Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: nature, textures

A little “urban decay” on weathered wood along the CTA train line…
seems oddly fitting for another gray & gloomy day.

Categories: animals, nature

Exciting to see that the Purple Martins have migrated back to Chicago at Montrose Harbor!
A sure sign of Spring as these special avian condos put up their “occupied” signs!!!

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Categories: Mom & Dad, nature, sunset

A beautiful night out in Elgin visiting my parents. I got out there just in time
for a quick walk over to the lake for a sliver of sunset beauty…
and no buildings blocking it like back in the City!

Tall grasses by the lake after a long Winter.

Wispy seed pods being released.

Shaggy layers of birch paper peeling right off the tree.

And a beautiful sunset over a small lake near my parents’ house… we got there just in time!

Categories: nature, weather

And just when I thought the snow was beautiful in Chicago, I get this photo from two of my pottery students currently in Joshua Tree, California. Thank you Jon & Patti for making our Chicago snow “not-so-pretty” real fast.

Your snow is STUNNING!!!
You win!

Categories: nature, weather

Evergreen encased in ice this morning…
along with everything else shimmering, shining & frozen!

Categories: nature, weather

You know I love a good sunrise, but some days there is just no sun…
but instead sheets of ice covering everything.
Still pretty cool in my book… just another beautiful way to start the day!

And yes, you can thank the streetlight for the sparkle & shimmering shine!

Categories: nature

While strolling through Frankfurt’s museum row, you can’t help but notice these crazy cool trees that flank the path. Turns out they are pollarded Plane Trees. Never heard of that… but I think it means overly-pruned to create the “club-like” tips. And the Plane Tree is apparently a relative of an American Sycamore or Sweetgum Tree. Would love to see these when they’re covered with leaves creating a canopy over the path!In fact, while I was there they were actually “pollarding” the trees (is that even a word?)… seemingly cutting off all of the new growth that had sprouted from each of the clumps at the end of the branches.

Cool camouflage bark patterns too..
and the way they seem to slump & wrinkle like a shar pei dog!!!

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Categories: nature

Turned out to be a beautiful day today. A wonderful day to play outside… with a layer of frosty snow in low places where the sun didn’t shine. But that wouldn’t last long as the temperatures soared into the fifties today!!!

Categories: nature

And while I was admiring the frosted Fall leaves, I was also startled by these beautiful red spikes sprouting from one of the trees. It looks like the “old” spikes are brown, whereas the new growth is vibrant RED!!! No idea what kind of tree this is, but I will definitely be watching my distance as I pedal past that tree in the future!

Categories: color, nature, seasons, weather

Sure, the fog & sunrise was beautiful this morning… but the frosted leaves were pretty amazing too! I love how the frost accentuated all of the veins & stems of the leaves… and the muted medley of colors in the frozen fall leaves.