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  • St. James Farm Family Field Day – 2016

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    Connie’s Vision of the St. James Farm Family Field Day event in Wheaton, IL. Read more here… ST. JAMES FARM TO HOST “FAMILY FIELD DAY” ON MAY 25 | Patch Family Field Day at St. James Farm Family Field Day […]

  • The Future of Chicago

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    Conference Highlights Speakers include experts on municipal finance, community activists and leading academics (Agenda) Discussion will explore solutions to the crucial problems facing Chicago today on fronts ranging from criminal justice and education to jobs, neighborhood development, and the city’s […]

  • Good Reads : Week of 29 May 2016

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    Sunday Obama Wins Respect in Hiroshima (thedailybeast) Is Bernie Sanders Our William Jennings Bryan? (thedailybeast) Why are all those people drinking coffee and eating donuts on the bike path? (bikeportland) Sharing Amsterdam’s story of transformation into a city for people […]

  • Unopened Flower Bud Images

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    Connie’s Images Eric’s Images Photographic Information Both of these sets of images were made using either a Nikon D3300 w/ 40mm Micro-Nikko lens or a Nikon D5500 w/ 85mm Micro-Nikko lens. Some of the images were made using natural light […]

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Driving Is A Sin…Understanding ‘The War On Cars’

I came across a set of stickers being distributed by a member of the Church of Urban Cycling. The stickers are printed on a dark background and show the logo of the law firm owned by the church member positioned […]

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The Gentrification of the 606 Trail Area Is Our Spotted Owl Moment

Background Reading Protesting Gentrification of 606 Area (chicagotribune) To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot (npr) Want to Save the Spotted Owl? Stop Trying So Hard (Audubon) The State Of Oregon’s Timber Industry | Here & Now (wbur) Summary New research shows […]

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Chicago Liberal Activists Have A Trump-Style Taco Eating Moment

Background Reading Logan Square Hispanics Vanishing As Neighborhood Becomes More White (dnainfo) Activists worry CTA-friendly housing will accelerate Logan Square gentrification (chicagoreader) Outgoing 606 Project Manager Discusses The Trail’s Impact on Neighborhoods (streetsblog) Many Evangelicals Are In ‘An Awkward Place’ […]


Images from this Weekend : 14 May 2016

Connie’s Images There were taken at the Japanese Garden area in Batavia. The 40mm macro lens is quite sharp and the color saturation is excellent. Both slideshows feature images made handheld (w/o benefit of a tripod). In addition Connie used […]


Geneva Japanese Garden / Aurora Protected Bike Lane

Background Reading Japanese Tea Garden – Forest Preserve District of Kane County Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley Japanese Garden Geneva, IL – Official Website – Fabyan Forest Preserve Aurora Celebrates New Protected Bike Lane (Ride Illinois) Aurora, Illinois, Now […]

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University of St. Mary’s On The Lake – Mundelein, IL

Background Reading University of Saint Mary of the Lake – Mundelein University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary Summary We have traveled to this location several times over the years. It is a fine place for statuary and […]

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Videos : Flash Photography

On-Camera Fill Flash Basics (YouTube) Bounce Flash Tutorial (YouTube) On Camera Flash Techniques (YouTube) Single Flash Portraits On A Budget (YouTube) Nikon Remote Speedlight and Commander (dpreview) Nikon Remote Speedlight and Commander: Digital Photography Review (PDF) Improve your photos with just one speedlight with […]