Write It On Your Heart…

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson On this first day of a full week of vacation, I thought it would be a good time to look back over and share some of the best of the best days of 2014. Lots of…

A(nother) Day in the Life

A little over a year ago, I completed a “day in the life” photo project — which meant taking at least one photo every hour all day long. As I said at the time, it’s not that my life is vaguely important or newsworthy enough to merit play-by-play documentation. Rather it is a much-needed exercise in awareness…

Monday Adventure

A much-needed vacation day took me on a road trip to the middle of the state. I had some extra time on my hands this morning, so I stopped by Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Brought to you by the color yellow. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. A cool breeze coupled with the warm…

Ever have the feeling…

…that you’re being watched? On three separate occasions (two this weekend), in three separate communities (one of which is two hours away), I’ve noticed these funky eyeballs staring back at me. No idea what that’s all about, but I laugh every time. Savoring the last few hours of a much-needed long weekend. So, so sad to see…

A New Perspective

While traveling for work, I was able to visit my dear friend and colleague’s family farm. The objective was to take photos of her father working in the fields. Little did I know that her father would invite me for a ride on his combine! This was the view from the combine, above the wheat. What an…

We’re not in Kansas anymore…or Colorado

We reluctantly packed up at the crack of dawn this morning and headed home, putting Colorado and the Rockies in our rear view mirrors. But not before a fun send off from a few rather large visitors. One elk stood right outside our back door, while two others mulled around in the neighboring yard. They…

The Adventure Continues

 Back to Rocky Mountain National Park this morning. First stop: Sprague Lake. This has to be one of my favorite spots of the day. Below is a fly fishing lesson. Can you imagine learning a new skill with THIS as your backdrop? Check out this brazen little chipmunk. We were within just a foot or…

Enjoying the Views

After a loooong drive through the monotonous landscape of Kansas, which my youngest son likened to running on a treadmill, we finally reached the gorgeousness of Colorado. Per usual, we’ve had a very loose agenda. A few non-negotiables are on the itinerary, but we mostly just go with the flow. As a family with two males, one…

65 years

One neat part of my work today involved taking photos at a nursing home. Including this couple. They will have been married for 65 years in July, but they love each other like a couple of teenagers. Constantly blowing each other kisses, looking at each other, flirting, smiling, laughing, holding hands. It was so sweet,…

More to Love

After a trip to a familiar garden on Wednesday, I was able to visit a new one today. Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Around every bend, there was something new to make me catch my breath.   It was right around this spot that I realized that part of my heart would be left behind here. “Rest here…

Happy Place

Had a chance to visit the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois, yesterday. I love this place. I’ve been here several times, but never in the spring. Every visit has been different; every visit has had something new to offer. The only season I’m missing is winter. And I’ll bet that’s beautiful, too.

Morning with the Birds

Made my annual trip to Alton, Illinois, to do a little bird watching this morning. I wish a had a longer lens because the eagles were on the hunt this morning and it was tough to get zoomed in enough. If you look closely, you can see that this pretty fella nailed his treasure. An…

Dear So-and-So…

Well, my firstborn is 21. We celebrated with a Veteran’s Day road trip to see the Chicago Bulls play. While there, we were formally introduced to Sprinkles Cupcakes and experienced Chicago’s first snow of the season. But people-watching along the way has reminded me that I haven’t done a Dear So-and-So post in a very,…

Never Gets Old

A work trip to Northwest Missouri isn’t complete without a visit to the Benedictine Convent in Clyde. I’m convinced that their chapel is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.   I don’t take as many photos as I used to, but it never gets old. Takes my breath away and brings tears…

A Day in the Life

 Believe it or not, these seemingly random photos are actually related. These images reflect my day. From the time I got up to, well, now, I took one photo an hour (when it was possible) to document a “day in the life.” Not to say that my life is vaguely significant or even remotely interesting….

This and That

A work trip to Wisconsin this week led to the discovery of the National Mustard Museum. Not shown here: t-shirts that read “Poupon U”. Clever, huh? Figured my boys would appreciate it. But the museum was closed so the shirts will have to wait until another visit. Another unique-to-Wisconsin sighting: the Badger. This hand-carved guy…

A Quick Adventure

A last-minute weekend road trip to Chicago brought an opportunity to work on a  few pano photos. Above: Cardinals vs. Cubs. And I’m happy to report that St. Louisans saw a winner! I’m happier to report that we witnessed Yadi smack one out and heard “Yadi! Yadi! Yadi!” chanted throughout Wrigley Field by the Cardinal invasion. It…

San Antonio

I’ve been out of touch for a few days due to a work trip to San Antonio that brought a few adventures for me and the boys. Memphis threw a wrench into our plans to see a playoff game while in town when they got themselves swept, but it didn’t stop us from visiting the…

Road trip

Best part of a too-short weekend: my folks spending the better part of seven hours in the car to go see my photos hanging in our new hospital over in Illinois. Fortunately, the hospital wouldn’t become operational until the next day, so we were able to do a look-through on every floor and see every…

We meet at last..

Today, as a very brief detour on a work road trip, I got to visit the home of my favorite soap producer on the planet. After years of ordering online and admiring their catalogs, I was finally able to visit them in person. They proved to be a dog friendly workplace. Meet Daisy the Pug. They proved to…

Road Trip

First road trip of 2013 is in the books! Oklahoma City and back…in two days. We got to see our favorite ballers up close. And I mean really close. Above were our actual seats, but during the pre-game warmup, an unbelievably obliging customer service woman arranged for the kids to sit in the owner’s seats…shown…

Ten Thousand Hills

Parents’ Day Weekend at Tanner’s fraternity house brought a much-needed road trip this weekend. It’s so weird to see how grown up and independent my youngest child has become. Weird, but fun. Early this morning I decided to stop by a state park before heading home. Ten Thousand Hills State Park is just outside of…

Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit

For the longest time, I’ve wanted to get out to Santa Rosa, California, to visit the Charles M. Schultz Museum. At one point I thought that maybe I could find a way to incorporate a stop at the museum while meeting my goal of visiting California’s wintering sites of the monarch butterfly. I’d scoured maps…

Sisters, Soap, Sunflowers

Last day of a work road trip brought us back to the countryside for another visit with the Benedictines. Today we visited the convent, or as I like to think of it, home of the Holy Water soap. (Not the official name of their business, but the Sisters do add Holy Water to each batch.)…

Conception, Missouri

A small detour during a work road trip took me to a beautiful Benedictine monastery in the Northwest corner of the state. I’ve been here a few times before, but there’s something new to photograph every time. There’s a wonderful collection of Madonnas, the Basilica, small grottos on the grounds…it’s a peaceful, holy place. Given…