Light a Candle
"It is better to light a candle than curse the Darkness" a Chinese Proverb. Another shot while at the stoplight. It's in the Abstract Category for an obvious reason.
Quote on the Beach
Quote of Tommy Bahama: A Seattle-base manufacturer of casual Men & Women's sportswear, activewear and - you guessed it - swimwear.
Let there be Roses
Too many dark rainy days. Want to see colors - see a Rose & Rose petals flying. "So it is written, So shall it be done"
Only The Dead
"Only the dead have seen the end of War" -- Plato. Oak Woods Cemetery.
In Cemeteries, there's poetry in the expressions of love & grief on headstones. And some of the headstones, statues, obelisks and mausoleums are pure artistry. I was drawn to this pose. In all of these acres, this is the only visual-art of a person actually resting-in-peace. When I first saw it with the late evening Sun as a backdrop, I thought it was a child sleeping - until I was closer and saw a woman. Standing next to it, her head was at least 8 feet from the ground.
In Oak Woods Cemetery, many famous people are buried -- 4 Chicago Mayors. As a history-buff, I'm interested in the earliest burials of the 1800s. The inscriptions say little about people. I'm more interested in the years of their births & deaths. The numbers tell stories about the times they lived and after. These States were added to the Union since 1900: Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii. Oil Lamps, candles and outhouses were common. Indoor toilets began mostly in the 1890s and the term, Saturday night baths came after the 1900s.
Without showing her last name, which was written in large letters across the base, Kate was first entombed here by a loving husband. Kate was born in 1849 and died in 1890 - just 41 yrs old. Her husband - who was a Doctor, thus the expensive monument - is also entombed here and he was born in 1817 and died in 1892 - at 75 yrs old. He was 32 when she was born and if they married when she was 21, he was 53.
What about the times: When he was born the USA was only 41 yrs old. Illinois became the 21st State 12-3-1818 and Chicago was incorporated in 1837. The Great Chicago fire was in 1871. Of course, they both saw the American Civil War and the many Wars against Native American tribal Nations.
For a woman, what were the obvious legal things that Kate and other women lived under? As we know, most Human societies have always been patriarchal. In America, Kate could not inherit property, at one time. Kate could not vote. Because of the suffragettes, the 19th amendment (Women's right to vote) passed in 1920. Concerning the Women's Movement and the Me Too & Time's up movements of today, I defer to women to speak on these matters. But as a history-buff I can go to the records to list some political progress for women since Kate's lifetime.
(1) Since 1789 there have been 50 Female US Senators. Since January 2017 a record 21 female Senators: 16 Democrats and 5 Republicans - including Tammy Duckworth of Illinois - a Democrat. (2) There have been 39 women Governors: 24 Democrats and 16 Republicans and 1 independent. (3) 4 Women have been on the Supreme Court. - 1 conservative. (4) Federal Judges: Women are 60 out of 167. (5) 115th Congress: 83 Women - 63 Democrats and 21 Republicans. There are many women in States Legislatures and a Woman received 2 million more popular votes in 2017 than the President - who is elected by the Electoral College. In politics, America is an ongoing experiment for progress. Remember when a Catholic couldn't be elected President.
I like to get a good shot, but I also read the names and wonder about the different lives that people buried here lived. This Doctor's monument to his young bride was very impressive and the numbers told a story --- Rest in Peace, Kate.
It's OK my plant friends. It is May 17th, but I'm wearing my Autumn attire too. It's not chilly but cold right off the Lake.
Balloons in the Midst
Colors rising high in a B&W evening Sunset. They put a new toy on editing. I had to try it.
Gooseneck Barn Light
This light - which is called a Gooseneck Barn light - caught my eye as something new & modern among the new & old bricks and that antique look of treated wood on this house that is being rehabbed.
I've heard that this is the house of an artist -- for an artist studio - with a patio and viewing area on the side of its double lot. It has several modern features and a unique look. I want to capture the whole house when the workers leave. Around 69th & Dorchester.
For Spacious Skies
Off of Highway 394. I don't know the town, but it's in the USA - as the title indicates. I'm sure you know the song.
Colors of MidMay
The green of newborn leaves swaying side by side with a delicate tree dressed in the orangeness of Autumn.
Driving by, I was struck by the colors - which were not the pink, red or white of Dogwood and Cherry Blossom trees. I circled this block in Hyde Park to get this shot. It was was an unexpected and pretty mixture of tree colors for May 15th.