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Northern Lights Road Trip

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I might have a small obsession with the Northern Lights.  I realized this last week when I heard about the powerful solar storm that happened on the night of March 6th & 7th.  The solar storm produced a coronal mass ejection (CME) which was headed for earth & expected to reach on March 8th.  As soon as I heard about the solar storm, I wanted to drive up as far north as I could get. Continue reading

Red Rock Crossing, Sedona AZ

I think Sedona, AZ is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to.  Everything about it is just gorgeous.  The energy, the scenery, the people, the weather..  Even the McDonalds is pretty (and no, I didn’t eat there).

The painting I did below is of Cathedral Rock, from a picture I took at Red Rock Crossing.  (I changed the sky a bit though – giving it a stormy look in the distance).  At the time I was there, I had no idea that I was near one of the 4 energy vortexes in Sedona.  I knew something was special about that place.  You can just feel it in your soul.

I’m lucky I was able to get a few pictures because right when I got there, I slipped on a rock & dropped my film camera into the water and some of my photos were destroyed.  Bummer!

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La Jolla? Sunset Cliffs?

I’m embarrassed to admit, but I forgot where I took this photo.  I don’t know if it’s La Jolla or Sunset Cliffs in San Diego.  Does anybody recognize it?

Regardless of where it is, I did a painting of it.  Actually, a 2nd painting of it now that I have better art supplies.  I’m just hoping to have this mystery solved so that I don’t sound so stupid when asked, where is this?

So if anyone out there knows where this is, can you please let me know?

Original SOLD – 12×18 prints available for $20

Hiking Hocking Hills

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If you plan on going to Hocking Hills & have an iphone or probably any other smart phone, you should download the app before you arrive since there is no phone/web service through the area.  But if you’re like me and are still using a dumb dinosaur phone, I advise going to the Visitor Center at the State Park Campground & spending $2 on trail map.  There is camping throughout the area but some of the private campgrounds look abandoned & have real bumpy roads.  Some campgrounds even have mud ruts so deep you might even get your car stuck.  (speaking from experience) Continue reading

Great Scenic Drives & Hiking Near Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is a place that pretty much everyone I know has been to at least once in their lives.  Last year was my turn.  I finally made it to Vegas!  Time to party?  Not exactly.  Well ok, the first night was a party on Freemont St. but the rest of my time there I had more fun off the strip, getting out into nature, rather than losing my money in the casinos & spending $10 for a sandwich.  We kept it cheap & still had fun. Continue reading

Indian Summer ~ A walk around Lake Katherine

We’ve had quite a few unseasonably warm weekends here in the Midwest that lasted well into November.  This was my last chance to get outside & catch some vibrant fall foliage on this 70 degree day.  So, we packed up our gear & of course we brought Marley with for the walk at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL.

Now that winter is here though, I probably won’t be getting outside as much.  (That is unless Santa brings me my winter boots & snow pants.)  So I’m probably going to take this opportunity to do some more artwork.

Here are a few photos I took

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Monsoon Season

One thing I miss about living in Arizona is the summer thunderstorms that happened frequently in the afternoons (also known as monsoons).  I lived in Mesa for a while and it seemed that almost every afternoon I’d get off work & as soon as I parked it would start to rain as I ran (or sometimes walked) to my apartment.  It was nice that I could cool off from a long hot ride home since I didn’t have air conditioning in my car.  The water in the pool was way to hot to cool off in, so  I would just sit out on my balcony watching the storm roll in,  getting misted by the huge pellets of rain crashing on the handrail of the balcony.  Or sometimes it would even rain sideways.  I LOVE thunderstorms..

As my parting gift, Arizona gave me one last beautiful storm to capture on film.  I took this photo on my last day in Arizona driving back to Illinois.  As I was looking for somewhere to pull over with some sort of foreground I came across this tiny pond (or puddle?) and these weird little desert trees.

This was taken just east of Flagstaff on a road near the Meteor Crater.   If anyone has driven I-40 you should know what I’m talking about.

Smoky Mountain Snail

I came across this lil guy while walking along a road in the Smoky Mountains.  Some people ask me how do I find such little things in such big places because I’m always spotting wildlife etc.  I’m just observant & patient in nature.  You never know what you’re gonna see.  The next time you’re hiking, wait at least 2 minutes in silence.  Just sit down & wait quietly… notice the animals will come.  Listen, watch & enjoy.

Sunset over Alum Creek Lake, OH

The name is just a little contradicting don’t you think?  Is it a creek?  Is it a lake?  :)   Anyways, I spent my birthday weekend visiting my cousin in Ohio & she took us out on the boat for the day.  I took this photo on my birthday at sunset.  What a beautiful birthday gift from nature.  Thankfully the lake was pretty calm since I took this photo from the boat.  It may look a little crooked, but hey…I’m no pro ; )

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Turkey Run

I went hiking one day at Turkey Run State Park and out of the corner of my eye through all the green foliage, I noticed something bright orange about 40 feet off the path..  Of course I was curios to see what that bright orange blob could be.  As I got a little closer I realized it’s mushrooms.  I’ve never seen such a shroom like this before.  This was some fun fungi to photograph.   Awesome!

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