Urban Nymph Photo

Digital heart, analog soul



2017 was not my most creative year. Lots of work changes, and a lot of "meh" on my part. I just wasn't very motivated or inspired. I'm hoping to get out of that slump in 2018. Read More…

Saying goodbye...

Saying goodbye…to my on-again-off-again love affair with faded, lifted blacks in my photos. Read More…

Conservatory in the city

Funny that I live in Denver, but seem to write mostly about my shots from Chicago. I need to fix that—Denver is one hell of a place. But until then, this is another Chicago post, about a gem just outside of the city: The Lincoln Park Conservatory. Here's a bit from the Chicago Park District:

During the early nineteenth century developments in iron and glass building technology led to the construction of conservatories in cities throughout Europe and the United States.

Later in the century, as people were increasingly concerned about the ill effects of industrialization, they became fascinated with nature and interested in collecting and classifying plants. Large conservatories with display and exhibit rooms gained popularity, and Lincoln Park's small greenhouse no longer seemed sufficient. Architects Silsbee and Bell were commissioned to design a much more substantial building.Rendered in an exotic style, the new structure included palm, fernery, orchid, and show houses. A "paradise under glass," the Conservatory supported "a luxuriant tropical growth, blending the whole into a natural grouping of Nature’s loveliest forms."

I spent a gray and rainy day wandering through this delightful oasis. And I took some pictures.

A white flower
{ white }

Hydrangea macrophylla (Big Head Pink)
{ Garden Hydrangea | Hydrangea macrophylla | 'Big Head Pink' }

Step into another time
{ step into another time }

Save the bees!
{ take off! part 2 }

{ smorgasbord }

Of course they're ancient ferns. Don't you see the dinosaur!?

All photos taken on my Olympus EM1, with the OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8 Pro

NIghtcrawler: Baker to Wash Park West

Denver is such a great city to walk around in, any time of day, any time of year. A friend and I went strolling along Broadway one evening in December. Starting in the Baker neighborhood and wandering over to Wash Park West.

I love lightbulbs. I've just recently come to this realization. It's not their bokeh potential—though I love that—there's just something about a lightbulb I love.
{ who doesn't love bokeh? }
Punch Bowl Social Bokeh

It's always about chasing the light.
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Around the Corner

We get truly amazing sunsets in Denver.
{ Denver @ dusk }
Broadway & Alameda @ Dusk

Favorite bar. Favorite neon.
{ Candle Light Tavern }
Candlelight Tavern

Best NY style pizza you'll find in Denver. Foldable, slices bigger than your head, and delicious!
{ Famous Pizza | Denver }
Famous Pizza

I swear this place only exists at night! I don't ever recognize it during the day.
{ sanatorium }
Coffee and Books

Like lightbulbs, I love me some old lit-up signs.
{ Budweiser on tap }
Bud on Tap