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

Gotta love when science & nature collide. Like this wonderful example of photosynthesis. I was first drawn to the vibrant red colors of this bush.

I was noticing how each leaf was a different color, a different shade of red… and even MORE dramatic when I moved a couple leaves to find a bright yellow spot.

A “void” on the red leaf because the sun wasn’t getting to all of the bottom leaf to change it to red! Isn’t Mother Nature AMAZING?!!!

Categories: color, nature, seasons

A beautiful Fall ombre-colored ivy climbing the wall. With snow in the forecast, I’m not sure that this is going to last much longer?! It has been a beautiful Fall season… but is so wrong that I want it to last even longer??? I’m not ready for SNOW!!!

Categories: nature, seasons, weather

Another gusty windy day in Chicago! A lot of leaves dropping from trees, flying around, swirling everywhere and eventually piling up in the darndest places!

Categories: color, nature, textures

Beautiful fall colored ivy leaves on a beautiful weathered fence.
Perfect for a natural Texture Tuesday!

Categories: nature

Late afternoon shadows accentuating some of the red maple leaves that are scattered about. Trying my best to enjoy and take in the last of these beautiful Fall days! So thankful that the Fall colors have been around for as long as they have been this year!

Categories: flowers, nature

While I was outside pedaling, there were plenty of bees working hard along the lakefront too! Trying to gather the last of the pollen before a big freeze shuts them all down! I’m sure they’re moving a bit slower on these chilly days… but enjoying today’s bright sunshine!!!

Categories: flowers, nature, seasons

Some of the flowers along the bike trail are still hanging on…
while others, not so much.

Categories: nature, seasons

With beautiful blue skies & leaves falling fast… I was excited to find this one tree hanging onto its leaves!!! Sure, I’m “supposed” to be home setting up for MY HOLIDAY HOME SHOW and not biking… but how could I miss out on a beautiful day like today?! If nothing else but to see one of the sole survivors along the lakefront!

Categories: lillstreet, nature, seasons

Another beautiful day in Chicago. The sun was shining, the sky bright blue and some of the honey locust trees on the side of Lillstreet are still in full golden splendor. I taught class this morning and worked in the studio all afternoon… but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak out for a quick break now & again, right?!

Categories: color, nature, seasons, weather

The overnight temperatures dropped quickly, and it looks like the ginkgo trees dropped their leaves quickly too! Still more leaves to go… but for now, there’s a beautiful carpet of golden leaves on the ground.