Cloud Observation 4

DSC_0608Date: 10/14/2015

Time: 2222 (10:22 PM)

Location: Home, DeKalb, IL

Cloud Types: Cirrocumulus

Cloud Coverage: Broken

Temp: 46* F

Wind: SW 6 MPH

When I took this photo last night, it appeared to be more haze than anything else. However, when the image has been enhanced/edited, it’s obvious that these clouds are more than haze.

Have I mentioned how much I dislike night shooting, by the way, unless I’m out in the country?

Cloud Observation 3

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Date: 10/14/2015

Time: 0832 (8:32 AM)

Location: Rt. 38 Eastbound, West Chicago, IL

Cloud Types: N/A

Cloud Coverage: Clear-Skied

Temp: 41* F

Wind: NW 5 MPH

As I was driving to class, I got stuck in a spot of traffic on Rt. 38 Eastbound. Since I carry the camera with me in the front seat, I took the opportunity to grab an observation since it was cold and clear. I figured it was going to remain cool and clear all day, and, for the most part, it did.

 

Cloud Observation 2

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Date: 10/13/2015

Time: 1615 (4:15 PM)

Location: Riverwalk Park, Naperville, IL

Cloud Types: Cumulus

Cloud Coverage: Scattered

Temp: ~60* F

Other Weather of Note: Windy.

After my jaunt to Blackwell, I’d planned on taking photos on the Riverwalk. While the part of the Riverwalk I’d planned on shooting at had been torn down for construction, I still was able to grab some amazing shots over the small lake/pond across the street from Naper Settlement. You can see most of those photos over at Flying Tiger Designs once I’m done processing them.

Cloud Observation 1

DSC_0506Date: 10/13/2015

Time: 1318 (1:18 PM)

Location: Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville, IL

Cloud Types: Cirrus, Cumulus

Temp: ~57* F

Other Weather of Note: Windy, especially on top of the hill.

Following Intro to Meteorology Class on Thursday, I opted to go exploring at Blackwell Forest Preserve. I’ve been to the Archery Range tons of times before, but had never been on top of the hill that overlooks the range; I decided to change that today. The following image is from my walk up the hill (maybe ~50% of the way up, facing East), and I was rewarded with brilliant blue skies and a treasure trove of colorful leaves.

 

 

Leather, Leather Everywhere

Well… Not at the moment, anyways!

But, yeah. I have leather on the brain currently despite being a week out from IFC (the furry convention I sit on the Board of Directors for currently) and two weeks out from school starting. Thanks to my friend Riley, I have the thought of leather suspenders on the brain. I also want to do more leatherwork for my personal fighter kit. Love the red accents I currently have going.

Anyways, the point of the post is that, in theory, I’m ready to kick off things. Sort of. I’ve decided to forego Kickstarter and just run things through here. Expect to see a page up soon for leatherwork. For right now, the financial aspect of things will be run through this site, but the showcase aspect will be run through Flying Tiger Designs since it’s more the portfolio.

New Ventures?

So, something that has recently been brought up to me again (and that I’d been contemplating for the past few years) is getting off my duff and investing in leatherworking tools. I’m slowly acquiring my own gear to complete (mostly) personal projects, but I also realize that I could do things like making accessories for SCA/Ren Faire events, making harnesses for fashion and practical use, and making collars and leashes for pets.

The thing is, for me to be able to do any of this, I need money for tools and supplies… And it’s kinda tempting to form a Kickstarter to pick up the things I need to form my basic workshop. Thankfully, I have access to a family-owned leather supply store (Yay, I Sachs and Sons!), so my options for leather supplies are more than just Tandy. Speaking of Tandy, I also have access to not one, but TWO stores within a couple hours’ drive of my living space, so I can certainly pick up things when I need to.

The idea is that, in my spare time aside from work and homework (I’m still in school), I’m trying to raise a bit of extra cash to: a) pay off old debts, b) pay down current bills, c) create a savings account, and d) just become a bit more financially solvent. Also, I like working with my hands, so it keeps me happy when I can’t do much outside during the winter.