Wednesday, November 28, 2012
|I returned to the beach this evening to take a picture of the full moon over Lake Michigan, and got an unexpected bonus: Jupiter shining bright and beautiful just above and to the left of the moon.|
|As if Jupiter were not enough, there was also a strange configuration of three lights to the right of the moon. They were so bright and seemed so stationary in the sky that i was briefly afraid that it might be Melancholia x 3. I think they must have been three airplanes headed towards O'Hare ... or else they were UFOs.|
|The sparkling Chicago skyline.|
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
I've looked at this sculpture countless times, but have apparently been too focused on the parts to really see the whole. But thanks to the camera's eye, i've just realized that it looks like a monarch butterfly. I'd like it anyway, but being reminded of one of my favorite creatures only makes me like it more.
Putting art aside for a moment, i know that in the aftermath of a big Thanksgiving dinner and ensuing leftovers, i should practice a little restraint. But i've been craving pizza for weeks, and there's J.B. Alberto's right across the street. They don't open until 4:00 so until then i'll be watching the clock and dreaming of pepperoni.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Filled to the gills with turkey, shocked by the sudden and unceremonious arrival of sub-freezing weather, and temperamentally incapable of enjoying the annual blood sport of Black Friday shopping, i chose to spend the day indoors, with a puppy on my lap and a brand-spanking new book just waiting to be read.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I'm putting in a plug for one of my favorite local businesses today. This peaceful little oasis at the corner of Sheridan and Pratt is Royal Coffee, home of what i consider to be the best coffee beans in town. They serve food here too, both American and Ethiopian, but for me it's all about the beans: high quality Ethiopian coffee beans, roasted in small batches, and sold for a few dollars less per pound than the high-end roasters. It's a nice little mom-and-pop business, where the owners are so warm and hospitable that i always feel like a member of the family when i walk through the door. There are several good cafés on this stretch of Sheridan Road, and i honestly try to spread my caffeine-spending among them, but when it comes to beans, this is the place!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Another segment of the Mile of Murals, this one on the west side of the L tracks, on Glenwood between Lunt and Greenleaf. This mural is noteworthy for anyone interested in American politics these days. Not only is it a portrait of our 44th president, but it contains two valuable pieces of information. First, directly across the street from this mural is the Heartland Café, where Barack Obama began his campaign for the United States Senate in 2005. And secondly, for those of you who are so indoctrinated by Fox News that you think President Obama is a socialist, please observe the carefully positioned traffic sign indicating "no left turn." As the more progressive among the electorate have learned to our chagrin, Mr. Obama adhered to this policy throughout his first term and doesn't show much indication of doing otherwise in his second, making the socialist label quite puzzling. Don't get me wrong, i like and support the president, but i also hope to live to see the day when "Left" means something more than "not quite as far to the right as the Right."
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
If you haven't noticed by now, i love construction sites. And i'm convinced that they love me back. Is that guy on the cherry-picker waving at me? How cool is that?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
|The corner of Wells and Hubbard, as seen from the northbound Brown Line train.|
The photo du jour is proving a bit challenging this week as i adjust to the end of daylight savings time and the resultant 4:30 PM sunsets. By the time i get home, it's completely dark out and not very photogenic with my humble little camera. But there's always the view from the train, and i especially enjoy this stretch of track where the Brown Line makes a luxuriously wide turn. And being utterly predictable, i always say to myself, "One of these days, i need to get off the train and get a pizza from Lou Malnati's"(the red awning on the left). But i never do.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The left-over picket sign from the teachers' strike caught my eye in the upstairs window of the Morse "El" Pharmacy earlier today. I'm glad that i paused long enough in my travels to catch all these nice angles. I had hoped to get some more inspiring image on this election day. I've done my duty and cast my vote, but it's cold and rainy outside, so instead of going out to watch the election returns in a large public gathering, i think i'm going to stay home and watch them on my television.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The intersection of State and Madison, the dividing line between North/South and East/West addresses. Wherever you want to go in Chicago, this is a good place to start. I'd be embarrassed to admit how many times i've stopped in the middle of crossing the street here just to take a picture of this beautiful cityscape.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Logically, i know that they are living on borrowed time, yet i can't help but get a thrill every time i see a rose in bloom on a chilly November morning. I briefly hope against hope that instead of winter, this year we will have an unending rose season.
So here's to all you fellow late-bloomers. Long may you flourish!