monday morning I woke up early to swing by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Their spring flowers are in full bloom! Arriving early to the Botanic Garden was nice because it was only me and a few other people, but by the time I left, school buses and mom’s with their kids where everywhere. I don’t wake up early often, but it paid off, as it was nice to get a parking spot right out in front of the doors, then have cars trolling the lot looking for any open parking space as I left!
Wandering around London, England one evening, Alisha and I passed this small side-street. Standing there looking at it, it reminded me of every high school musical “street scene.”
I’m not sure why, being Cinco de Mayo and all, I was thinking about Prague this morning.
One of our favorite things to do in another country is just wander. One can learn and see so much more of a city, from its small intimate details, to an expansive wide-shot over the Vltava River, looking at the Charles Bridge. Prague didn’t disappoint in that department.
This is another picture from the now-closed Chicago bar “Slow Down, Life’s Too Short.”
While the building — as a whole — is fun to photograph, the little details are just as entertaining.
It’s finally Spring in Chicago! The weather is (slowly) getting warmer and, as a result, flowers are starting to climb skyward.