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

Spending some time today shooting more pottery photos… getting ready for CYBER MONDAY with a huge update for online sales! To be followed by some extra “fun” on my Fire When Ready Pottery Facebook page to kick-off my “Twelve Days of Christmas”!!!

More details to come… start making your holiday shopping list now!

Categories: photography, sunrise

Big sky. Big clouds. Big colors… all need a big photo!!!

Categories: creativity, inspiration, photography

Celebrating a little “Snail Mail Monday” with my newest postcards from THE POSTCARD CLUB. Another grouping of beautiful photo cards to send out the old-school way! If you like getting & sending actual mail & saying “Hi” to good friends… check ’em out.

Click here for THE POSTCARD CLUB!

Categories: color, nature, photography

You gotta love the fantastic colors that magically appear
during the Autumn season.

Categories: nature, photography, sunrise

What a difference a little “focus” can make!

Categories: flowers, nature, photography

The weather this week has been AMAZING!
So who could “blame me” for taking another day off to play hooky?!

I decided today to check out another one of our beautiful Illinois State Parks… by heading up to Moraine Hills State Park pretty far up in the north-eastern-most corner of Illinois. The Fall colors were pretty great, an incredible blue sky, perfect temps… and practically no one was there!!!

I did all three loops of the park and maybe passed a dozen people all day. I saw more sandhill cranes, snowy egrets & great blue herons than people… oh yeah, and two snakes!!!

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!!!