Through the Lens
As I go on my journeys, I’ll share several of my favorite photos from different locations. These photos are a mixture of people, places, nature, events, festivals, food, landscapes and more. Enjoy the eye candy!
I captured this beauty while walking through Bong. I used my macro setting on my Canon Powershot sx50.
There is a horse trail going through Bong Recreation Area. As I was driving through, I saw these ladies coming up the trail. They were kind enough to let me photograph their journey.
Silence was breached only by birds and insects. The Bong Recreation Area is part of the Wisconsin state park system.
Uke’s Harley-Davidson / Blessing of the Bikes Ride – Kenosha, WI
Every spring, Uke’s hosts an inaugural ride of the season which is also the annual Frank Ulicki Memorial Ride. Frank was the original owner of Uke’s. His son Keith now operates the business.
Looking down at the showroom floor from the museum level. Uke’s is a Kenosha legend catering to Harley riders for over six decades.
These young gents are waiting to straddle the back of a bike for the inaugural ride. Uke’s community of riders are family to each other. Their culture is close and loyal.
Blessing of the Bikes
The Blessing of the Bikes ride was started by a widow who’s husband was killed by a drunk driver while he was riding his motorcycle. Sadly, she suffered the same fate as her husband years later. This annual event can draw up to 1000 bikers.
I was invited to ride on the back of Keith Ulicki’s bike for the event. He was positioning the bike for me to capture photos. The ride starts at Uke’s and ends at a church about a 45 minute drive away.
Thank you Keith and Nanc Ulicki for letting me join this heart warming event. We are moments away from the pastor giving a blessing for a safe riding season.
She is assessing frigid Lake Michigan getting ready to feel the sting. Chicago winters are tough to deal with but Chicagoans are tougher.
The masses ready to dive in. This non-profit organization donates money to find a cure for ALS.
Chicago winter, snow, a frigid Great Lake, limited clothing, and a cold breeze – which facial expression were you expecting?
The Civil War Museum in Kenosha, WI highlights the six upper Midwest States that participated or supported the Union during the war.
Conditions for soldiers in battle were harsh. As with all wars, sometimes it was difficult to get supplies. Making do with what they had, the soldiers were willing to make sacrifices for each other.
The architect, Engberg Anderson, designed the building based on the forts used in battle.
No, I’m not in the water. I’m at the front of the pace / rescue boat. The pace boat follows every race throughout the day.
Jeff, the Director of Operations for Pan Am, invited me to ride on the pace boat. He gave me free rein to capture any photos I wanted while on the boat.
Waiting on the pace boat for the first heat of the day. Teams practice, exercise and get their games faces on while waiting on shore.
The water fountain outside the Kenosha Public Museum. The outdoor summer market takes place on 2nd St. – only a few feet away from Lake Michigan.
Market Days host many vendors ranging from food to jewelry to musicians.
I love the energy of festivals, events and people in general. Many unique personalities to engage in a variety of conversations.
Sailing in the summer fog on Lake Michigan.
This area along the shoreline is part of the redeveloped Kensoha Harbor Park. The Park consists of 69 acres hosting festivals and events throughout the summer.
Attractions in Harbor Park include the Kenosha Harbor Market, Civil War Museum and the Kenosha Public Museum. Events include a Fourth of July Celebration, Harbor Park Jazz & Blues Festival and Grill Games.
Kitt Peak sits on the Tohono O’odham Nation. This is artwork from Native American Indians.
The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope. This telescope is the largest solar instrument in the world.
Kitt Peak National Observatory sits high above the Sonoran Desert on the Quinlan Mountain Range.
A retired Blue Angel on the museum grounds.
Replica of the Wright Brother’s plane used in their first flight at Kitty Hawk. This is a nice welcome when visitors first walk into the indoor museum.
This is one of my favorite photos. My Dad is looking at a Vietnam era helicopter. The Vietnam War was his generation’s war.
Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
I spent a frigid afternoon at Niagara Falls. The Falls are beautiful during the wintertime.
Niagara Falls is part of Ontario’s Niagara Parks system. Be sure to pack your camera cleaning cloth when you go. The mist is abundant and will find your lens.
The roar, the power, the energy of The Falls is intense. The views never get old.
These young ladies raised the most money for the 2016 Lakeview Plunge. Congratulations!
Over 300 cold weather troopers jumped into Lake Michigan for the 2016 Plunge.
“Shrinkage” is the theme for a good cause.