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

A lot of people have asked what kind of camera I use for my morning sunrise photos! It’s just a little point & shoot… nothing fancy… that fits in the rear pocket on my biking jersey! Oh yeah, always in a ziplock bag so it doesn’t get all sweaty wet!!!

This one is brand new as today was its first voyage out for sunrises! My previous one was the same brand & style… it was just not working well. Some times the image in the viewfinder window would just wiggle… and then it would automatically shut down after two or three shots… and the last straw was when it totally gave up and stopped turning on… kinda like it couldn’t open its own aperture?!

Sure, maybe it could have broken from all the use… I’ve taken a LOT of sunrises with my old camera. Or all of the jostling while I’m bike riding… or times I got caught in the rain… or the times I dropped it…. or the times I would take it out to take photos on a roller coaster… or any of the other countless times I mishandled the camera!!! HA!!!

So yes, my sunrises are shot with this little baby…
but I do use my iPhone for panorama shots & videos!!!

Categories: photography, sunrise

Big sky. Colorful clouds. Stunning reflections…
all better with a panoramic photo!!!

Categories: photography, sunrise
Categories: creativity, friends, photography

Remember when people would actually write cards, letters & postcards… well, we’re bringing it back!!! My friends Emma & Clayton have started a new program to get people writing again… THE POSTCARD CLUB. I just got my first packet of postcards with some of Emma’s cool photographs on them! Can’t wait to mail them out… but to who?… that’s the question!

For more info…

Categories: inspiration, nature, photography

Always love driving through central Illinois. There’s a certain serenity to the rural landscape, the newly planted fields, the vast open sky… and my favorite assortment of dilapidated old barns… like this one!

Categories: inspiration, photography

This weekend was a beautiful weekend… perfect for road-trippin’!!!
Helping to put things back into the right perspective.

See what I did there?

Categories: architecture, photography

Gotta love a good “self-isolating in my car” roadtrip through Central Illinois. Nothing but blue skies… and some rural architecture, landmarks & scenery!

Categories: nature, photography

A wide vista of Lake Michigan from the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve overlook. A wonderful view shared with… no one!!! Again, pedaling solo! Love the colors… the blue of the sky, the turquoise hue of the water and the mucky brown water where it’s all being churned up by the waves!

Categories: bike, nature, photography, travel

It was another beautiful blue sky Sunday yesterday…
so why not go for another beautiful bike ride?!safely by myself!!!

Again, I headed north as the Chicago Lakefront is still shut-down!
So pedaled north LITERALLY until the bike path ended!
Which is apparently across from the Great Lake Naval Station!

Kinda makes you think of the Shel Silverstein classic book, huh?!

So when I started out on my bike, it looked beautiful, the sun, the blue skies… but… it was a cold & windy ride… I easy could have used another layer… or five!!!

But look at those colors!!!

A little further north at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve area… with a scenic vista overlooking the lake! Still waiting for the prairie grasses & trees to get green again!

Then I went down to the beach area, passing a vintage army machine gun… proving that Fort Sheridan was an actual FORT back in the days!!!

I’ve ALWAYS said that the best part of biking… is STOPPING!
Cuz’ if you don’t, you miss out on seeing beautiful locations like this deserted beach area!

Back up from the beach… an now in the Fort Sheridan neighborhood that used to be a military encampment.

Headed further north… past Lake Forest… past Lake Bluff…

And up into North Chicago which is apparently where the Bike Path ENDS!!! Right across from the Great Lakes Naval Station! I took the path ending as a sign it was time to turn back and head home… especially as my toes & fingers were FREEZING!!!

Okay, maybe one last scenic stop… I mean, I was already there, right?!

Categories: photography, textures

Kicking off a fun year-long photo challenge tomorrow!!!
You may need to follow me on INSTAGRAM to see all of my texture photos.
And then even better… please feel free to participate as well.
Just post a “texture” photo to your Instagram feed every Tuesday in 2020!
It can be anything with a texture… your own artwork, someone else’s work, nature, flowers,
inspirations, etc. It’s just that easy… at least one photo every Tuesday!!!…
with the hashtag #TextureTuesday !!!