"Upon This Rock." Architecturally speaking, this is a favorite Church of mine to shoot. Every time I see something different about it -- from a different angle -- near or far -- in different Seasons -- towering against different cloudscapes -- I release the shutter. Saint Michael The Archangel -- from around 82nd & Lake Shore Drive.
Jackson Park Restoration
Before I spotted this sign, I thought that all of the trees being taken down was because of some bugs infestation. The sign says in the Olmsted style -- meaning by Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted was one of the architects of New York's Central Park, before coming to Chicago in the 1890s -- and along with Daniel H Burham -- to design the "Fair Grounds" for the World's Exposition. It will be great to watch and shoot a new design, in over a century, to Wooded Island and Jackson Park, all the way to Lake Shore Drive.
Jackson Park Restoration (2)
The "Bridge Over the Lagoon Jackson" leading onto Wooded Island. I've seen the trucks used to cut trees down and the trucks used to grind up the trees into saw-dust roll across this temporary bridge to do their work. These same trucks were all over Jackson Park downing trees all Winter long. I missed seeing the bridge being constructed and it looks as though the Lagoon was drained somewhat. At the workers hourly pay, they didn't need a Colonel Saito to tell them "Be happy in your work" -- from the movie "Bridge Over the River Kwai" of course. (one of my favorites)
I wanted a close-up of the bridge of this big ship moving up the Calumet River -- just, for once, to see a pilot of the ship and to see whether there was something unusual sitting on the deck. There are 3 guys looking over the rails, but I saw what was really a surprise.
On the second deck there was an old fashion swing hanging. The kind I always wanted to have hanging on a big front porch to gently sway-in at night while I enjoyed a cold-one. Then I thought about being on this big ship, smack in the middle of an inland Sea -- like the Great Lake Michigan. It would be on a glorious black trillion-stars night. The kind of dark sky & stars that you can't see anymore due to the bright lights of the city.
Even big ships move up & down a little and that would make my swaying & swinging more enjoyable. I don't know whether a cold-one would be allowed, but a large bottle of pink lemonade will do. And, of course, I would have on my earphones listening to smooth sounds -- reflecting about the good-times I've had -- and how quickly the years have gone by.
On The Beach
Off of 75th Street break-waters beach.
The Block in Winter
The last time I was on this nearly-empty block I captured Summer colors, but Winter is mostly B&W.
A Slice Of February
In Jackson Park
Or "Go For IT" written in script. There's a circle around this building and I shot it from four angles. I couldn't figure out what it meant because from the angles I couldn't guess whether it started with a T or G and it was written as one word. Then one day I saw a sign on a house that said, Go For IT. It must be the slogan spear-heading the drive for the successful designation of the Pullman Community as a National Monument. Besides from the honor, I'm sure that Federal Dollars will flow in to help with the restoration of parts of the town as it was at the turn of the Century.
National Monument Designation Day
The Historic Pullman Community receives a well-deserved National Designation by the President.
Color Me Blue
From this same spot on Rainbow Beach, I have several shots of the Loop's Skyline and all are different: the Lake is flat, wavy or ice-filled -- the waters are blue, green or muddy -- the sky is cumulus, cirrus or bald -- or I can just have fun editing like this. The title is from a line in a song from one of my favorite Tyler Perry movies, "Why Did I Get Married" The very pretty song is, "Who Am I to Say" by Hope.