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Chicago

Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit, and this time we went over one of its biggest holidays(St. Patricks day). We took some time to enjoy the lesser known parts of Chicago, at least by tourist standards, but I actually really enjoyed the little neighborhoods we explored. That being said, I only really captured a few little pieces from Chicago, and it may epitomize the tourist spots, but here is the first batch of shots from the weekend.

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Australia (Sydney)

We made a brief stop in Sydney, Australia and it rained pretty much all three days we had there. We stayed in the middle of the CBD near George Street. Sydney has a larger city feel, and almost everything you would want to do is accessible by either train, bus or ferry. We explored the main tourist areas as well as some off the beaten path places. I think our favorite find was a little brewery in Manly Beach called Four Pines. We spent a rainy afternoon trying out some craft beers and enjoying some sweet chili and sour cream wedges.

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Australia (Kangaroo Island)

Our third stop in Australia was one that most people could easily overlook, but ended up being our favorite stop on our 17 day excursion. Located about 15 miles off the coast of South Australia, sits the third largest island of Australia. It only takes about 2 hours to drive across the island, but there are plenty of things to distract you from driving straight through. There are only two major towns on the island, both of which are quaint towns with a view of the ocean from the main street. You have to be something of a nature lover to really enjoy a place like this because there are not a whole lot of places to entertain you, but the natural beauty and native wildlife of course. The island is aptly named for its large population of Kangaroos, but don’t believe that is the only wildlife you will experience, as there are seals, sea lions, koalas,echidnas, wallabies, and a ton of others (you will see at least one of these even if you don’t try that hard, these are just the ones we saw). We spent two days on the island at the Wildlife Retreat on the Flinders Chase National Park side, and loved evey minute of it. We hired a car to drive around and were warned right away that despite buying the extra insurance, that we were not covered between sunset and sunrise because of the shear numbers of Kangaroos out at night. It was a great place to relax and enjoy some gorgeous wildlife and scenery. Let me know what you think.

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Australia (Melbourne)

We began our trip in Melbourne, the largest city in the southeastern state of Victoria. Just as any other cosmopolitan city, Melbourne has a very vibrant downtown, or Central Business District(CBD), with great public transportation. The city is self described as a “melting pot,” and the variety of cafes and coffee shops makes every block you walk down an exploration of the city’s character. Melbourne, if not all of Australia, is a very pedestrian place. There are tons of little districts scattered throughout the city that encourage you to leave your wheel based transportation for a slower, more intimate form of exploration. So it is with this knowledge of the city that I bring you to my personal explorations of this eclectic city.

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Australia (Twelve Apostles)

First, I know its been a while….I have been busy with the holidays and we were out of the country for about 3 weeks. I figured I needed to start posting some of the amazing things I was able to see while in Australia before I start posting anything else from more recent history. This first post is devoted solely to the place that inspired Katy and I to plan a return trip to the Australia. In 2006 Katy and I were both part of a study abroad program, seperately, near the city of Melbourne. In April of that year Katy returned home to a friend who coaxed her into joining myspace, and while she was looking for old friends she came across a photo of me in front of the Twelve Apostles rock formation, and decided to contact me. I was still in Australia so we began to email each other back and forth to get to know one another (again), and this continued even after I returned to the states. After about a year of talking over email or the phone we had an opportunity to have our first date, and the rest is history, but we both still hold a special place in our hearts for the place that was ultimately responsible for getting us back in touch with each other. I don’t believe that either one of us anticipated the beauty that was in store for us when we rolled up in our “hired car” to revisit these natural wonders, but I can tell you that even through this lens, it does not begin to describe the serenity of the location. You stand out on a raised peninsula jetting out into the ocean. The wind brushes against your face, and the sun sends a wave of warmth over your face while you stand 300 feet above the thunder of waves crashing into the shear cliff face. It is almost senses overload as you stand in awe of the wonders of nature. I hope that these images inspire the same emotions from you.

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Fall (Part 2)

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ”

~Stanley Horowitz

Every season evokes an emotion, and that emotion comes to life in the form of memory. The very nature of the season is slowing, and life taking a pause until the days can grow longer and it the sun shows its warm face again. The breeze rustles through the branches clinging to the colorful jewels it took all season to create, and gently carries it to the ground. I have been lucky over this season, to be able to be an audience to such quiet events. I will share with you today, what I have been witness to in the past few days. Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the fall season.

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Fall (Part 1)

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

Over the next few weeks it is my goal to try and capture the essence of this changing season. Fall is upon the mid-west, and while may not have the signature status of a New England Fall, it has every bit of color and warmth that our neighbors to the North East have. I will be trying to show that, along with a little of the character of Kansas/Missouri. Let me know what you think.

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