by George and Emily

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The Twisted Spoke

In Chicago there is a famous biker bar/restaurant.  I did not know it at the time when I saw this skeleton riding this old bike.  The Twisted Spoke in this image is on the west side of the city.  It is a cool looking restaurant and next time I am in Chicago I will need to stop by and get something to eat as I read that the food is great.

-George

Skeleton Rider

A super elephant

When we went on the cruise to Alaska recently we stayed a night in Seattle.  On the way to the hotel I saw this sign and had to get some images.  Once we checked in we went for a walk to this car wash.  It is called the Elephant Super Car Wash.  We got some images with a fast shutter speed but I liked this one the best with the motion blur.

-George

Elephant Super Car Wash

Of boats and horses

This is another image from my trip to Chicago.  Of course when in Chicago you have to go to the water.  These boats caught my eye because most were white but there was this one red boat.  Not only that but one of the boats had a message that read “SAVE A HORSE”.  I did not see a single horse while in Chicago.  Maybe they are seahorse activists.

 

-George

Boats

Rusty Bolt

There is not much to say about this.  It is a rusty bolt that is part of the elevated train system in Chicago.  I hope they don’t break so easy.

 

-George

Rusty Bolt

Caesar’s Griffin by Orlandi

When I explored Chicago in April I took many images of buildings.  Oddly enough I did not get many images of griffins or gargoyles.  I saw this griffin near the doorway of a building.  I researched it and the griffin is made by a company by the name of Orlandi based in Chicago.  They make these griffins and gargoyles by hand.

-George

Orlandi Caesar's Griffin

Hummingbird below

So we have a home that is 3 stories tall.  On the second and third floors there are decks outside.  We have a couple of hummingbird feeders hanging from the bottom of the third floor deck.  Sometimes we like to go outside and look at the hummingbirds from above.  They are funny and curious little birds.  They will fly up to us and check us out.  I guess they are just as curious of us as we are of them or maybe they are just letting us know that they see us watching them.  I decided to shoot one day.  Often the tiny birds will look up while we look down on them.  I caught a hummingbird below me that just happened to be looking up when I pressed the shutter. =)

-George

Hummingbird Below

A path in the forest

There were many paths we walked on when we hiked in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.  The forest was strangely quiet but very beautiful.  We went up many inclines and stairs.  Apparently the area used to be logged by Russians before they sold the land to the United States.  Here is my favorite image of one set of stairs.

 

-George

A path

Tongass National Forest

We recently went on an Alaskan cruise.  I had never been on a cruise so I was not too sure what to expect.  I knew we would be on a big boat and there would be food and lot’s of water.  Well it was very nice and we had a great time on our cruise.  We enjoyed running around the outside of the ship with the cold wind pushing us around.  If that sounds comical you should have seen us playing basketball on the top of the ship.  We had a few stops along the way and one of our favorite stops was Sitka Alaska.  Sitka is a beautiful place.  The Bald Eagles are as common there as the vultures are here in Texas.  We had a hike planned in the Tongass National Forest while the ship was docked in port.  We saw many beautiful things while we were there.  The foliage there is amazing and there is a variety of trees.  My favorite image was when we came across this estuary.  There were some geese floating inland and I noticed the nice backdrop of the forest and the mountains.  We hope you enjoy the view.  I know we certainly did.

-George

Tongass National Forest

Omelet

This is an image of an omelet.  Emily took this image.  Doesn’t it look tasty?  All I can say is that yes, yes it was tasty.

-George

Omelet

The angry Datsun

There is an old decommissioned bridge on our way to work.  The highway department was getting ready to tear it down (or were clearing up around it) and  I went to get pictures of this horribly terrifying thing (I try my hardest to avoid dilapidated bridges).  As I drove up, I found this Datsun 510 that had been pulled from the ravine below the bridge.  It obviously had been there forever, and seeing it, looking inside it, really made me wonder about the turn of events that put it there.  Was a crash the reason the bridge was decommissioned?  Why was this car not pulled out before now?  Who are the people associated with it?

The “eyes” of the car stood out to me; the angry “eyebrow” demonstrated what a car might be feeling when run off a bridge and left to rot at the bottom of a ravine…if cars could feel.

Enjoy!

Em

Destroyed Datsun

 

Magdalene

So I went to Chicago recently.  Emily had a conference to go to so I tagged along for some sight seeing and image taking.  We had breakfast and then I proceeded to the nearest train to head into downtown.  I walked around for a bit taking a few images here and there as I headed towards Grant Park.  I had not been in Chicago since I was six so the whole city was new to me.  I spent the whole day walking all over the city with my camera gear. It was windy with some rain off and on.  Anyway as I arrived in Grant Park I saw a statue that struck me.  It is called Magdalene.  I was there for a little while shooting away.  Today I finally got around to working on one of the images.  This is one of my favorites from the trip.  Anyway I hope you enjoy this image.

-George

Magdalene

Alpha Test Studio Image

So I took some test shots in the studio with our new equipment.  We learned much and we have a better understanding of how to light a person.  The studio is not quite finished as we need some backdrops and a couple of other minor things.  Anyway here is an alpha test shot of Emily.

-George

 

Emily Studio Test

George is watching me

Emily’s first post!!

We were heading outside to take some shots one day and I was playing around.  George looked deep into the lens and I snapped this shot.  If you look real hard, you can see me in his eye…

This leering eye is as close as I’ve seen to my mom’s famous “hairy eyeball” – the one that would make you spill your guts about all the bad things you’ve done.  Real spooky!

-Em

George is watching me

A morning stop

On the way to work for a few weeks we have been seeing a couple of hawks sitting high atop some power poles.  They are usually a couple of miles apart.  Anyway one morning we decided to stop on the way to work and try to get some images.

Here a image of one of these red-tailed hawks.

 

-George

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Longhorn

Emily shot this longhorn while we were on a scenic drive

 

-George

Longhorn