TheJoyOfHack

For people who like to make things


Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Michigan Avenue, Chicago

If you walk too fast, you might miss them. Two gardens flank the Art Institute of Chicago, on Michigan Avenue. Now, we all know Michigan Avenue as a busy, bustling street, but these gardens are great places to stop. And think. Or just clear your head before merging back into the fast pace of the sidewalk. This is the South Garden, looking back out towards Michigan Ave.

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The Library

One of the most beautiful places I visited during my recent trip to Dublin, Ireland was the Trinity College Library. The long, two-storey high grand hall with stacks on each side was breathtaking. The smell of old books filled the air.

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Walking and Running to Explore New Places

Walking and Running to Explore New Places

I’ve hated running for ever. I first tried running for exercise by the shore of the Indian Ocean when I was fourteen. Didn’t get very far. Did get a bad case of shin splints. Over the next couple of decades I tried again a few times, but never really got into it. Every time I tried the result was the same: it was painful, frustrating, and just not fun. I tried focusing on mechanics, but it was making running just that: mechanical.

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Leaving Glen Ellyn

Leaving Glen Ellyn

I like how the rays of the sun reflected off the train. I only had a second to take this picture as there was a crowd of commuters right behind me.

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Pulling into the Station

Pulling into the Station

This photo was taken in ‘stealth’ mode: shooting from the hip, no audio, no display on the rear LCD. I had no idea what the composition would look like.

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When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

This is an Oak tree that I planted in my front yard about five years ago. I’m glad it’s survived all the storms we’ve had since then. I hope to see it grow into a Mighty Oak.

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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

The Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona is a place of breathtaking beauty. Located in Navajo country, it’s best viewed at around noon when the angle of the sun’s rays makes for very dramatic lighting.

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