What do you do when you’re faced with a very cloudy day and it’s a holiday weekend? Go to the zoo!
With guests in town, we found ourselves indoors at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and I was absolutely thrilled to bring the camera along for the journey and practice of my macro-without-a-macro-lens photography and with light.
This beauty was captured with a shallow depth of field focused on the center, but the way the light was hitting was scrumptious.
The light hitting this badboy just right, and with some post-processing I drew the eye in just a little bit more.
This orange fella just pops off the green background, with its very delicate leaves.
Last but not least the curl on this one reminded me of a leafy tongue.
This weekend I found myself in the thick of humanity. With so many people in town visiting, I was only so happy to wander around with my partner and her parents taking it all in. We spend a lot of time on south end of Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park. And in the few hundred snaps, there emerged the theme of family.
Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend as much as I did.
You would’ve been 64 this year, but you wouldn’t have aged one bit for as long as I have remembered you. I know you would’ve wanted to look younger, but your salt and pepper hair was just so beautiful against your dark, smooth skin. It just worked.
Had you been around, we would’ve come to visit you and made you some homemade tres leches cake, with about 64 candles on it (just to be obnoxious). We would’ve laughed a lot, and had a lovely dinner. For you this year, you might’ve noticed I lit a candle for you and kissed you on the forehead.
Your birthday has always been a quick and private affair with dad. This year would’ve been different only because one realizes the shortness of life when it stares you straight in the face. One has to take advantage of every moment, celebrate every precious minute, because you just never know if it’ll be the last.
Your life has taught me that. And it’s something I won’t ever forget.
I cannot explain why today more than any other day I miss you more. Maybe it is a reminder from finishing out the show The United States of Tara. E and I started watching that show a while back and just became emotionally hooked.
I think it is because when to came to you I am glad you did not suffer as much and that we all had a chance to enjoy your company even if toward the end it was a little unpredictable. The fact was — is — you are a wonderful mother, friend, and wife.
And although it feels okay for the most part that you are now gone, free from pain, there’s something missing in my life that doesn’t feel right. Coming up the stairs on the Blue Line is lonely without reaching for my phone to talk with you. Or when I come to visit you would always stay awake to greet me, no matter what time it was.
Definitely not the gun show, but the National Restaurant Association’s annual show at McCormick place. This is an add-on you can install on a cooler that plays video directly on top of the glass. It’s VERY neat and really grabs your eye.
From a consumer perspective, this could be totally distracting. But from a marketing perspective, it will definitely draw your eye. I imagine a QT or 7-11 iwth a whole bank of these in a row. Wow.
I remembered the Olds museum at the very last minute, so I was more than thrilled that it was open and only cost $6 to get it. The afternoon was full of memories and I learned a bunch of new stuff, too.
Hey there! Today would have been a lovely day to celebrate you. I imagine this year I would’ve come to visit and we would have finally tried to get to Cafe Roma in Detroit like I always wanted to try to take you.
I thought about you a lot and had a good dose of memories heaped on me. I am remembering the way you would always make something very special for our birthdays, for instance, and am craving your chicken and dumplings recipe. I know you didn’t like how it turned out but it seems that we have some of your tamales here too. Cannot wait to dive into those soon.
The little things usually mean the most the more you think about them. For some reason today’s comfort comes from food and how much love you put into them every time you made something. Perhaps that’s what I immediately think of taking you out to dinner, to give you a break on your special day, and to have another adventure.
We heard a big loud crashing sound last night. We got really scared because we thought we were being burgled. Turns out it was just that big, green-and-magenta painting in the hallway that fell off one of its hooks, and swung against the wall. Really spooky sounding.
I told E about it and she said the cross that was on the bathroom door fell on the floor, and under the big metal shelf in the kitchen.
I assumed it was you trying to navigate our home. Door’s always open for you — you don’t have to knock everything over. 😉