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Christmas, 2013

It has been over a year since my last post. Let’s just say 2013 wasn’t a good year for my family. On January 12th, my son was in a horrible car accident. It was very tragic and one year later he still has a long way to go, but he’s doing better. In May, my Mother passed away. Then if things couldn’t get any worse, a drunk/high hit-and-run driver hit two our of cars, totaling one of the cars.

Obviously, it’s been a crazy and busy year for us. I haven’t had a camera in my hands since December, 2012. In fact, I was so out of practice and the camera was so heavy, I had to remove the battery grip. Sorry if the images aren’t that clear, but I was happy just to get some photographs taken. Now I have to remember how to use Photoshop. These are out of the camera with a few lightroom adjustments.

My theme for this post is Christmas Memories. We really debated about putting up a tree this year, so soon after my Mother’s passing, but I decided to do it since putting up the tree and going through all of our ornaments made me feel as if she was still here. I did a mix of my ornaments and hers. I remember every ornament she had or that I had given her. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Issey MiyakePerfume

School – Studio I and Lighting Theory

December 31, 2012. My last post of the year. I was extremely busy with school this semester. I took a Lighting Theory class. Let’s just call it the class from hell. It took up so much time and I have very few images from that class that I like. I am extremely happy that it’s over.

Studio was fun. Probably not my best work, but it was the first time I used a Medium or Large format camera. The first eight shots were done in Studio. A couple were “Recreate The Shot” from images we found on the web. This was really a great way to learn and see if you can recreate the styling, studio lighting, etc. It was definitely harder than it looked.

I tried to use a variety of lighting techniques. The Aveeno shot was the only image shot with a large format camera. My favorite is the Issey Miyake Perfume shot. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to reshoot the onion shot. I wish I did. I wasn’t happy with the onions that were cut up. They are too much out of focus. It’s definitely a learning process.

The last three images were taken for Lighting Theory.

Door County – The Ride Home

Door County – The Ride Home

We had beautiful weather while we were in Door County. I hated to leave. Still I found a few things to photograph on my way home. A great abandoned barn. I wish I would have arrived just a little earlier. I’m sure I would have been able to get the sunrise through the barn. Oh well, next trip.

We stopped at the Algoma and Kewaunee lighthouses for some quick photos. The sun was getting too high, so I stopped photographing. The last of my images were taken in Two Rivers. We went over a small bridge and I noticed these people fishing. I found a place to park, but the only good vantage point to get a shot was from a parking lot with two no trespassing signs. I hope it was ok to stand there. I got a quick shot and we drove back to Chicago.

Door County – Cana Island Lighthouse, Baileys Harbor and Cave Point Park

It has been awhile since I have posted anything. I have been extremely busy with school. Now that classes and the holidays are over, I want to finish up my Door County posts and show you what else I have been up too.

My focus on my October trip to Door County was lighthouse and parks. The Cana Island Lighthouse and Cave Point Park were highlights of my trip. I was lucky enough to hit Cave Point Park at sunrise. Such beautiful scenery, so peaceful and relaxing. I hope to go back in the Spring.

Francis Hardy Gallery

Door County – Day 2

Door County, Day 2
We took a ride up the inland side of Door County. First stop was the Francis Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, WI. The gallery showcases the work of Door County artists. The gallery, formerly Anderson Warehouse, is a work of art itself from decades of boaters who would paint their vessel’s name on the warehouse’s clapboard siding. After we left the gallery, we couldn’t resist a quick stop at Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor for some Home-Brewed Root Beer Floats.

Next, we drove through Peninsula State Park, one of five parks in Door County. Since it was early October, the full autumn colors weren’t all in yet, but it was still a beautiful drive. Within the park is the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Look closely at the left tree trunk in my “Face in Tree” photo (#14).

We continued our drive up to Northport, WI, where I took a couple of pictures of the Ferry. We thought about going to Washington Island, but the water was pretty choppy. I didn’t want to chance getting seasick, especially since I didn’t have any motion sickness pills with me.

On the way back, I spotted this great old DeSoto in Ellison Bay, WI. If that car could talk, there would probably be some pretty good stories to go along with the bullet hole in the windshield.

We made our way back to Egg Harbor. To our surprise, there was a Pumpkin Patch Festival going on. We couldn’t find a place to park, but everyone looked liked they were have a great time. We went on. No trip would be complete without stopping at the Door Peninsula Winery in Carlsville, WI. We bought plenty of wines, jams and jellies to bring back. Yum!

Shoreline Sturgeon Bay Lighthouse

Door County, WI – The Ride Up

October is a beautiful time of the year to head up to Door County in Wisconsin. I’ll break up our trip into a few posts.

On the way up, we stopped at The Flying Pig, in Algoma, WI. It’s a great artist gallery and greenspace. They have wonderful art indoors, plus beautiful garden art and sculptures outside. An added bonus was that they have a little coffee cafe, which came in handy after our 4 1/2 hour drive. Susan and Robyn couldn’t have been more helpful and invited us to look around. They had so many wonderful things to choose from, I had to stop myself from buying more.

We stayed the first night in Sturgeon Bay, WI at the Stone Harbor Resort, I can see why they were named the “Best Lakeshore Resort”. The resort is located on the water, just minutes away from historic downtown Sturgeon Bay. The view from our room was beautiful. We arrived late and left early the next morning, but the staff we met were wonderful, the room was clean and the breakfast the next morning was delicious! We definitely will be back!

I took a drive to the Sturgeon Bay Lighthouse to see the sunrise. It was a perfect autumn day and the sunrise over Lake Michigan was beautiful!


Spring to Autumn in the Garden

Every year I plant a garden. In the past, I just planted vegetables. We had a great crop of onions and banana peppers this year. The tomatoes didn’t do so well. My fault, I planted them too close to each other. The green peppers came in, but remained small. Perhaps, they were too close to each other as well. The hot weather certainly didn’t help.

Last year, I added Rose bushes. This year, a variety of flowers. We also planted some trees. It’s always bittersweet to clean up the garden in the fall, something I just worked on this week. All the flowers are gone, yet the beautiful autumn colors are finally here.