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Winter Scenes, Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Michigan. Created with Adobe Sparks.

Macro Shoot, Lincoln Park Conservatory



When I am out of ideas, I go macro. It always satisfies the craving for new perspectives.

And the best way is to go deeper into the private lives of plants, especially flowering plants.

Without the guilt of intrusion.

Shot these flowers at the Lincoln Park Conservatory with the usual suspects, Mark Marshall and Tim Karas, February 18, 2018.


Mark and Tim



Snow Day at the Park, February 17, 2018

Just a regular snow fall, albeit, the whole day. So I went to Millennium Park to photograph. There were a lot of people there. It wasn’t that cold, that’s why.



Throwback, Lunar New Year 2004 Argyle St. Uptown

Fire and ice!

Scenes salvaged from the Lunar New Year celebration on Argyle St. in Uptown, Chicago back in 2004. As mentioned in a previous post, a hard drive containing my 2004 photos crashed and most of its content were unrecoverable or could be recovered at a very prohibitive cost (at that time more than $2000). But I managed to find some pictures from the Chinese New Year celebration that year – snow and firecrackers at the same time!

Back in 2004, I had an Olympus C-720 Camedia that took damn good pictures (Olympus lenses are quite good) with a 8x optical zoom but was very slow. But nevertheless, it was a great entry camera for me to serious photography and have even some photos accepted in Getty Images using this point and shoot.

Now that the lunar New Year celebration is approaching (it’s going to be on the 24th here on Argyle St. and the 25th in Chinatown), I thought I resurrect these photos from 14 years ago.

新年快乐
Xīnnián kuàilè

It’s the year of the dog!



Throwback, First Digital Photochallenge Meet-up, July 4 weekend 2004

Back in 2004, as a beginning photographer, I was very active in the DPC (Digital Photochallenge) community and even had a blue ribbon award and other prize-winning photos in some of the challenges that I entered. I learned a lot from the comments from like-minded community members. During the July 4 weekend of 2004 (if I remember correctly), the midwest members decided to have a meet up (or GTG as we called it then) in Chicago. Members coming from as far as Ohio and Kentucky (again, if I remember correctly) came for a two-day meet up.

Unfortunately, my 2004 hard drive crashed and valuable photos of that event and many other events in 2004 were lost, except for these that I managed to find. Fun times then!



Fog, February 15, 2018

There’s so much beauty in nature. Even on a crappy day.
Sohl Avenue and Becker St. in Hammond, Indiana, early morning and then mid afternoon, before and after work.



A Very Short Drop By at the Lakefront – Jan 12, 2018

It was quite windy on my drive home on the 12th of January, so I stopped by the lakefront by the Foster Ave. beach and took pictures of the waves hitting the groin.

I was the only one there, but people arrived to take pictures as I was leaving.



Red Blood and Blue, January 31, 2018


Total lunar eclipse that was a red blood moon and a blue moon at the same time. Saw this from Wolf Lake in Hammond, IN. As soon as the eclipse became total, clouds came in.

January 31, 2018



San Leandro Marina, December 27, 2017

Beautiful San Leandro Marina … spent just a few minutes with my niece and her husband and kid to watch the sunset at the Marina. We were coming from the Vallejo area, going home to Union City.




So glad that we did it.

Painted Ladies – December 31, 2017

According to Wikipedia, “In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies – San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians.”



It turned out, these painted ladies in San Francisco are just up the street where I was staying … so I paid them a short visit, New Year’s Eve.