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There is room in the universe for you to dream bigger. Go ahead, blow God's mind... ~Matt Kahn

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Hardly anyone is crazy enough to drive through the forest on a Tuesday evening in this storm, but if you are crazy you get a view like this all for yourself. Sterling Pond is quiet and beautiful every winter. Worth ten frozen fingers and chattering teeth this season. Will be back here soon...

A boring rusty bridge rail in summer turned into a legit cool-looking creation in winter. The entire bridge is covered in this. Not much else to add other than to watch. Morton Arboretum, west branch.

Heading home and felt I needed to unplug, so I took a slow ride through the forest. High winds, blowing solid ice, freezing, warm cozy car and no conference calls. If you have a forest preserve, a park or just open nature wherever you are and need to take a break, take advantage of it...... Continue Reading →

Still trying to decide whether I walked, shuffled or skated from my car to the train platform. After the bone-chilling polar vortex cold of almost -50F windchill, then jumping to 51F four days later, you thought you've seen it all. Until today's ice storm followed by a blustery whiteout outside my window. That groundhog was... Continue Reading →

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Nothing has to be real, in order to be true. Life is the journey of truth becoming real... ~ Matt Kahn

#TrollHunt at Morton Arboretum. You think you'd go for a leisurely mid-winter stroll in the forest to find peace and serenity and out of nowhere comes a rapacious boulder-wielding troll and does some serious body-work on your car. I suspect this one's not gonna buff out... I wonder what got him so worked up? The color?... Continue Reading →

#SeeingRed: I still remember how I was shivering in those freezing wind gusts that day while taking this picture. With the lake right behind me me and no trees or buildings around, to help as a shield the bone chilling cold was ridiculous. These two women who rented the Divvy bikes were pretty brave to ride... Continue Reading →

Pushing the envelope as far as it will go during B&W conversion. I was always curious about how dark a sky could get when imitating a red filter in post production. This shot was taken during a haze-free clear day using a regular DSLR. There were only few adjustments applied here, such as contrast, microstructure,... Continue Reading →

Yes there is beautiful snow, yes the drifts make an awesome spectacle during sunset, yes our backyard looks like winter wonderland and yes my fingers felt like they were ready to fall off within those two minutes while I took this picture with my phone, which literally froze in that temperature as its battery completely... Continue Reading →

Temperature above is in Fahrenheit; converted to Celsius, we are looking at - 30°C with windchill of - 48°C. So relieved our meeting was canceled yesterday and I do not have to drive to work in next couple days! Luckily, I was able to pull the battery out of the car and bring it inside.... Continue Reading →

#SeeingRedSeries This part of Chicago's lakeshore park complex is not nearly as frequented by the tourists as Millennium Park and its "bean", but the view of the old part of Michigan Avenue from here is very rewarding. If you are a photographer, very few tourists come this way, so that's a plus. And it's literally just... Continue Reading →

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