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Peace

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Well, this has been one crazy day.  Here in Illinois, we had massive storms and tornados pass through.  Very strange for mid-November, but you never really know what Midwest weather will bring.  It seems to change by the hour.  The storms left so much devastation.  In just my area, I believe I heard that more than 300 homes were leveled.  Please keep these families in your prayers, and if you'd like to donate funds to the Red Cross to help, you can find information here.

After the stormy weather today and the recent events in the Philippines, I crave some peace.  Sitting by a sea, walking through a garden, feeling the sun on my face, or hearing the soft, gentle sounds of nature sound mighty good right about now.  You agree?  Do you have a favorite place that you like to go to wind-down?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!  I gathered up a few (very) random pictures from around the globe that just ooze 'serenity' to me.  So let's take a relaxing look... 

California

California

Michigan

Michigan

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Hampstead Heath, London

Hampstead Heath, London

Paris

Paris

Elephantine Island, Egypt

Elephantine Island, Egypt

Clouds over the Midwest

Clouds over the Midwest

Illinois

Illinois

If you want to bring a little serenity into your own home, you can find these prints for purchase at the Etsy shop.

Chicago in Black & White

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

There was a recent gallery exhibit of Ansel Adams' photographs that I had to check out.  What an inspiring talent that man was!  I was reminded of my love of black and white photography, developing black and white film with my own two hands, and spending hours in the darkroom creating prints.  Now days there's the "digital darkroom" that requires a whole new set of skills.  But we often forget the mastery that creating a darkroom print entails.  I SO wish I still had easy access to a darkroom because I could spend many a happy hour under the soft red glow of the lights. 

I've been working mostly in color lately, but Ansel inspired me to embrace the black and white again for a bit.  So...a trip up to Chicago yesterday + an Ansel Adams exhibit = Chicago in black and white. :)

 

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Millenium Park

Millenium Park

Union Station

Union Station

Under the "El"

Under the "El"

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 "The Bean"

 "The Bean"

Skyline with "The Bean" in lower left

Skyline with "The Bean" in lower left

Millenium Park

Millenium Park

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Visit the Etsy print shop to purchase prints or contact me to get any prints that have not yet been added to the shop!