Fallen Redwood

We were in Big Trees National Park in Northern California a few years ago and we found this monstrous Redwood tree hollowed out.  We barely came up to the midpoint of the tree in another photo.  I really wanted to bring out the highlights of this so I used HDR to bring them into the light.

If you are curious about HDR, I recommend checking out Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Customs blog; there are fantastic tutorials there.

Fallen Redwood


Up close and personal with Mums

Took this at Urban Fresh when we had a group of wonderful red mums all lined up.  We have this one blown up in our place at about 6-feet wide.  Just adds a burst of red to any room.

Hope you like it.

Red Mums


Celebration toss

Took this at our friend’s wedding reception…the light level was outrageously low.  The ceilings were high so not much to bounce the flash off of.  The only thing left to do was adjust the ISO and pray.  Luckily, I caught this photo mid throw.  This is one of my favorite photos and I was able to salvage some of the grain in the photo by enhancing the grain and just enjoying the different look and feel.

Sophie enjoying her day


Yellow Tulips

Took these in Boston in May and just loved the perspective of the yellow tulips and how they caught the sun.

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Yellow Tulips in Boston


Into the flower

I took this photo with my first macro lens….had my tripod out and kept adjusting the aperature to get just the right photo.  The inside of this flower was simply beautiful and I wanted it just right.  Not sure I ever got there, but this was one of my favorites.  I really like that the flower fills the frame and then some.

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Into the Flower we go


Old Metal Wheel

This photo was taken at my wife’s parents place in Illinois. I just loved the texture of the metal on the wheel as it had been buried outside for years.

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Old Metal Wheel…buried


Attack Squirrel

This little guy was somewhat aggressive and was NOT a fan of having his photo taken.  I tried to get him to sign the waiver to allow his photo to be used on the web…he refused.  Hopefully his lawyer can’t find me.

No really, he kept coming at me…I eventually had to move a little quicker in order to get away.  Click on the image for more photos of this area in Lincoln Park.

He’s about to attack me. He patrols Lincoln Park just North of Fullerton in Chicago. Just hide if you see him.


The Cart Path at Sunset…

Yes, just a cart path.  I was up at the Kohler Resort in Wisconsin and took a wander in the evening hoping to catch a nice sunset.  Happened to come by the Blackwolf Run Golf Course in the evening and found this simple curved cart path.  I love the top of the grass and how golden it was in contrast to the rough on the other side and it looked wonderful in the evening.

Hope you like it.  Click on the image to see more golf photos.

Cart path at Blackwolf Run at sunset


Perfect approach to the green

A few years back, a few of us were able to watch a practice round for the Solheim  Cup at Rich Harvest (Sugar Grove, IL).  It was an absolutely beautiful day and we just walked around taking photos.  The golfers for both the Europeans and the Americans were incredibly nice and had no issues with us taking photos while they played.

Here is an approach shot from one of the American women…

Nice approach shot


Man on a log

In DC this year, we took a visit to the Botanical Garden and found this wonderful display of figurines…I’m not even sure if that is what we should call them.  They had little models and figurines built into some wonderful displays and even had a train going by for the holidays.

My wife actually had my camera and was busy taking photos of all of the little figurines…not sure if we even took any photos of the flowers.

Figurine on a log