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Colors of Autumn

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Living in the Midwest, we don't bat an eye when the weather dips and turns.  It can seem like summer one day and winter the next.  But there's always a bit more excitement when fall colors begin to appear.  This year, I was able to travel out to Colorado to see how they do fall.  We were there at the peak of the color and - WOW - the fall colors came out in all their glory.  I've seen a lot of pretty trees in my day, but I don't think I've ever seen such vibrancy as I did out west.  It felt like God was putting on a brilliant display just for us.

Driving almost 2,000 miles across the state of Colorado meant winding our way up and down mountain passes, traveling a bit too close to the edge of mountain drop-offs, and reveling in some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes I've ever seen.  It also meant that I was photographing - a lot.  Since I probably took just shy of a billion pictures, here are just a few to give you an idea of the beauty we saw.  

If you'd like any of these images for your home, be sure to take advantage of the holiday sale going on now in the Etsy Print Shop!  Just enter code 'HOLIDAY2016' at checkout to save 20%! (Sale ends November 29, 2016)

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Near Silverton, Colorado

Near Silverton, Colorado

Dallas Divide

Dallas Divide

Near Aspen, Colorado

Near Aspen, Colorado

A mountain lake in southwest Colorado

A mountain lake in southwest Colorado

Colorado's golden Aspens

Colorado's golden Aspens

Near Silverton, Colorado

Near Silverton, Colorado

Have you ever seen a hillside so ablaze with color??

Have you ever seen a hillside so ablaze with color??

West Elk Wilderness

West Elk Wilderness

See more photographs and purchase prints here in the Etsy Print Shop!  Don't forget to enter code 'HOLIDAY2016' at checkout to save 20%! (Sale ends November 29, 2016)

2017 Desk Calendars Are In!

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Sorry for the radio silence as of late!  Things have been busy around here - there's been some traveling, some art-making, and some writing happening.  (And just to be honest -  there's also been some serious Golden Girls binge watching.)  I feel as though I have a million creative ideas exploding in my head lately, so I'm excited to share those soon with you!  I will be traveling again later this month (the mountains are calling my name), so I'll have even more new images to share (hopefully) soon.  

But for those who like to plan ahead, the 2017 Journey's Eye desk calendar is now in the shop!  You can check it out for yourself here.   It comes with 13 pages (12 months + a cover page) featuring photos from around the globe.  The pages come unbound and loose, so you can choose how to display them - on the fridge, in a frame, on a mood board, etc.  They make a great gift and work great as office decor!  I hope the photos bring you a little joy all year through!

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Winter Wonderland

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Snow has been falling all day here in Illinois.  For many, that would mean the perfect opportunity to snuggle inside a warm home.  But for me, that meant braving the weather (and the roads!) to go 'picture hunting.'  I went to one of my favorite spots - a nearby lake - to see what kind of winter wonderland I could find.  I was the only soul there (of course, because everyone else was snuggled inside their warm homes) and the quietness seemed so loud.  In fact, it was so quiet that I jumped a couple of times at the startling sound of animals popping in and out of the icy lake.  But the quietness of a snowfall brings so much serenity and peace with it, don't you agree?

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Christmas in the City

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

A few days ago, I popped up to downtown Chicago to see it in all its holiday glory.  I had a great time catching up with friends, checking out the famous Macy's window displays, celebrating my heritage at the German Christkindlmarket, and basking in the many glowing Christmas lights throughout the city (oh and shopping, plenty of shopping)!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a big "Happy New Year" to you all!

Here are just a few pics (all shot on iPhone) from my quick jolt through downtown...

A view from Michigan Avenue

A view from Michigan Avenue

The Bean (aka Cloud Gate) in Millennium Park

The Bean (aka Cloud Gate) in Millennium Park

My fab cousin and I (right) exploring the city

My fab cousin and I (right) exploring the city

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

Tiffany stained-glass dome inside Chicago Cultural Center

Tiffany stained-glass dome inside Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago River

The Chicago River

A church in the city

A church in the city

A "hidden" mosaic ceiling inside Macy's on State (Marshall Field's)

A "hidden" mosaic ceiling inside Macy's on State (Marshall Field's)

Christmas tree in Macy's (Marshall Field's)

Christmas tree in Macy's (Marshall Field's)

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Pura Vida

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I recently returned from an amazing adventure in beautiful Costa Rica!  “Pura Vida” seems to be the country’s slogan.  You see the phrase printed on just about every souvenir and hear it exclaimed regularly.  In English it means “pure life” and roughly translates to mean cool, great, awesome, etc.  Pretty much everything in Costa Rica would fall under this definition. 

Imagine this:  You just spent the morning hiking down a non-descript jungle path that led to a hidden beach.  You wouldn’t have known about this beautiful location if not for the tip from the local surf instructor.  Once there, you lay under the trees on the sand while watching monkeys jump from limb to limb above you.  After spending some time in the warm ocean waters, you find yourself back in town and in an open-air café enjoying a drink made from some of the best fruit you’ve ever tasted.  The scene you look upon is of the jungle hills and the ocean sprawling across the horizon.  As the jungle rain starts to fall outside, a toucan flies by.  You sit back and order your second drink.  This, my friends, is Pura Vida.  This is Costa Rica.

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Stay tuned to the Etsy Print Shop for prints from Costa Rica to be added soon!  Contact me if you would like to purchase a print of any image you see here.  Wishing you Pura Vida!

Globetrotting: Vatican City

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

I was just thinking back on my visit to Vatican City, which is nestled inside the city of Rome, Italy. I really can't get over how beautiful the architecture and museums there really are.  This tiny country is definitely worth a second look...

St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

Vatican Statues
St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

Looking upward inside St. Peter's Basilica

Looking upward inside St. Peter's Basilica

Inside the Vatican Museums

Inside the Vatican Museums

Vatican Hall
Vatican Bust
Vatican Stairs

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Florida's Seven-Mile Bridge

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Driving through the Florida Keys is truly something every American should try to do at some point in their lifetime.  The views are simply amazing - especially those from the famous Seven-Mile Bridge.  It often felt like I was peering off the edge of the world...

Prints of these images can be purchased through the Journey's Eye Etsy Shop or by contacting me here.

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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The Jewel Box

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Here in the Midwest, it seems that we are always having a weather identity crisis.  One day it will be 75 degrees and sunny and then snow and fierce wind the next.  But if the tulips at the Jewel Box in St. Louis are any indication, it seems that spring has finally sprung!  Don't the tulips themselves remind you of little jewels dotting the landscape?  Wishing you all a blessed Easter and a happy spring!

(Please contact me if interested in purchasing a print of the images seen here.)  

Muhammad Ali Mosque (Part 2)

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

One of my favorite places that I visited when I was in Cairo was the Muhammad Ali Mosque.  It took 18 years to build and was started way back in 1839.  You can see the beautiful courtyard and entrance in my last post here, but now let's take a peek inside.  Once I entered, I knew I was in a place unlike any I'd ever been before.  The contrast of darkness/light and beauty/decay made the Mosque a unique and memorable destination.

Entering the Mosque

Entering the Mosque

Once inside, all shoes had to be removed

Once inside, all shoes had to be removed

The magical interior

The magical interior

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Rays of sunlight pouring in through exterior windows

Rays of sunlight pouring in through exterior windows

A view upwards into the large center dome

A view upwards into the large center dome

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The massive center chandelier 

The massive center chandelier 

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Large prayer carpet covering the floor

Large prayer carpet covering the floor

This old and broken chandelier still has much beauty in it, don't you think?

This old and broken chandelier still has much beauty in it, don't you think?

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Muhammad Ali Mosque (Part 1)

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Have you ever been to a place that you know you will never forget?  A place whose beauty and enchantment is certain to leave an impression?  I usually find the most beauty in God’s natural wonders, but every now and then, a man-made structure will leave me in awe.  The great cathedrals of Europe are certainly gorgeous and whenever I see them, I am always impressed (how can you not be??).  But a few years ago, a location within the busy and chaotic streets of Cairo surprised me with its beauty.  I wasn’t expecting to see such a magical and enchanting place - the Muhammad Ali Mosque.  I’ll take you inside the Mosque in the next blog post – because, yes – it’s that cool that it needs its very own post!  But even the way leading to the Mosque is a sight to see…

The Citadel walls surrounding the towering Muhammad Ali Mosque

The Citadel walls surrounding the towering Muhammad Ali Mosque

The mosque sits inside the Citadel, whose massive walls were built starting in 1176 (aka – a really, really long time ago).  From atop the Citadel’s walls, we could see far across the city of Cairo, with its smoggy horizon filled with pointy minarets and domes. 

High atop the wall of the Citadel

High atop the wall of the Citadel

Tourist-loving souvenirs being sold within the Citadel

Tourist-loving souvenirs being sold within the Citadel

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As we made our way to the entrance of the Mosque, we entered into a courtyard.  We were surrounded by incredibly detailed architecture and antique, broken lights that oozed character and charm.  It was also pretty amusing to see the attention we received as our blonde, American features stood out like a sore thumb.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are quite a few pictures of me floating around Egyptian teenage boys’ homes.  I can’t blame them – I’m just as fascinated with their country and culture!

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An intricate courtyard window 

An intricate courtyard window 

Stay tuned for pictures from inside the Mosque!  In the meantime, you can view more images from Egypt here in the Etsy print shop.

Winter's Enchantment

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Winter usually makes its entrance with a lot of fanfare.  This year's first snowfall was no different.  As it blankets the city and colors it white, it forces us all to take life at a slower pace for a bit.  Snow's beauty is impressive, but at least for me, it will fail to elicit much excitement come March.  But for now, the white 'marshmallow' world it creates is magical.

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" - J. B. Priestley

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Footprints leading to a secret garden, perhaps?

Footprints leading to a secret garden, perhaps?

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Tree Stars

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

The young poet, Mattie Stepanek, used to refer to autumn's colorful leaves as "the tree stars that fall to us from up high."  What a better way to describe these beauties that God gives us every year?  It seems that fall has officially made its way to the Midwest, so my mom and I went "leaf chasing" yesterday to see what we could see.  Wow -  We were not disappointed!  It seems like God really outdid himself this year.  

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Steamboat A'Comin

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Last weekend, I channeled my inner Huckleberry Finn and went for a ride on an old-fashioned steamboat.  If you've been anywhere remotely near the Mississippi (or just a river in the Midwest - I was on the Illinois River), there's a good chance that you've seen one of these beauties floating by.  It's always a treat to step back in time and take life at a slower pace for a bit.  Even more than the scenery going by, I enjoyed taking in the small details of the boat itself.  Sometimes I wish more things were built with the flare and beauty of these old vessels.  So let's go for a ride...

"...'S-t-e-a-m-boat a-comin'!' . . . Drays, carts, men, boys, all go hurrying from many quarters to a common center, the wharf. Assembled there, the people fasten their eyes upon the coming boat as upon a wonder they are seeing for the first time. And the boat IS rather a handsome sight, too. She is long and sharp and trim and pretty..."  -Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi 

 

Paddlewheel

Paddlewheel

Chimneys

Chimneys

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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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To The Sea

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a lake with my family.  We're not just talking about any old lake here - we're talking one of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan.  Lake Michigan is (of course) great and absolutely huge.  There are miles of beautiful beaches stretched along its shore.  The Midwest is not what comes to mind when thinking about beautiful beaches, but trust me, it has plenty.  We were fortunate enough to have access to a private beach.  It was so relaxing to sprawl out and have the space almost completely to ourselves.  I don't know if there is anything better than watching the crashing waves, digging your toes in the sand, having beach bonfires at night and doing it all with the people you love.  Oh, and photographing it all. :)

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