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Flying High





I dunno about you guys but I absolutely love this city. You hear me out there — LOVE!!!

I’ve had Chicago ambitions since I was a student at SicEmU. I wanted to work for the Chicago Sun-Times. I wanted to cover the mobsters of the Chi. Be immersed in the culture and food scene cuz let’s face it, anyone could eat this

deep dish
Taken at Pizzeria Uno

everyday right?! I mean who wouldn’t want to have this delectable morsel of yummy spicy cheesy goodness?!

I can’t even say enough about this trip. It was definitely an opportunity I’m eternally grateful for because honestly my boss doesn’t have to pull the strings she does for me. She doesn’t have to help me advance in my career. She doesn’t really have to do anything but just let me work. But she does that and more 150% of the time.

So imagine my mind being blown late July when she told me we were going to good ol’ Chitown baby! Totally just… Shut me the fuck up and well we all know how hard that is sometimes. The weeks leading up to the trip I wasn’t excited or gung-ho about the trip. Something just wasn’t letting me enjoy the fact I was going to one of my top bucket list destinations. But like always I got through. My anxiety subsided finally.

But then I saw this:

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Flying over Lake Michigan


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Big Ten Network entrance

And this:

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Big Ten Network Studios

Yoooooooooo lemme tell you something in my NYC Latina accent I had #reportambitions as soon as I stepped foot in the studio. My heart went pitter pat so fast I almost had the vapors. Spoken like a true southerner huh?

But the piece of résistance was this shot here from the Director of Engineering office:

the view

Ain’t it just beautiful?!?!

I wanna go back. I wanna go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. I wanna actually try a genuine Chicago hot dog. I would love to visit Northwestern University and its journalism school. I’d like to tour the Chicago Sun-Times if that’s even possible. So many side adventures that wasn’t exactly feasible this trip due to time constraints. But I’ll be back Chicago baby! Don’t you worry your pretty little heart.

Thanks for reading…

the southern yankee 

*all photos were taken on an iPhone 5s

Photo 101 Day 4: Yankee In the Middle

Since I was a little girl I dreamed of being in the big city. Having been born in the big ol City of Angels, the big city life has always been somewhat of a destiny for me.

I love the hustle and bustle of it all. The “busyness” sings to my musical soul. The lights call to me. Everything about the big city life seems exciting to the kon’try raised little girl inside.

I took this picture the other night using ProCam2. I was really surprised I got this shot because like a few of my other posted pictures, I was moving at the time and let’s just face facts here…moving while taking pictures with an iPhone isn’t always going to yield the best results.

But this picture isn’t half bad. There are some obvious adjustments that need to be ironed out, i.e. the whole moving issue and the noise caused by the moving and the light of that stupid street lamp. Perhaps, one day I will be in the passengers seat so I can get a decent shot of Downtown Houston. It’s sorta a dream of mine to get this shot because like most big cities, especially in Texas, the downtown areas are really picturesque.

Downtown Houston at night
This is where I want to be… in the middle of it all!


Photo 101 Day 3: Agua en Fotografias

The below two photos were taken with my Sony a5000.

I have to say that the second picture is by far my favorite. I feel it shows more detail than the top picture, even though I used the same settings for both. I think when I must have increased the brightness for the first picture when I probably shouldn’t have.

Does anyone have a Sony a5000? If so, I welcome any tips and tricks.

Thanks for reading…


The Southern Yankee 


Photo 101 Day 2: The Road Ahead To Be Someone 

I’ve always had a strong interest in photography. I love the dimensions in which distance is felt in a scenic or distant landscape type photograph. I love the details captured in a crisp black and white photo. I even love the various tricks one can use to create beautiful illusions with a click here, a tap there and another click over yonder in Adobe Creative Suite.

As a writer, I use photography to enhance my story. Sometimes “painting a picture” with words isn’t  enough. Sometimes, as the old standard cliché goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. What if a photo was worth more than stupid and words? What if the photograph(s) spoke to a person in ways the words on a piece of paper could not?

For Day 2’s assignment, I wanted to take more than the standard set up, get oriented then shoot photograph.  I’ll admit these photographs aren’t as crisp and clear as I would like them to be. For the most part, I like the photos but they could be so much better if I had taken them on my Sony a5000 and if I actually took the time needed to properly set up the shot.

But, alas, as usual I was using my iPhone 5s which is always accessible and doesn’t take up too much room in my purse.

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This photo is entitled The Long Road. I was on my way to workout at the University of Houston Main Campus Rec. It was about 06:00 and I thought the foggy conditions made the Calhoun Road seem much longer than in reality. The shot would have been absolutely perfect had I not stopped so close to that damn bright ass street lamp.

The Long Road metaphorically represents my journey through life. Just as the end of the road is unclear in the above photograph so is my journey. I wholeheartedly believe there are a million and one adventures  left to be had in my lifetime. That the fun hasn’t really started yet nor will it cease once it does finally get underway.

The brightness of the street lamp is the beginning. The dark shadows that lead into the fog are the many bumps. The yellow crosswalk lights caution me to proceed eagerly but attentively. And the glimmers of light along the are the people I’ve been blessed to meet throughout my life.

Good huh?!

This next photograph, entitled Be Someone, was taken using the ProCam2 app for iOS on my iPhone 5s.

I pass this graffiti sign every time I drive into Downtown Houston. I have to say that this graffiti sign reminds me of why I write and partially why I started The Southern Yankee. I’ve always wanted to be more than what I currently am. I am not one to hurry up and wait for things to happen in my life. I love a good adventure and not knowing where I’ll end up. Challenges excite me. Helping and nurturing other people is second nature.

I’m not saying I want to be famous. even though being a famous writer does sound be quite niiiice. I just would like my efforts and work to matter in the world. Maybe not on a Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King level but enough to where people remember at least my writing.


Hope you all enjoyed my Photo101 submissions for today. If you’re an iPhone photography genius, please  comment below about your tips and tricks.

Thanks for reading…

The Southern Yankee