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A cold winter rain slicks streets and sidewalks in downtown Chicago

Click on above photo to view it in large format: A cold winter rain slicks streets and sidewalks in the Chicago Loop

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Naked trees are coated with ice after a winter ice storm in Wilmington, Illinois

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Naked trees are coated with ice after a winter ice storm in Wilmington, Illinois

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Ice coated pine tree in Wilmington, Illinois, after a severe winter ice storm

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Severe winter storm in rural Illinois coats everything with ice, leaving beauty in its dangerous wake

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State Street in downtown Chicago, decked out for Christmas

Click on above photo to view it in large format: State Street in downtown Chicago, decked out for Christmas, including giant toy trains on top of the subway stairway entrances

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On occasion, I write about travel related products that I use, but there’s another whole side of my life that I rarely talk about – the equipment needed to publish this blog. As most of my readers will know, photography is a big part of what I do, and the possibility of losing photos from a trip causes me to lose sleep. At the end of each day, I transfer my photos from the camera’s SD card to my laptop, but that’s only a temporary fix. The storage capacity of my laptop is much too small to hold all my work, so I always travel with an external hard drive, where I keep a backup copy of the more than 100,000+ photos I’ve taken.

The WD My Passport Wireless external hard drive offers a sleek silhouette and compact size, with built-in SD Card slot

The WD My Passport Wireless external hard drive offers a sleek silhouette and compact size, with built-in SD Card slot

Recently, I was contacted by a representative from WD, who offered me the opportunity to test their new WD My Passport Wireless drive. I’ve been using My Passport drives for a number of years and they have always performed perfectly, however this new wireless drive has an SD card slot, so I would be able to eliminate backing up to the laptop entirely. And with its wireless capacity, I would also be able to upload photos from my iPhone to the drive on the fly. I eagerly accepted their offer to try it out. Read More

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Christmas tree, seen through the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Christmas tree, seen through the Chicago Picasso sculpture at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago