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One of My Favorite Places – Bartel Grassland

Bartel Grassland

Bartel Grassland is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s got a lot going for it. It’s close to home, it’s big (585 acres), and there is a lot to see. If I have a little time on my hands I’ll head out there and take a walk. There’s open prairie, clumps of forest, […]

The Goose Family

goose family

This was a family portrait I made last May. This was a pretty cool goose family as far as goose families go. None of the parents were hissing at me nor did they attempt to chase me away which is pretty unusual. Geese are very territorial and don’t look kindly on interloping guys trying to […]



There is a yard I drive by every morning. In this particular yard there is a patch of these shrooms every fall. I have taken pictures of these before but this year the light was really nice which always helps. These guys didn’t look all that exciting in color so I tried going b&w via […]

Local Weed


Continuing on from the last post…it’s always a good idea to look around for things of interest while you’re out shooting your intended subject. That evening I went out to shoot the hay bales started out as an exercise in futility. Sort of like shooting parades for me. More often than not I end up […]

Local Critter


Someone told me a long long time ago that you should never pack up your gear until the very last minute. Some of your best pictures can come when you are done shooting. Best advice I have ever gotten when it comes to photography. I couldn’t tell you how many times it saved my butt […]

Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon Chicago 2015

Chicago Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon

To say it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here would be an understatement. I haven’t made very many pictures this summer. That might have something to do with it. I’m just starting to get back in the groove and will have more pictures to share soon. This is a scene from State Street in […]

Burnham Harbor 5/23/15

a boat parking lot

Dock D in Burnham Harbor. This was around 8am on a beautiful Saturday morning.

North Avenue Beach

Beach Time is Almost Here!

After another long cold winter, North Avenue Beach is looking pretty good! This picture is from a couple of months ago when we had a great spring day. Soon it will be packed with people. This is a great beach to visit as there is always something going on there. But then again, any beach […]

The Robin Family

A Robin Family

This is a Robin nest in a tree right off my balcony. You gotta love it when a photo op this nice is so close to home! I have been watching this nest since it was built. So has Jerry the Cat. They picked a perfect spot too. Far enough out on the branch so […]

Osage Orange Trees

Osage Orange tree

This is part of a row of Osage Orange trees that I see often on my walks. These are some pretty old ones and have a lot of personality. They also make great trees for nests I have noticed. Farmers used to use these as fences back in the day and would use the branches […]

The Great Horned Owl Family

Baby Great Horned Owl

I like Spring. Everything waking up after a long winter is fun to see. For some reason, I haven’t been walking the trails that much lately. I still enjoy it. Just don’t do it as often. One thing is for sure though. I always stop by the “Owl Basket”. The Owl Basket, located in the […]

A Birdwatching Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee bird watching

I paid a visit to Lincoln Park Zoo a couple of weeks ago. The weather was the best its been in months and it felt really good to get out and enjoy. This Chimpanzee on the other hand, decided he would just sit in the sun and watch the birds. Making pictures in a zoo […]