Back Yard Balloon


I was at my desk in my study with the window open when I heard this balloon going over my house. Yes, heard. The balloonist was turning on the jets — whoosh, whoosh, whoosh — to gain altitude to clear the power lines not far away. There wasn’t a lot of wind, so I had plenty of time to grab my phone and remove the screen from the window to get this shot. The light from the setting sun made the balloon glow, but the color photograph didn’t really catch it so I decided to try it this way.

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Lost Frog

I happened upon this frog as I was walking through a residential area at least half a mile from the nearest water. It was in the street, and made several long, panicky leaps to get away from me. It finally landed in the grass in someone’s yard where it apparently thought it was invisible. It allowed me to kneel down and take this picture with my iPhone about a half inch from its nose.


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I recently discovered a filter on my photo processing software that eliminates all color except red and yellow. So when I saw this red bluebird house in a field of goldenrod …


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After the Storm

A violent storm front whipped across Chicagoland on Friday afternoon. We didn’t get hit hard in Cary, but in surrounding areas there was a lot of damage to trees and the power was knocked out. When the rain let up a bit, I went for a walk and got this image not far from home.


A few minutes earlier, I had taken this photo over the soybean field.


On Saturday morning, I walked again and was struck by the difference in the clouds from almost the same spot.


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Demolition Derbys




At the Walworth County Fair

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We May Bite

At the Walworth County Fair in Elkhorn, Wisconsin with Wayne Anderson. (My pink bracelet was my ticket in the demolition derby. Wayne was wearing one too, but was smart enough to hide it.)


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Taken with my iPhone

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Scenes from a Cell Phone Lot

After the wedding, Sally spent four days in Arkansas with her mom. She flew home on Saturday with a layover in Atlanta. Her flight was due at O’Hare at 2:54. I left home at 1:15 because I had to take Beth to her part-time job at Target on the way. (Her car was in the shop having a new clutch installed.)

Halfway to Streamwood, a storm hit. Massive amounts of rain fell for about 20 minutes. Stoplights were out, streets were flooded and traffic was slow. I arrived at O’Hare at 2:50, right about the same time the gas light on my dashboard lit up.

I texted Sally to let her know I was in the area and began looking for the cell phone lot. The signage was pathetic. There was the occasional direction to the lot, but in between signs there were plenty of opportunities to turn one way or another. After driving around in circles for a while, I found it, as far from the terminal as it is possible to be and still be on airport property.


I parked for a couple minutes, and then got a text from Sally saying her plane was in a circling pattern over Indianapolis and wouldn’t leave the area for another 20 minutes. This gave me time to go get gas.

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When I got back to the lot, the rain had lessened considerably. I’d brought a book, but I was too restless to read. I realized I had the red chair in the back seat, so I decided to take a photo.


This got me some very strange looks from the people in the other cars.

I then decided to make a complete photo record of the lot.









I kept checking the Delta web page online and texting back and forth with Sally. Her plane landed in Indianapolis, but they weren’t allowed off. At one point, she was told they were flying to St. Louis, but that didn’t happen.

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I finally got so bored I drove to a nearby Target and wandered about and bought some Pepsi and chocolate. Back at the lot, I took a few more photos.






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The plane finally landed at 6:00. By the time I picked her up at arrivals, it was 6:35. I had been planning on taking her home and then returning to Target to get Beth, but it was so late we just picked her up on the way home.

The sunset as we drove home was spectacular. I pulled over on Old Sutton Road and took a photo out the window. I didn’t do a thing to this shot, not even cropping. This is just as it appeared on my phone.


We finally got home around 8:15.

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Elgin Public Museum

This museum was built in 1906 to display the natural history collection of G.P. Lord. I don’t think a thing has been changed since, which is what gives the museum its charm. It isn’t large and in fact, as far as I could tell, the historical charm is the only reason to visit.











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