Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sitting on the Dock of the Lake

A little bit of calm, a healing dose of serenity and the welcomed quiet of a wintry afternoon was the tendered remedy along the Lakefront path at Montrose Harbor.  

 The crisp January air was renewing and the picturesque scenery offered a temporary escape from the stress and strife of everyday life. 

When there is so much work to do, it can be very difficult to push ones’ self away from the desk, but I believe it is paramount to briefly step away, as even a few relaxing moments can infuse one with new energy.  The further I walked, the less guilty I felt about taking a break.  I observed and reveled in the fact that the Chicago city skyline laid before me, serving as a majestic divider between the afternoon sky and the blue waters of Lake Michigan. #stunning #awesome #wonderfulworld

The gentleman that graciously posed for me added to the “deep-in-thought” imagery of the scene.  He looks out over the rippling waters, content with an outside view of the concrete jungle ahead. 


When viewing these captured images, I can’t help but to think of the classic Otis Redding song, “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay.”

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Views From The Top

Spectacular views captured 20+ stories above a bustling Fourth of July crowd, their roar muffled by the towering distance of a high rise rooftop. 

Views from the North, East and West sides of Chicago filled the party room windows but I was drawn to the rooftop deck and the photo ops along the gated edges of the building. 

The photos featured in this post were taken in the early evening, about 3 hours before the fireworks were scheduled to start.  
It was a warm summer evening, almost tropical, as heavy humidity blanketed the city, permeating it with a dewy mist; you can, somewhat, see the haze filtering the images and all though I did do a little digital editing, the haze filter is Mother Nature’s work.

 These photos exemplify how much I enjoy being behind the camera, capturing images, as most of them were taken while I was standing on a folding chair, leaning over a wiry gate that was 20+ floors above street level.  Needless to say I made a few party goers nervous but I was careful and lived to tell.


If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.
An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rainy Days & Mondays…

These are candid photos (taken with my Pantech Marauder android phone) of two adorable Feline Frienimals relaxing with their Kitty-Sitter on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

The golden eyed boy, lazily lounging on the couch is a Turkish Angora name Brett Justice, aka BJ.  The little pink eared fur-ball, intently watching the rain droplets trickle down the window is a Rag-A-Muffin named Cairo Max-A-Million, aka Cai Baby. 

Cai-Baby was fairly enthralled but BJ was just not amused.  The pitter-patter of the raindrops lulled him but the thunder and lightning kept him awake, so he was a bit cranky from not being able to nap.  The Carpenters song Rainy Days and Mondays seems a fitting match to BJ’s look in the side profile photograph.  

The picture where he looked directly at the camera, displays an expression that, in my opinion, matches The Boomtown Rats song I Don’t Like Mondays.




If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

A little extra: Here’s an adorable pictorial on the relationship between Misa, an 88 year-old grandmother and Fukumaru, an odd-eyed little cat. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sunset Clouds Resetting Against Beach Front High-Rises

That amazing moment when you turn around and have the good fortune of capturing a beautiful scene. 

This Heaven and Earth connection was captured during a lakeside beach outing.  I had just finished packing up my beach gear and as I turned around to shake the sand off my towel this is what I saw:
An amazing moment of awe; my jaw dropped and my breath actually caught, I could not believe how beautifully the ethereal clouds rested against the high rise apartments, emitting beams of setting sunlight.   

I complain, quite often, about cell phone use and how so many people can’t seem to function without them but this moment was an exception and I could not have been happier to have that LG Envy in side pocket of my tote bag.


In spite of all the imperfections, it truly is a WonderfulWorld. 

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.

An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The June 23, 2013 Super Moon

The fitting, “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night” by Prince (an artist whose music is in constant rotation at the Earolyn Production House) was the song that played through the little stereo speaker of my Android phone as I bike rode to the lake front to capture images of that evenings Super Moon.  

The humidity was high and there was a collection of rain clouds but in a (surprisingly) small group of other Moon Gazers I was able to capture some lovely images of an amazing Super Moon.  Its glow broke through the heavy mist and it beamed through the late evening clouds like a red carpet cutting through the crowd.  Its emergence was of cinematic quality as the Moon Gazers gathered up their telescopic lens and optical devices to capture every pose the Super Moon delivered.  


It, most certainly, was a beautiful night; well-done Universe, well-done.

If you're feeling good, smile
If it's funny, laugh out loud
& believe that the light
at the end of the tunnel,
just might be you.
An enrichment project from the Earolyn Creative Services production house. 
**Don't hesitate, create.**

#SuperMoon #planetary #space #photography