Saturday, May 6, 2017

SkyWatch Friday - Lake Michigan - Spring 2017



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Lake Michigan, Wilmette, IL-Spring, 2017.

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #433 - Pod, Weed, Mailbox - Quote - Paul Scott - Texture



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Textures:  Black wrought iron railing, Chicago River and weed pod, 2017.   Taken in Chicago Neighborhood, Northside.





Textures:  Stone, paint, leftover weed hanging onto building all winter, 2017.  Taken in West Chicago.



Textures:  Metal mailbox, rust, seams, 2017.  Taken in West Chicago, 2017.




This week I was exploring textures and found these images that were taken this Spring.

Quote:

"The past becomes a texture,
an ambiance to our present."
~ Paul Scott

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #432 - West Chicago Images



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All these photographs were taken in West Chicago, Illinois.   We were dropping off and later picking up our taxes.  Couldn't resist stopping for some photographs here and then there and everywhere.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #431 - Fog and Rain Images



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Foggy day at Lake Michigan, Bahai Temple, Wilmette, IL




A rainy day.



A rainy day, picking up my SUV at the dealer because the wiper motor was recalled.

Today our first born son was born 53 years ago.   We can't believe that we are parents to a person that old. He must be catching up with us.  ROFL....!

Happy Holiday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Thinking Outside the Box - Untitled - Quote - Nate Burkus - Wonder




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My husband has neuropathy in his feet and has unbearable pain.  Once a year, he has an appointment with Debra E. Young D.P.M, 2732 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, Illinois - (773) 327-0006.  Dr. Young then recommends my husband to go to therapy at Peak Balance, 3545 Lake Avenue, Suite 103, Wilmette, Illinois, (847) 251-2028.

After the doctor's appointment, I usually have a shooting fest.  Here is what I found this year.  Enjoy!

Quote:

"You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things."
~ Nate Burkus

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Lighthouse Beach



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Taken this year in March.



Taken last year in March.




Taken last year in March.



Taken this year in March.


All photos taken at Lighthouse Beach, Evanston, IL.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #430 - Fog - Quote - Ralph Marston - Focus



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Fog - Harms Woods, Skokie, Illinois taken April, 2017.

Quote:

"Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently.  So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful.  Your life is always moving toward something."
~ Ralph Marston

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Moment in Time






... and then there was this glass
... and then there was this sunset
... and then there was this moment in time



Thursday, March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Artegon Marketplace - Quote - e.e. cummings - Risk



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©Artegon Marketplace, Orlando, Florida

Quote:

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
~ e. e. cummings

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #429 - Vattman Park, Rocks and Boulders, Heavy traffic and sunset


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Snow in March?  Vattman Park, Wilmette, IL



Down at Lake Michigan on a sunny 82 degree day.  Noticed three rocks on top of this huge boulder. I can't believe how calm the lake can be on some days.



Heavy traffic and sunset on an errand to drop off taxes.

Quote:

""We have seen that central among the traits that define a creative person are two somewhat opposed tendencies: a great deal of curiosity and openness on one hand and almost obsessive perseverance on the other.  Both of these have to be present for a person to have fresh ideas and prevail."
~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Car Window - Quote - Saul Bellow - Stillness





Image taken from inside my SUV of what was outside the car window.

Quote:

"Art is the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos."
~ Saul Bellow

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Light House Beach - Quote - Pablo Picasso - Emotions

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Both photographs were taken this week at Light House Beach, Evanston, Illinois.

Quote:

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web."
~ Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday #428 - Icicles - Quote - Haruki Murakami - Past



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I could hear Lake Michigan, as I placed one foot and then the other foot into the sand and walked.  Walked to where I have shot images many times before.  Always excited.  I love being outside.  My passion is taking photographs.  I remember when I bought my first camera it was a Brownie Hawkeye. Sorry, got off the subject a wee bit.  This time I had a reason to be here at this spot.  I knew that ice had formed during the winter months even though we didn't experience snow in January or February which is unusual here in Illinois especially at the lakefront.  I sighed with relief when I saw the icicles.  I was blessed to be there at sunset because the sun was reflecting on the icicles.

Quote:
"ice contains no future, just the past, sealed away.  As if they're alive, everything in the world is sealed up inside, clear and distinct.  Ice can preserve all kinds of things that way-cleanly, clearly.  That's the essence of ice, the role it plays."
~ Haruki Murakami, BLIND WILLOW, Sleeping Woman

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Snow Fences - Quote - Albert Einstein - Imagination/Knowledge






Snow Fences at Lake Michigan, Evanston, IL

I really haven't been down to the beach this winter which is unusual for me.  I love looking for pebbles, seashells, feathers and just being down by the lake to hear the sound and breath the fresh air and see the birds and feel alive.  And so I always avoid taking pictures of snow fences thinking well, how can I do that image differently?  My intention for the year of 2017 is YES I CAN.  Challenged by how this photo really looked I used Picassa (photoshop) and came up with this study of lines, texture and oh my goodness feeling. What is your impression?

Quote:

"I'm enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination, which I think is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world."
~ Albert Einstein

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Sky and Trees - Quote - Lady Bird Johnson - Art


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Quote:

"Art is the window to man's soul.
Without it, he would never be able to see
beyond his immediate world;
nor could the world see the man within."
~ Lady Bird Johnson

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #427 - Lock and Chain - Quote - Warren Buffett - Habits




Creative Twist 


Palm trees reflected on blue surface of a storage building with lock and chains.  Notice natural lines and man made lines; natural curves and man made curves...all  this is interesting to me.  This all adds up to stepping out of a habit of looking for what is being seen to what isn't being seen.  So often, I pass by details, buildings, things not seeing but saying to my husband, "I didn't see that."


Quote:
"Chains of habit are too light to be felt
until they are too heavy to be broken."
~ Warren Buffett

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Greenhouse - Quote - Marcus Tullius Cicero - Everything





©Greenhouse, Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT
For more information:. http://elizabethparkct.org/visit.html

Quote:
"If you have a garden and a library
you have everything you need."
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March 8, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #426 - Abandoned Store Window




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Abandoned Store Window #WP20100114051B

Drove down Highway 27 towards the town of Winter, Wisconsin to combine a photo shoot with thrift store shopping except I discovered that the store went out of business. I took out my big boy camera and starting looking around and found this wonderful window with reflections of lines, circles, and nails.  Untold stories being held hostage until some new owner comes with plans A, B, and C.  Unless the whole building is ripped down.