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

Another hazy-foggy start with the marine layer delaying the sun’s appearance. Well worth the wait… as a big red ball appeared, and then “bounced” on reflected ripples.

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: photography, sunrise

One of the challenges of catching splashy photos on a windy morning is that the “mist” keeps hitting the camera lens! So you pretty much need to dry the lens after every shot… or every crashing wave. It gets a little tiresome… but if you don’t wipe it off, you get THIS!!!

Which now that I look at it… this isn’t too shabby either?!!
Hard to mess up a beautiful sunrise, huh?!

Categories: photography, sunrise

It was SO good to see colorful sunrise clouds again… and the crashing waves didn’t hurt any either! It was a big sky morning… which required a big sky photo!!!

Categories: bike, photography, sunrise

Sometimes a bigger sunrise requires a bigger panoramic photo
to capture the morning sky show!

Categories: Chicago, photography, sunrise

Two more pictures from this morning… when the colors were sweeping across the horizon. One before, and one after the sun made its grand appearance!

Categories: nature, photography, sunrise

Sometimes you just need a bigger photo to capture the morning’s sky show!

Categories: photography, sunrise

Big sky. Big clouds. Big fun!

Categories: photography, sunrise

Bigger clouds… bigger sky… bigger sunrise… requires a BIGGER PHOTO!
… or two?!

And then the same shot… just a minute or so later!

Categories: Chicago, photography, sunrise

Big sky. Big clouds. Big color… and therefore, a BIG PHOTO!