Low over Rice Patties
Unarmed, mild-mannered CFD chopper dreaming of being a mighty Blackhawk Gunship on a mission in "Nam"
Caucusing with Sanders
I like Bernie, but Colonel Sanders is my favorite Sanders. I was on my way for a breasts & biscuits Summit when I stopped to shoot this beautiful Sunset.
63rd Street Beach.
An American Factory
This shot is for the young generation who have not seen America as the World's Greatest Industrial Power -- the "industrial might" from the beginning of 1900 that won WWI & WWII. They have not seen -- at their best -- the towns, the factories, that created the American Middle Class. They've seen the ruins of factories scattered across the Land in States, Cities & small Towns now called "the Rust Belk." In spite of what politicians say, the factories were not stolen. Like thieves in the night, the factories were not dismantled by Mexico and driven across the Border. From American Ports, Chinese ships didn't steal and carry the factories to China. The owners were not concerned about American workers making livable wages. The owners left America on their own. They handed out the pink slips, closed the Plants, boarded windows & doors, chained the entrances and left Massive Structures rusting & blighted in the Sun and in the snow. And they're still running to parts of the World looking for dirt cheap labor. Now -- only the owners and their share-holders are reaping the benefits. If you have an Apple smart-phone, look up the Company "Foxconn" in China. Look at Shanghai and look at Detroit. I ran into this Factory driving west from the Bishop Ford to the end of 130th Street at the river. I don't know its name or what product it makes, but I will find out. P.S. (We're still Great)
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday
To me, in Chicago, May is the first Month of Spring. So why call out the name of this beautiful Month as an International Distress Signal? The Mayday procedure word was originated in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford (1897-1962). A senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London, Mockford was asked to think of a word that would indicate distress and would be easily understood by all Pilots and ground staff. Since most traffic was between London and Bourget Airport in Paris he proposed the word Mayday from the French "Maidez" ( translate to) : Help Me! Before that -- SOS was used as the distress call by the telegraph.
Doorway to Healing
Saint Michael The Archangel.
Across a frozen Lagoon in Washington Park,
At 75th & the Lakefront is a circle where CTA buses stop, rest and turn around to head back west. I was doing the same when I noticed the Sun on Skyscrapers in the Loop.
Morning to You Too
A lone Morning Glory had out-raced the others as they were climbing to the top of this tall Corn Stalk.
Welcome Spring Training
I like to welcome Spring Training back for the Sox and the Cubs. I'm ready for another World Series Parade -- in my life time. That makes me a fan of both teams with "Chicago" written on their uniforms. So, Go Sox and Go Cubs.