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

Fall berries on the vine. Simple curves, colored berries on a metal trellis against a weathered wooden fence.

Categories: flowers, nature

Beautiful blue skies made for the perfect “excuse” to get outside to play hooky this afternoon.

It’s been so cold lately, that this little bit of a warm spell is a welcome surprise! And it looks like it might stay around all week?! WHOO-HOO!!! Take advantage of it… go outside to play!!!

Categories: nature, textures

Celebrating another TEXTURE TUESDAY with some natural stone erosion along the lakefront. I love the layers, the shading & the textures that happened from all of the crashing waves over the years!

Categories: flowers, nature

Enjoying some of the wild “sunflowers” blooming along the lakefront. Not quite sure, but I’m guessing they’re somewhere between sunflowers & black-eyed susans?! Either way… BEAUTIFUL!!! And apparently the bees like them too!!!

Categories: animals, inspiration, nature, photography

With Summer coming all-too-quickly to an end, and a BEAUTIFUL day last Wednesday, I decided to take the day off and play hooky!!! I drove up to Rock Cut State Park in Rockford.

We used to go camping there all the time as kids, so it was a bit of a flashback! Such a beautiful day hiking around the lake a couple times… logging in some good miles of beautiful scenery… and a very relaxing & much needed day off!

CAUTION ALERT – – –
And after a LOT of beautiful scenery… of course we had to have a bit of reality! Which of course is totally fine by me… I have a strange attraction to roadkill. The whole “circle of life” thing I guess.

Categories: flowers, nature, seasons

Another beautiful day with the Fall colors just starting to pop out. A little too early for the “full Fall” color show… but still beautiful. So I decided to take the day to “play hooky” and hike around Rock Cut State Park in Rockford, Illinois. We used to camp here a lot when we were kids, so there were quite a few childhood flashbacks along the way! A great day to kick-back, relax and hike around the lake… THREE TIMES!!!

Another beautiful day to get out

Categories: animals, nature

Smoke in the sky… feathers in the sand.

Categories: inspiration, nature, weather

After nearly a week of rain, gray clouds & wind… it was finally AMAZING outside today!!! Making it the perfect day to play hooky along the lakefront! I got to ride my bike all afternoon, stopped to play several times, kicked my shoes off and RELAXED in the summer sun!!!

Categories: flowers, nature

Life in the City… and somehow Nature perseveres! Normally just an iron gate to my back courtyard… now with a little “volunteer” petunia nestled in the corner. Struggling to survive… yet flourishing & making me smile every time I see it!

Categories: nature

It was a beautiful day with bright blue skies before a few clouds moved in. I got to play along the lake on my bike… enjoying the cool breezes & splashing waves! You gotta love a “day at the beach” to celebrate the “last day” of Summer! But I’ll be hanging onto Summer as long as I possibly can…

Also enjoying the simplicity of line & texture of the beach grass clumps on the beach.

And then there were a few feathers… one that might have fallen out…
and another clump that looks like it might have been pulled out?!!!