It’s time for a break. Like this turtle below, time to doze in the sun. We are off to visit our Chicago family and when we return we are busy with ballgames and barbecues. So I won’t be posting for a while. Hope everyone is having a great summer and I will be back with new images and non-political thoughts in a couple of weeks. Take care of each other!
I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography.Being around “The Bean” in Chicago’s Millennium Park makes people act a little stupid. This young lady tried crowd diving into a group of strangers who fortunately caught her. Please feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.
As you begin and move through life you have the opportunity to experience many joys. I will do us all a favor and not enumerate them. When I became the Father of a little girl I began to think about the joys she would bring our family through her life. I began to experience through her eyes of what it was like to be a little girl. I realized that if we were lucky in life I may actually get to walk her down the aisle at her wedding and deliver a toast. Well we were lucky and I got to that this August at the Honore Ballroom at the Palmer House in Chicago. A wedding is a sea change event and this was one was no different. Having this honor was one of the greatest and most important moments in my life and I will remember it always. (Image courtesy of Leah Moyers Photography)
OK, so technically this is not really stolen art. The Art Institute of Chicago allows you to take pictures in most areas as long as you do not use flash photography. I rarely will take pictures inside a museum but do enjoy photographing sculpture so when I saw the Chagall Windows I almost felt compelled to take pictures of them. We had seen more of Chagall’s windows in Nice but these are pieces he created specifically for the United States audience.
The Chicago Park District is the oldest and largest park district in the U.S. It has the distinction of spending the most per capita on its parks, even more than Boston in terms of park expenses.The Chicago Park District oversees more than 580 parks with over 8,100 acres of parkland as well as 24 beaches, 77 pools, 11 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons and 10 bird and wildlife gardens that are found within the city limits.
Lincoln Park was Chicago’s first large park and Millennium Park is the newest large park. Millennium Park contains a Frank Geary designed band shelter and auditorium and the world famous Cloudgate (The Bean) and the famous Crown Fountain. In addition to many permanent sculptures they bring in temporary installations. These giant heads are on display until December 2015. They were created by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa who also created the Crown Fountain and are there to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Millennium Park.
I have traveled a lot to Chicago over the years and stayed in most of the really good hotels. I never stayed at The Drake but had cocktails there. I have stayed at all the Westin hotels, The Sheraton, The Chicago Hilton,The Hyatt, The Intercontinental, the Ritz and many others. Last week we stayed in a suite at the Palmer House as part of my daughter’s wedding. Is it the most beautiful in Chicago? Who knows. It is certainly in the same class as the Intercontinental and the Ritz and one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. Not only is it beautiful but the service and attention by the entire staff was perfect.
I know New Yorkers don’t want to believe this but Chicago is called “The Second City” since it rebuilt itself after the Great Chicago Fire. Chicago has many nicknames, The Windy City and The City That Works among them. Theodore Dreiser called it “This Florence of the West”. I love the architecture and public art of Chicago. When I revisited Millennium Park after my daughter’s wedding, I found a wonderful new art installation that will be there for the next year or so. Like all the art in that area it is interesting and spectacular.