Sometimes you just have to stop the negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. Am I right? That’s why, even though it’s March 23 and we just got four inches of new snow, I’m refusing to photograph it. Instead, I’m posting pictures of these hyacinths. Yes, they’re forced blooms, but their perfume fills the entire first floor of my house. It may be winter on the outside, but it’s spring on the inside.

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Jan 26

What a difference a year makes; it’s been a relatively mild winter in Chicago. Recently I happened to be downtown early on a Saturday and snapped this image by the Chicago River. The combination of hushed streets and morning light was pretty wonderful.

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I’m nursing a nasty cold on a rainy day (and therefore not getting much done), so it seemed like a good time to check out the new Hyperlapse app, which lets you create stunning time-lapse videos with your phone. When I think of time-lapse photography, I think of watching natural processes unfold. So, I walked around my yard for awhile in search of something time-lapse-worthy. Hampered by rain and mosquitoes, I settled on this leaf. The raindrops are sped up to 12x their original speed. I think it’s pretty cool for a first attempt. I should have left the video running for just a second longer, though. My next try will inevitably be better. I already know what I’m going to attempt to capture next. Companies are already jumping on Hyperlapse as a unique way to share content. Here are five examples of how marketers are using it. Have you tried Hyperlapse yet? Where do you think it’s best applied? As always, I’d love to hear from you!

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May 5

Spring is showing up in fits and starts here in Chicagoland. I captured this wind-splayed tulip over the weekend. I do not know the variety, but I purchased the bulb last summer in Holland, Michigan, one of my “happy places!” When closed, the tulip petals make a nice flame shape to complement their blazing color.

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Apr 11

It’s finally warm enough to venture outside here in Chicago! Trying to find something photo-worthy in the newly thawed yard is a challenge. This chair was made by a lumberjack in northern Wisconsin. When it started to disintegrate, I put it out in the garden. I tried to cover it with moss milkshake, thinking a moss-covered seat would be cute, but it didn’t take. The neighboring tree is more friendly to moss, it seems.

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Just testing out the embed functionality of Instagram with these photos from a banner winter in Chicago. Follow me on Instagram here.