Be Kind to Trees?

Down my street it seems there’s a tree lover.

This winter’s fashion for deciduous trees?

I don’t know whether it’s as cozy as more traditional winter gear; it’s certainly more fun.

Bertie’s not quite sure what to make of it.

Night or Day?

After flying against the sun for 10 hours, what your body tells you is at odds with what your eyes tell you: is it night or day?

Bertie's a bit confused too.

Flying Home

On our way back home.

Bertie's made sure his address is clearly marked on the case.

In Schaumburg

Today Bertie strolled around in Schaumburg, and there it was.

Just as we thought.

A Grand Day Out

Paris in the sunshine.

And another sandwich gone missing!

Shooting in Chicago

Bertie likes the bean.

Chicago, well, the  unique bits of Chicago, are nearly impossible to photograph. The magnificent mile is truly amazing, in a way photos don’t really capture. Chicago’s people have found a way around it: the Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”. It’s an incredible piece of sculpture that is not only lovely as an object, like all great art it makes you really look, and lets you see the world around you in a new light.

To make it short, I think the best way to photograph Chicago is: in reflections.

P.S. I admit I’m strictly a point and shoot photographer. If you’ve made a great shot of Chicago, post a link.

Van Gogh’s Best Bed

Bertie and I went to the Art Institute Chicago today. A breathtaking collection of art. The AIC must have had incredibly rich patrons to acquire a whole roomful of Monets,  alongside Gauguins, Picassos, Miros,  – and I didn’t even go to see the old masters. My only quibble is that some American artists like Hopper and Pollock are underrepresented.

Bertie loves Van Gogh.

You can see Bertie felt quite at home.

Blown Away

Windy city
They don't call it windy city for nothing.

A Room with a View

Overlooking Lake Michigan.

Bertie at the window.
Bertie loves the view.
Bertie still at the window.
He kept his nose glued to the window all night.
Bertie on the window sill.
Finally asleep in the sun.

Getting a Life

After a while in cyberspace, Bertie realised he didn’t want to become one of those people who spend all their time online. He decided he needed to get out and see people. Here I caught him on a meeting blackboard.

Bertie illustrating a point
Bertie shines a light on the issue.

The Scribbler

Bertie scribbled
Feeling scribbly today?

I  just found this adorable online scribble tool. You do a quick doodle, and then it scribbles it in. You can adjust colour and randomness. Addictive.

Scribbled rose
Make your very own valentine’s rose.
Scribble abstract
Just a random scribble…

Seeing Things

Seeing things?
Seeing things?

14 hours travel today, I’m dead on my feet. And to think this is the easy direction, with the sun.

Not Stupid

Look who's coming along!

I packed for a trip last night, and see what happened. Dogs know what’s up when you start packing a suitcase.

Heat of the Moment

Snug as a bug in a rug.

Laundry day. It was so freezing cold outside and in parts of the house that while I was folding I wrapped myself in a towel straight from the dryer. Deliciously warm. Isn’t that the place to curl up?

Dog Tired

It’s been a very hard week, and Bertie is exhausted.

Berie tired
Good night, sleep tight.

Scepticism in the Nursery

Wise owl
Is the owl really wise?

From my childhood I remember “The animal fair” by Alice and Martin Provensen. Beautiful illustrations,  cute stories and rhymes. One my favourites questioned stereotypes.

“…And though the owl is known as wise,

he’s never won a spelling prize.”

So who really knows? Bertie doesn’t.


Which Witch?

Witch with flaming cat
Another rare sight: a flying witch

How do I know it’s a witch?

See the flaming cat on the broomstick? Only witches have cats like that. Bertie could have told you that. Speaking of which. Why do curled up dogs and cats always look so cozy and warm?

Bertie cozy
Makes you want to curl up yourself, doesn’t it?

Just can’t bring myself to close the flame painter.

Mating Flight of the Phoenix

Bertie the blog-dog , abstract in Flame
Bertie the blog-dog as abstract art.

Lazy sunday. I spent all day playing with my new app, the Flame painter. Wow. This is art. Not the results, but the pure joy of playing with colours. I encourage everyone to try the free online version. Peter Blaškovič other simulations are also worth a look.

Flame - Rose
A splash of spring.
Flame 1
Just playing with lines.

Mating flight of the phoenix

Rare sight: the mating flight of the phoenix.

The male circles, showing off his magnificent fire-tail to impress the female above. If she descends, he’s in with a chance. Rarely seen, phoenixes in mating plumage are thought to bring luck, and the male display seen from below is probably the origin of the “angel” myth and shape.

Bertie in the Morning

Bertie the blog-dog streches

Bertie and me, we like to sleep in. But we need to go buy some dog-food, before the shops close. And a blog-dog gets hungry…

Thank God it’s Friday


What a week! Being a blog-dog is exhausting.

Introducing Bertie

Bertie the blog-dog

Bertie has joined me to liven things up a bit. He’s not too happy with the likeness. Drawing on a trackpad’s not that easy: I think I need a drawing tablet…