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It’s been a little less than 24 hrs. since the historic blizzard of 2011 has ended. My car is finally shoveled out and the roads are fairly passable yet still kinda rough. It’s been a doozy of a few days. While I wasn’t brave enough to go outside in the snow and take pictures (hello! I’m only 5’2″– i would have been in snow up to my neck!) I do want to share some images from folks around Chicagoland and how they captured the blizzard on film…

Frozen Lake Shore Drive
Frozen Lake Shore Drive via extinction blues

Chicago Blizzard 2011
via mg33_chicago

Lake Shore Drive in the Blizzard
via metroblossom

Snowmageddon - Feb 2, 2011.
via Brandon

32/365 - 2/1/2011 - Title: Snowmageddon - Location: Chicago
via Ken Bocchino

Stranded
via hedgehog3457

the cleanup begins...
via cb804

Hope you’ve all had a chance to shovel out and are staying warm and cozy!
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Up in the Air
photo credit: El Dave

Have you seen this? I mean, really? How cool is that! A hot air balloon over Chicago!
I’m a little disappointed that I missed the Albuquerque‎ International Balloon Fiesta. Both times I visited New Mexico, I was off by a week. This is probably the next best thing, right in my own backyard! Did I mention that you can go INSIDE this balloon?!

I so want to do this once this summer. Can you image the photos I’d be able to take? **sigh**

Here’s a little blurb from the Navy Pier website:

Float in silence 35 stories into the air on the Navy Pier AeroBalloon, an anchor, helium-filled, state of the art balloon. The balloon will carry up to 17 passengers at a time for spectacular 360-degree panoramas of a bustling downtown Chicago.

Tickets are $25 for an adult (for a 8-10 minute ride.) A little on the pricey side, but seriously, how often do you get a chance to be up in a hot air balloon?!

Now, all i need to do is find some friends who are NOT afraid of heights to go with me…

Have you been on this yet? What did you think?

Turn for Clearer View
photo credit: El Dave

Special thanks to El Dave for letting me use his images in this post. If you like his images, please check out his flickr page. If you’re interested in purchasing any of his images as fine art prints, please check out his etsy shop and feel free to contact him for any special requests you might have!



Blackhawks Celebration, originally uploaded by ifmuth.

wow.
makes me a little glad that I don’t have to work downtown!

Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks! It’s been a fabulous season!!!

The big highlight this weekend– Renegade Craft Fair!

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

renegade craft fair, chicago

It was super awesome!!! TONS of great folks came out to sell their awesome creations, and TONS more people came out to support them and shop!!!!

Here are some of my favorite shops that we saw:

renegage favorites
1. Handcrafted curiosities by Lori Brown
2. Felt wonders and other clever crafts from abbeychristine
3. Fernworks
4. Cakespy.com

To see a list of all the other fabulous shops that attended in the Renegade Craft Fair this year, please check out this links page (warning: be prepared to browse for hours…)
Renegade Craft Fair Artists

The rest of the weekend was spent working on a LARGE stained glass door. I took it home from the theater last weeks and had plans to just clean it up a bit and re-lead the glass. Well, cleaning led to removing all of the lead which lead to a “blank canvas” sort of situation– so I created a new pattern and painted it in. (It looks awesome! Photos to come later!) I also worked on a Japanese scroll for the upcoming show. I can’t show you that– you’ll have to see the show to see it!!!!

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair September 2009

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair September 2009

You should go.
Find out more info here.

Happy Monday!!! I’m back with another Macro Monday– This week’s theme is “Seeing the Light.” I really like this weeks theme, as I find light to be very important when I shoot!

This is a close-up shot of the face towers that are on Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago (right outside the art institute.) The faces are kinda creepy. They just sorta stare out at each other. But anyways, all these tiny lights make up images of these hulking towers! Close up, they don’t really look like much, do they? get a little father away, and they look like this:
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photo by chartno3
kinda cool, huh?

taken at the Garfield Park Conservatory. I gotta tell you what a gem of a conservatory this is! I can’t believe I only discovered it last year (I mean, I’ve known about it all along, but it wasn’t until last year that I actually visited it!) It truly is one of my favorite conservatories/garden in the city. I think I like this one better than the Lincoln Park Convervatory (which is saying alot!!!) I can’t wait to check it out when it’s warmer and greener outside!

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