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The Fourth!

July 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The 4th of July is a low key event around here. We go to the town parade (which consists mostly of politicians in convertibles as well as various businesses) and enjoy the abbreviated high school marching band (most of the musicians are gone for the summer), the Shriner bagpipers, etc... There's always a children's parade at the beginning where brightly decorated bicycles and children move in a pack over the parade route- safely out of the way before the parade proper begins.

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Later that week, after seeing the John Singer Sargent show at the Art Institute, a little cool-off in Millenium Park.



Feeling noir-ish

July 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Another week is beginning... If you feel as I do about our current political situation, then you might have dark thoughts as well. Uncle Sam might well be weeping.


Went out to dinner in the West Loop area. Rick Bayless has a new restaurant there called Lena Brava that's quite nice. Temperature was in the 90's but dropping as the sun went down so we elected to sit outside where the crowd was thin and the people watching better.

On the way back I saw an art shop pop-up located in a shipping container-


A vacant parking lot- fewer of these around as new construction takes over the area-


And, under an Amtrak viaduct, a forlorn flag...


On a more cheerful note, I shot some more infrared-filtered digital landscapes at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The sky was blue with puffy clouds!


All for now... Have a Glorious 4th!

Rain today, zoo yesterday...

June 21, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Flood warnings and intermittent storms today... Yesterday I walked to the Lincoln Park Zoo and took a look around to see who was awake. The camels were busy trying to eat their enclosure, but not in an interesting way. Zebra's are cool, if only for their stripes (apparently the pattern confuses tsetse flies). ZebraZebraZebra stripes... The apes were sleeping (they seem to do that a lot, but then there's not a whole lot of other things for them to do). The flamingos were standing around as usual- some sleeping  Tilden_20180620_112052Tilden_20180620_112052 Lions were awake too- in their moat for a nicely different angle. Almost looks like they're in the wild! Tilden_20180620_113816Tilden_20180620_113816 And that's all for now!

A day in the city

June 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A day in the city running errands and sightseeing. CT and CM visited the Gold Coast Art Fair after Zumba. I wandered over to the Art Institute to see the new Ivan Albright show... I can't say I like his work much (I'm not sure anyone can actually 'like' his paintings) but he was a great artist. Apparently a meticulous one as well. He made a complete drawing on the canvas before beginning to paint in a patchwork fashion. In this image you can see the charcoal drawing along with the painted sections...

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Later I ran across the beginning of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade forming up on Columbus. Lots of flags and interesting cars. Also a large number of flag decked jeeps. Is that a thing?

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Today I went to the Garden...

June 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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During the film camera days infrared photography was often used for architectural photography (blue skies are rendered as nearly black) but IR is also strongly reflected off the chlorophyll in leaves, grass, etc. Click here for much more information from Wikipedia.

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