Who’s That Silhouette in the Window?

(Chicago, Illinois)  “That’s perfect. Stay right where you are.” The speaker was a professional photographer, and she was addressing me in a remote gallery of the Art Institute Chicago where I was gazing out the window at the Art Institute’s famous garden cafe and fountain.  She used me as her model for her shot, and then she asked if I would like her to record the image with my ever-present Canon PowerShot SX 160 IS digital camera, and I said: “Sure.”  And she sure got some great shots of yours truly, shooting, of course, in manual mode.  Here are her results, as well as one I took of Natalie:

A lighter image, and then . . .

A lighter image, and then . . .

. . . a dark image.  (photos by A. Nonymous)

. . . a dark image. (photos by A. Nonymous)

My take, using Natalie as my model.

My take, using Natalie as my model.

 

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Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!  My mother, Hannah McKelvy, would have been 95 today.  She is shown here celebrating her 93rd birthday in 2014 with her family.  Have all the angel cake you want today, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom! My mother, Hannah McKelvy, would have been 95 today. She is shown here celebrating her 93rd birthday in 2014 with her family. Have all the angel cake you want today, Mom!

 

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Topping Off

When in Chicago, top off your day with a visit to Optimo Hatmakers in the historic Monadnock Building on Dearborn between Van Buren and Adams.  Then you'll be ready for anything.

When in Chicago, top off your day with a visit to Optimo Hatmakers in the historic Monadnock Building on Dearborn between Van Buren and Jackson. Then you’ll be ready for anything.

Yours truly was looking truly good at the old ballpark in his straw from Optimo.

Yours truly was looking truly good at the old ballpark in his straw from Optimo.

 

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Picnic in Lawrence

This was our view from our picnic table in the park in downtown Lawrence, Michigan the other day.  Life is good on the other side.

This was our view from our picnic table in the park in downtown Lawrence, Michigan the other day. Life is good on the other side.

 

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Frog & Toad Survey

(Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Michigan) So, we didn’t rack up any serious numbers during our unofficial Frog & Toad Survey here Wednesday, but we got a couple of good shots worth sharing with you now:

A Bullfrog basks in the sun in a wet environment, while . . .

A Bullfrog basks in the sun in a wet environment, while . . .

An American Toad suns itself on a drier path nearby.

. . . an American Toad suns itself on a drier path nearby.

 

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Mother’s Day

A sight for a baby snapper's eyes.  We encountered this female Snapping Turtle on 44th Avenue in Van Buren County, Michigan.  She was about to lay her eggs by the  side of the road when we appeared.  She retreated until we departed and then went on with her maternal duties.

A sight for a baby snapper’s eyes. We encountered this female Snapping Turtle on 44th Avenue in Van Buren County, Michigan on Wednesday. She was about to lay her eggs by the side of the road when we appeared. She retreated until we departed and then went on with her maternal duties.

Full view of the maternal reptile of Michigan.

Full view of the maternal reptile of Michigan.

 

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Gone Fishin’

I remember reflecting on a reproduction of this iconic American painting at our elementary school as a child and thinking: "Life is hard, and then you die."

I remember reflecting on a reproduction of this iconic American painting at our elementary school as a child and thinking: “Life is hard, and then you die.” You will find this in the American wing of the Art Institute Chicago.

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