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A rainbow behind the Manhattan Beach Pier
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Chasing Rainbows in Manhattan Beach

When I woke up this morning, I looked out my bedroom window to the east. To my surprise, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I then walked to a north-facing window. From this vantage point, I could see dark clouds and what looked like an approaching storm. For the […]

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Hidden Contours in Southern Wisconsin

My wife and I left Chicago without a destination — or even a partially planned itinerary. We simply started driving west. Along the way, we passed through several small farm towns in northern Illinois. And, life seemed normal. The fields were planted, people were outside, and restaurants were open. There […]

A black sand beach near Vík, Iceland
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Four Spectacular Days in Iceland

After two lengthy delays, including an unscheduled stop in Newfoundland, our flight finally arrived in Iceland. We were relieved to be on the ground, but our journey was far from over. Our hotel on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula was still three hours away. On our way to the hotel, we stopped […]

Hermosa Beach Pier at sunset
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The Birth of the Pier Project

Six or seven years ago, I received a print of the Hermosa Beach pier. In retrospect, it was an unremarkable photo of one of the least famous piers in Southern California. But I loved the image nonetheless. It reminded me of home, particularly after I moved to the Midwest in 2013.