Last Butterfly?

I was walking into the house when I noticed this butterfly sitting on the ledge. I took a quick snap of him–he barely moved. He eventually closed his wings all the way, straight up like a sail. They were plain brown, quite a contrast to the side pictured here. A breeze caught the wings, he made no attempt to fly, he just fell to the ground.



Chris - October 26, 2011 - 5:21 pm

How beautiful! Poor little thing. Life is probably almost over for it. They don’t live long. Gorgeous snap, however!!

Chicago Walkabout

I was in Chicago for a couple of days and had a chance for a quick walkabout. I wandered about the Gold Coast section of downtown, where Northwestern University is located. Nice shopping district. I took some outside-looking-in shots of a Rolls Royce/Ferrari/Bugatti/Bentley dealership. But was definitely underdressed for actually going inside. Each car had a sign that says: Do Not Touch Cars, Alarms Are Active. Hmmmm. Anyway, fun to walk around. Most of the shots I took on this trip were with a wide angle lens, the first two of these three were taken at 14mm. The first shot is from very high up and was taken an hour or so after sunset. ISO3200, 14mm, f/22, 10 secs. I was bracing the camera against a frame, I didn’t have a tripod.

Chicago After Dark

Chicago After Dark

The one below was taken just at sunset. Again, from the Gold Coast area looking straight up from the street. I couldn’t find the perfect building profile with the sun setting behind and so in desperation, I looked up. Huzzah! This was ISO1000, 14mm, f/5, 1/125.

Chicago Sunset

Chicago Sunset

This last one was next to the lake. The “beach” is all concrete, a biking, walking, etc., area where many people were out enjoying the reasonably nice weather. This lone building sort of captured my eye. I wonder if they advertise a “Lake View From Every Residence!” Probably. It was kind of cool. Of course, this could have been an office building, but I doubt it. ISO1250, 70mm, f/13, 1/1600.

Chicago Living

Chicago Living

Kirsten - November 13, 2011 - 8:34 pm

The first pic is amazing!!!! I love it!!!! Now I want to actually go to Chicago :). All of them are gorgeous!!!

Eric Wojtkun - October 16, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Lee I love the first one. Awesome. You are getting better with every trip!

Chris - September 30, 2011 - 10:44 am

You’re the only one who could make Chicago “Golden”!! 🙂 That first shot is just amazing!! Not a fan of such tall buildings so I’ll be glad when you’re out of there & home again!


Whenever I say “Baseball” I always think of the Saturday Night Live line about baseball being very good…. I don’t mean that I sometimes think it, I mean all the time. Anyway, the team Kyle plays on is called the “Warriors” and they traveled to somewhere in Maryland (see hawks below) for their first game…well, actually two games. I had a chance to take hundreds of pictures. I keep saying I am going to cut down, but I just can’t not!! The shot below is actually from a practice the week before. The slide show here is just a few of the hundreds I took. But I had fun. So did they–two wins!



Chris - September 30, 2011 - 10:43 am

He looks more like you with every passing day!! Love the pensive look! Isn’t it wonderful how that DNA stuff works! Like getting to live your life twice!!

Amie aka MammaLoves - September 24, 2011 - 2:06 pm

It’s so nice to have someone else to shoot with!! Thanks for sharing all of these.

Hawks Fight Over Snake – Fitting End for The Snake

I was shooting at a baseball game in Maryland on the first base line.  I heard a “Screeeech — Screeeech” and quickly turned around. About 100 yards away from me, the ball fields ended and transitioned to a wooded area. I saw movement and took four quick shots. The distance truly was 100 yards but I saw the two hawks and one was carrying something that I intuitively knew was a snake. I took four quick shots and was lucky to hit the focus and exposure!! These were taken at ISO1000, 340mm, f/7.1 and 1/1000. The first one is a cropped shot, the second is the actual size. The third shot shows the hawks fighting shortly before the closeup was taken. There was another, but I couldn’t tell which hawk had the snake. Huzzah for the hawks (pigeon hawks, we think”).

Two Hawks Pulling Snake For Dinner

Two Hawks Pulling Snake For Dinner

Out of the camera Hawks Pulling Snake

Out of the camera Hawks Pulling Snake

Snake d

Snake d' jour

admin - October 18, 2011 - 5:45 pm

Nikki, thanks for the compliment! I took a Kelby class led by Jay Maisel. I use the same camera and walkabout lens he does (D3s and 28-300) and when he does street photography in Manhattan, he always shoots at 1600 because of the lower light situations that always seem to come up in the City. So, I’ve been trying it. Not sure how I like it but the increased shutter speeds do add one dimension that I’ve really gotten used to over the weeks I’ve tried this. I am lowering the ISO a little. Again, thanks for looking and commenting! Lee

Nikki - October 13, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Actually a question, do you always shoot at such a high ISO? Or just when your outdoors? Also, Eleanor Holcombe turned me on to your site – love it!!

Chelle - September 26, 2011 - 8:51 am

Wow! What luck and what great shooting. I feel awful for the snake though.

admin - September 24, 2011 - 1:22 pm

Sincere Thanks! I love comments!

Debby - September 22, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Hey Lee- AWESOME photos. Good work. You are amazing. from the long lost sister-in-law.

Lanny DeCamp - September 21, 2011 - 9:09 am

Great Pictures.

Tampa Time

Off to Tampa. Did not have much time for exploring for photos and in fact had to break away at sunset to get these shots. Tampa was surreal. I think. Don’t really have any basis for comparison but the town seems kind of sparse. Lots of closed shops, no people, few cars. We were downtown, close to the water but didn’t see enough traffic to even consider they had a rush hour. I have to assume that perhaps everyone was out of town. The first shot is sunrise, looking down the Garrison Channel where the big cruise ships are supposed to be anchored. There was one little one. The flowers were on the side of a bridge crossing the channel to Harbour Island. Shot was taken at ISO1600, 135mm, f/8.0, 1/800.

Sunrise Over Harbour Island

Sunrise Over Harbour Island

This second shot is taken from the same bridge but looking the other direction, toward the downtown area. The profile of the buildings reminded me of a ships bridge. The timing is as the sunrise is fully illuminating the golden Wells Fargo building. The skyline of Tampa is very attractive, my imagination about the ship profile is probably just that–imagination–but, makes me wonder if city architects can get building architects to collaborate like that. Probably not.

Tampa Skyline

Tampa Skyline

On one of the evenings, I dashed out to catch the sunset over the water. I went down in front of the Convention Center by Seddon Channel and caught the sun setting across the channel. There is a Tall Ship docked on that side of the channel which I think–definitely not sure–is the ship they use for their Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Not sure. I converted the shot to B&W, I like the way the sun sort of pops out as it falls. The shot was taken at ISO1600, 180mm, f/13, and 1/125.  There were four people on the walkway that evening! Although the restaurant across the channel was filled. We went there later and were very disappointed–except the view was great.

Tampa Seddon Channel Sunset

Tampa Seddon Channel Sunset

Chris - September 16, 2011 - 2:19 pm

I wonder where all the people went? Aliens? Ducking out for hurricane season? LOVE the pic of the buildings! Gorgeous glow and it definitely looks like a ship’s bridge to me, too. Wouldn’t have seen that without your wondrous way of looking at the world! So, thanks for a new outlook on buildings!!

9 – 11

I heard an interesting editorial on the radio yesterday–that we should use September 12 as the day we remember because we are a country of resilience and the day after is what carries our memories forward. I remember–like that day was yesterday. I remember how close the D.C. impact was to my family–my wife heard and felt the impact. I remember the horror of watching the WTC. I remember gathering my family and going to our friends. And I remember knowing that the attack was not the real impact–the change the attackers wanted to make us accept–that hate is effective. I don’t believe that, no matter how hard they are trying to make the world hate itself. This is a shot from a couple of years ago…our guide showing Diane and Kirsten Ground Zero.

Looking Out Over Ground Zero from 9 - 11

Looking Out Over Ground Zero

Chelle - September 26, 2011 - 8:52 am

Moving image.

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