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

We’re on a roll… quite literally… with three days in a row!!!
Another beautiful sunrise bike ride with dark clouds changing to AMAZING colors splashed across the sky!

And then the clouds began to take over.
First the City skyline… illuminated by the sunrise, but shrouded in clouds.

And then

And oh but wait… THIS wasn’t here yesterday?!!!
Let’s hope this doesn’t take too long this time!!!

Categories: Chicago, photography, sunrise

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

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Hard to believe it’s already the last day of July?!
Where did May, June & July go?… oh yeah… that.

Luckily, we have Nature’s beauty going on all around us to remind us that “everything” is not ugly pandemic!!! Appreciate the beauty when you find it.

Meanwhile… THIS was going on behind me to the west…

Categories: photography, sunrise

Stunning sunrise colors sweeping the sky this morning
if for only a few moments. Then it was back to gray, back to clouds.
But this morning’s sunrise was STUNNING…
and deserves a larger panoramic photo!!!

Categories: bike, Chicago, nature, sunrise

The forecast was rain overnight followed by clouds all day. Forever optimistic… I got up early and decided to go for my morning bike ride even though it was VERY dark & cloudy still. So glad I did… as we had a few moments of STUNNING!!! Incredible colors sweeping across the sky before the sun went behind the clouds for the day!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Not a cloud in the sky… and even better, the heat & humidity seems to have broken! Such a beautiful morning. Blue skies. Orange glow. Nice breeze… and not nearly as sweaty!!!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

So the overnight forecast was rain all night into the morning hours… but as the eternal optimist, I decided to set my alarm just in case the rain passed through earlier. And it did!!! The roads were dry so I threw on my bike gear & headed out… still LOTS of clouds! But no rain as predicted.. and sadly NO SUNRISE!!!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sculpture, sunrise

It was also perfect timing to find the Gold Star Families Memorial sculpture all lit up with sunrise reflections. Just south of the Museum Campus, between the harbor and Soldier Field… a fun moment as you pedal up the hill to be greeted by this sunrise surprise!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

You know it’s gonna be a hot one when you wake up early and it’s already in the 80’s! But because I’m a little crazy, I still put on my bike gear and headed out into the humidity… already SWEATING!!! But I’m glad I did. As I went a bit further than usual and got some great shots downtown at Monroe Harbor as a “huge” sun was coming up through the boats.

And then I figured… I’m already a big sweaty mess, so why not go all the way down to end of the bike trail at the South Shore Cultural Center.

So I did.
Dripping.