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Autumn at the Lake

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

A heavy fog + a favorite nature spot = a wonderful way for a photographer to spend an autumn morning.  

One of my favorite parks seemed to have quite an attitude this morning - a very moody, dreamy, almost fairytale-like attitude - and I loved it.

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Chicago Weekend

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I've been able to travel a bit lately (woohoo!) and one of the destinations I visited was Chicago.  I spent time with my dear friend, Val.  (She, by the way, is an amazing graphic designer.  See for yourself here).  Our time together was filled with laughing, talking, city exploring, and photographing.  You know you have a good friend when she's always willing to join you on photo excursions!  Poor thing always has to put up with me trying to get the 'perfect shot.'  We made our way around the city, stopping to appreciate some famous and not-so-famous landmarks.  Even though we'd seen most of these sights many times before, it was rewarding to take the time to pause and reflect on their beauty.  

This was the most common sight during the weekend - me with camera in hand.

Here are just a few of the images I captured during the visit:

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain

"The Flamingo" statue by Alexander Calder

"The Flamingo" statue by Alexander Calder

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Fun at the Pyramids

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

My heart and mind have been with the people of Egypt lately.  While I was in the country, one of my favorite encounters was with a donkey-riding little boy.  I found him (or should say, he found me) while visiting the pyramids of Giza.  As I was taking in the sights and trying to comprehend the pyramids’ magnitude, it became apparent that I had a ‘shadow’ following me around.  He didn’t say a word but followed my every move – all while aboard his trusty donkey.  I finally approached him and a huge smile enveloped his face.  He was so excited to talk with an American!  He didn’t attend school, but instead spent his days at the pyramids with his father, whose job it was to lead tourists on camel rides.  I gave my new friend a gift of what I thought was a simple stick of gum, but to him it was a great treasure.  We eventually parted ways, but I later saw him huddled with another young boy - both chomping away on the bubble gum. 

Other memorable events from the pyramids:

-an overly-friendly Egyptian offering my travel partner 1 million camels in exchange for my hand in marriage.  We didn’t take the deal because really, what would someone do with a million camels??

-riding atop a very tall camel through the desert and witnessing a camel fight first-hand.  The guides said that didn’t happen often, but once was enough for me to want to get the heck off my camel!  You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen camels fall slow-motion to the ground after attacking each other.  Trust me.

-oh… and seeing the pyramids and the Sphinx in person was pretty incredible!!

 

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Cleaning and restoring the base of the Sphinx

Cleaning and restoring the base of the Sphinx

View from the base of a pyramid

View from the base of a pyramid

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My friend (and his trusty donkey)

My friend (and his trusty donkey)

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A temperamental camel

A temperamental camel

A caravan in the desert

A caravan in the desert