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Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way

Growing up in the United States in the 1970s, one of the great moments of childhood was the Family Road Trip. Immortalized in the original Vacation movie, all people of my age will have fond memories of a cross-country trek with the family.  I have had several of these growing up.  California, Kentucky, and the infamous Washington DC trip in the summer of 1975.

Although we never stopped to see Clark Griswold’s Second Largest Ball of Twine, no family vacation would be complete with out visiting one of the many roadside attractions designed to lure in travelers to spend a little cash.  Paul Bunyan Statues, Sun Glass Wearing Elephants, and if you are in traveling outside Madison, Wisconsin, there is this way larger than life cow:


I will have to hunt through my pictures and see if I can find any other great attractions we have stopped to see One the Way.




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

In a city the size of Chicago, very often you will come across a wall where some young artist has decided to express themselves.

Express Yourself

But sometimes where and when you find this self expression can be a little off setting.

Express Yourself in a Bad Situation

I may have expressed myself verbally while trying to get my car out of this situation.




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow Part 2

The Yellow of Childhood.

Yellow School Bus

This picture was taken outside the Rialto Theater in Joliet, Illinois.  The buses were waiting for the children to be released from a Christmas production at the theater.




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Tom 365 – December 23, 2014

The White Squirrel

We have a white squirrel in our back yard.  I had originally spotted him a couple weeks ago in a tree in our front yard, but I never had the camera or cell phone ready to take a picture.

We have four other squirrels in our back yard, two brown and two grey, and we keep them well fed because they seem to keep the rabbits away.

Our other squirrel have gotten to know us very well, and at times they will actually look in the windows if we have forgotten to put something out for them.

But then while sitting and having coffee, we suddenly see the White Squirrel.  This is the first time he has ventured into our back yard.  The other squirrels seem intimidated by him.

The White Squirrel of Bolingbrook


Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist 2

From a trip to St. Joseph, Michigan:

Minimalist in Art Color

In Color

Minimalist in Art Black & White

In Black and White

Water Sculpture - Full View

The Full View

Water Sculpture - Minimalist View

The Minimalist View




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

I really don’t have an explanation for this one.  I took the picture on Friday while I was walking around downtown Joliet, Illinois.  I don’t have a title or a specific reason for this selection.  I just thought it would make a good cover to something.

The Open Window

I am Open to suggestions.




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction


Yep.  It is a giant cow and a rainbow.

I will let you figure out which one is the refraction.




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

My wife and I have been dreaming of going to Paris.  She has been.  I have not.  So, last week we took a visit to The Art Institute here in Chicago, and in the Impressionism Wing, I found myself lost in the idea.

Here are some of the works that inspired me:

On the Bank of the Seine - Claude Monet

On the Bank of the Seine – Claude Monet

Paris Street: Rainy Day  -  Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street: Rainy Day – Gustave Caillebotte

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte  -  Georges Seurat

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – Georges Seurat

All of the pictures were taken with my iPhone.  New World technology to capture an old world dream.




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Weekly Photo Challenge: (Neon) Signs

When I saw the theme of this week’s challenge, I knew where it would eventually lead me.  Neon Signs.  I sometimes drive my wife crazy, because I am constantly stopping to take pictures of neon signs as I travel around the city of Chicago.  I have started to collect some of the photos on another blog I have entitled, Rediscovering the Neon Jungle.

Here are a few of the signs I have collected.



clark bar

green mill


new line






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I promise they are not all booze related.


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Weekly Photo Challenge : Endurance

The lighthouse at St. Joseph, Michigan.

St. Joseph Pier Lighthouse

It sits on the edge of Lake Michigan and endures the abuse all year round.

St. Joseph's Lighthouse

And a great place to take a walk or sail, if you need to work on your own endurance.

Sailing at St. Joseph's Lighthouse




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