Friday, July 25, 2008

Paulie! Paulie!

Paul Konerko, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, at bat. Fans call him "Paulie" and love chanting his name when he's up.

This was a test shot with a new 300mm lens I'd just gotten--I took this at the Cubs vs. White Sox game July 2, 2006. Oh, and the Sox won that day...excellent!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Port of San Francisco

The iconic Port of San Francisco sign that's been seen in movies, TV, and tourism pictures. It's at the back of the Ferry Building just off the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco.

One of my running heroes

I was going to post this in my jtj3 blog, but since there's a photo involved I thought I'd put it here also.

Last Sunday, my friend Roger and I went to the opening of a Road Runner Sports store nearby. We went not only to check out the store, but to meet one of my running heroes who happened to be doing an appearance there that day. His name is John Bingham, but if you're into running or read Runners' World, you might know him as "The Penguin."He came to running late in life, but since has completed 40 marathons and hundreds of 5K and 10K races. He also wrote a book on marathon training for non-runners, and another on how to start running--how to train, how to work it into your schedule, etc. He's also the man responsible for one of my favorite quotes for runners training for their first race: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." It definitely made me feel not quite so bad about my failed marathon attempts...the hard work, and the accomplishment, is just as much in the training as it is in the race itself.

Anyway...there wasn't much of a crowd there, so we stood and talked with John and his wife for probably 15-20 minutes. John's company organizes and manages the Chicago Distance Classic half marathon, so he was handing out and signing technical t-shirts (synthetic fabric, they carry the sweat away from your body--VERY good shirt to do training runs in!). John is a very personable and engaging guy with a big smile and words of encouragement for runners of any level.

One last kinda funny thing--John's wife was nice enough to take this picture of the three of us with my camera phone. She then took another shot with her camera--so the same picture showed up on his blog Monday. Hey, wow, I'm famous now!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Orbiting the sun...

OK, so it's not really a sun...I watched this ant crawl around the surface of this flower for a couple minutes. He just went in a big circle around the center part. It looked like an orbit, and with the middle being orange and all, it reminded me of the sun...

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Leaf Beetle

A leaf beetle, shot on a bright summer day at a small park near home.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bridge to Infinity II

Another view of the Sweden-to-Denmark bridge that I featured in yesterday's post.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bridge to Infinity

I shot this while on vacation last year. This is in the Baltic sea, and the bridge joins Sweden and Denmark. I called it "Bridge to Infinity because you can't see its beginning or its end. I shot a sequence just as we went under the bridge, and this was my favorite of all of them.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Red Rose

A macro shot of a beautiful red rose in full bloom.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The color version of this looked a little flat, but I really like the contrast in black and white.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Water Lily

I shot this fairly early in the morning at a small park near my work. I was really struck with how calm and mirror-like the surface of the water was. It reminds me of some of the paintings Monet did of water lilies.

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