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Black and White Bicyclist

Black and White Bicyclist

I like simple pictures like this.

I was standing around waiting for a boat to motor underneath Lakeshore Drive, and passed the time by watching the runners and bicyclist race by.

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Camels Crossing the Desert

While in Egypt, we were enjoying the view of the pyramids when (what appeared to be) a school group wandered by on camels. Their destination was the Pyramids of Giza, and the students’ starting point was about 200 yards/meters behind me.

In Egypt, most everything with tourists is based on bartering.  For example, if I wanted to ride a camel through the desert, I’d have to haggle with the camel’s owner for a lengthy period of time before we agreed upon a suitable price. I couldn’t image bartering for a camel ride for 30 kids.

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Willis Tower Through Railroad Tracks and Grids

One of my favorite style of pictures, are the same iconic images we see over and over again, but from a different perspective.  For example, there are a million pictures of the Eiffel Tower in Paris taken on bright, blue-sky, summer day.  We’ve all looked at those images, but I really like the different Eiffel Tower pictures taken as reflections off of windows, through alleys and such.  Some of my favorite pictures were taken a half-mile away from the structure, showing life around the famous tower.

So enter the above picture of Chicago’s Willis Tower.  This was taken about four-and-a-half miles from the building on a bright and beautiful May morning.  It’s the same iconic Willis Tower, but with a very different looking Chicago in the foreground.

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Fog Engulfs San Francisco

While Alisha was out in San Francisco for her conference a few months back, I tagged along and spent the days taking pictures in and around the California city.

Being there for four days, I never got a chance to see this view without fog.  Even on the days when the city was clear, the Golden Gate Bridge would be fogged in. I’m not surprised by that, since it’s what San Francisco is known for.

I did enjoy the calmness of all the fog.  Even with the foghorn blasting every few seconds, it was sort of a comforting noise, which didn’t really pierce the silence, but instead (strangely) added to it.

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The Great Wall

The place on the Great Wall of China that was recommended by a friend was unexpectedly closed for repairs by the Chinese government (even though it had been several months and no work had been done). My wife and I decided to hit Mutianyu instead and asked the place we were staying what they recommended. “The earlier, the better,” was their suggestion. So, at 7AM a car picked us up and whisked us for the two-hour journey to the Great Wall of China.

It. Was. Awesome.

We were extremely fortunate to have the ancient fortress to ourselves for quite some time. Alisha and I took turns running up and down the wall taking pictures of each other. We called our mothers. We just sat and enjoyed the beauty.

Eventually the tour buses showed up and droves of people started to join us on the wall. No longer was it our quiet, historical place. However, being on the Great Wall of China by ourselves, or with any number of people, we found it to be incredibly awesome of a place.

It’s a true testament to those who have come before you if they can build a massive wall that stands the test of time, and still emotionally moves visitors, even with busloads of people marching up and down the wall with their radios blasting.

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Tyrrhenian Sea Water Spout

In September of 2005 my then-girlfriend-now-wife and I went to Italy.  While on the island of Capri, we saw a water spout out in the Tyrrhenian Sea (the body of water between Italy’s “boot” and the island of Sardinia).  At the time, I didn’t think much about it.

It was my first real trip out of the country and I just sort of thought it was a frequent occurrence in Italy.  Additionally, I didn’t really know what was involved in creating a water spout, so we took a few pictures and moved on.

In retrospect, I wish we would have joined the fisherman pictured above and just watched the water spout move across the horizon.

Another picture of the water spout is located in the Europe Gallery page.

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Cristo Redentor

Having spent “a long weekend” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Carnaval, I really, really wanted to charter a helicopter to go take a few shots from above Christ the Redeemer; essentially the picture would be looking over Christ’s shoulder at the city.  Mother Nature, on the other hand, decided to throw cloudy and foggy conditions during our time there and made it impossible to see 100 yards in front of us, much less the city a half-mile below.

My wife and I still made the trek to the top of Corcovado mountain to see the statue up-close, however.

As a hockey fan, I had been referencing Christ the Redeemer the entire trip as “No Goal Jesus,” based loosely on Ohio’s “Touchdown Jesus.”

In the NHL, when a goal is reviewed, the referee will skate shy of center ice and point to the scoring team’s bench to indicate a goal.  If the goal is reviewed and it turns out to not be a legitimate goal, the referee skates shy of center ice and extends his arms out to his side, parallel to the ice — basically the stance above.  Since hockey is my religion, Christ the Redeemer was quickly renamed “No Goal Jesus” in my book.

As if God was taunting us for renaming the statue, the weather was picturesque and charming the day we flew out.

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Black and White Sox

I really like pictures of empty stadiums because I think so often we see them full of people (except the Florida Marlins in the early 2000s, of course).  It’s nice to see such a large place in such a different situation.

This is, obviously, U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, and, for three games in 2004 the Florida Marlins.

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Rome, Italy

In preparation for wedding stuff, I spent the evening going through pictures from past adventures in search of photos of Alisha and I.  Buried in the pictures from Rome, Italy was this image, captured from high atop St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City.

We reached the this vantage point by answering the age-old question of “Where do these stairs go?  The go up.”  So up we went!

It’s pretty tight quarters up here, but it’s one heck of a view!

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Lord Stanley’s Cup

In honor of the Stanley Cup playoffs starting today, here’s a picture of the coolest trophy in sports.

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Power Lines

I was going to enter this picture in a photography contest where the theme was “Lines.” I ended up not submitting it because, unfortunately, this was one of many photography contests out there that take any and all of the photographer’ rights to “publish, translate, modify, adapt, make available and distribute the entry throughout the universe in any media now known or hereafter invented.”

That’s a little drastic.

I worked hard for these images, and giving them away to some clown because he’s too lazy and/or cheap to pay the stock image fee is almost offensive.

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Blinding Snowstorm

Blinding Snowstorm

February 2011 rolled in with a crazy snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow on Chicago. I had been in Champaign for the bulk of it, and had to get home.  It was probably one of the most white-knuckled drives I’ve ever done. My little Honda Civic and I (with two passengers who were, essentially, stranded in Champaign otherwise) made the three-and-a-half hour drive home to Chicago.

That far south of Chicago, the snow wasn’t a problem — it was the howling wind. I enjoyed the extra weight of two additional people and their bags in my car, and took advantage of the semi cruising along in front of me as a guide. (Although, at one point the semi broke loose, and saved it. If I weren’t holding onto the steering wheel for my own survival, I would have given him a standing ovation for the save.)

In retrospect, it was a pretty cool drive, and that Honda Civic never ceased to amaze me in the things it could do. As I let out one passenger on the corner of State and Washington in Chicago, it was surreal to stop at a green light, say our goodbyes, fetch bags from the car and head out, and no one said a word, honked or otherwise … because there was no one else around. At one o’clock in the afternoon we were the only car on the roads in the entire city of Chicago. That’s an impressive thing when you consider Chicago is nearly ten million people strong.

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