Wilmette, IL

The Village of Wilmette, IL is one of the wealthy suburbs located about 14 miles north of Chicago. It is the home of the Bahá’í House of Worship for North America.

Birth of a Day

Sunrise over Lake Michigan @ Fullerton and Lakeshore Drive, May 13, 2017

Buck’s Place Opens

Short visit to Grant Park on Sunday, May 7, a day after the Buckingham Fountain opened for the season.

Three Takes on North Korea

From leaders to portraiture to the side you haven’t seen, photojournalists are going against photography restrictions in North Korea.

Three Takes on North Korea

North Korea has a reputation for being closed off & private to those from outside the country. Here are 3 views of present-day North Korea. 📷: ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

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Epic 12-Hour Walk, Parts 4 and 5

Last April 8, a group of us, who now we call “The Early Risers” (because we tend to start our walks way before sunrise), met up and did a marathon photo shoot from basically sunrise to sundown. I left the house at 5:21 AM and arrived back at the house at 5:21 PM.

These photos are from the part 4 and 5 of the walk which was the Garfield Park Conservatory and then the River North legs, respectively.

Happy Earth Day!

Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Earth Day, April 22, 2017

Epic 12-Hour Walk, Part 3

On April 8, a bunch of like-minded photographers decided to meet up just before sunrise at North Ave. Beach to photograph the rising of the sun. They decided that it was too much fun to waste the morning … so they continued their meet-up to which ever place first popped up in their collective minds.

This is part 3 of their continuing walk – from the Loop to the Riverwalk leg. On their way, they found dead birds that hit buildings on their migration and turned over trash compactor, most of them, on Wacker Drive.

The Riverwalk is a fairly new addition to Chicago – it has always been there, of course, but its development as a public destination probably happened in the early 2000. Now, it is an open pedestrian promenade from the lake to its fork when the river splits into its north and south branches. The walk has restaurants along with public seating and resting places, boat rentals and other activities. There seems to be some theme as you walk along – from upscale restaurants in the west end which is more architecturally landscaped with concrete seating and metal railings to a more down to earth atmosphere in the east end with funkier bars and rustic landscaping (plastic seating here folks) and loud music in the east end.

Epic 12-Hour Walk, Part 2

In part 2 of the walk, Tim K. took us to the 8th floor deck of a parking structure in the loop (on Wells and Lake) to shoot the trains crossing in the junction of Clark and Lake below. Several lines pass through here – Brown, Green, Pink, Orange, and Purple – so every few minutes, you will see one or two lines on the tracks.

This is a very popular site to shoot the tracks from above, but I have never been here. I’ve been in the other parking lots shooting trains from above, but not this one.

BTW, I used my iPhone to shoot these photos.