Got Caught in the Rain at the Buckingham Fountain – June 20, 2015


I planned to take pictures of the Navy Pier Fireworks again from the Buckingham Fountain last night after the Zombie March. The walk finished early and didn’t want to go home (otherwise I would have not come back), so I decided to go to the fountain and just hang out there, perhaps shoot around there […]

Chicago Blackhawks Victory Parade – The Loop, June 18, 2015


The star of the show, The Stanley Cup! Was able to get a fair vantage point from the second story window of Target. But I only have my 210mm with me. I wanted to walk light. Taken at State and Monroe in the Loop.

Buckingham Fountain and Wednesday Night Fireworks – June 17, 2015


Was at the Buckingham Fountain last night … and got a bonus. It was Wednesday night fireworks at Navy Pier and was somewhat visible at the back of the fountain. Yay!

My Site Was Down For Awhile …

Mr. Chicago-2

  But I am back now. With a new host and hopefully, this time, there will me not much interruptions.

A Short Trip to the Most Expensive Rain Shelter Ever Built – June 10, 2015


Got caught in the rain while at Millennium Park yesterday. Then my batteries went dead. So I went home early.

Jurassic World? – May 31, 2015


At the Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Fern Room. Dinosaurs could surely be at home there. On Chicagoist’s Around Town Urban Horto June 10, 2015.

Lincoln Park Zoo – May 10, 2015


I finally was able to see the new exhibit at the zoo – the Japanese Macaques, out in their habitat. Too bad, it wasn’t snowing.

Back to Gilberts, IL – May 9, 2015

Back To Gilberts-5

Another barbeque in Gilberts, IL, the party central for our family in Chicago. This time, for my niece, Rinah’s birthday and Mother’s Day celebrations. Happy birthday Rinah!

Annual Tulip Walk – May 3, 2015


Tulips are the most exotic flowers for me … because we didn’t have tulips (not even imported ones) when we were growing up in the Philippines. Now, because of globalization, I am sure they are available. And so I am always enthralled by their beauty and varieties, year in and year out. Especially the ones […]

Pacquiao-Mayweather Viewing – May 2, 2015


The husband of my niece held a Pacquiao-Mayweather viewing at their home in Gilberts, IL in the far northwestern suburbs of Chicago. It was quite a road trip, got home at 3 AM but it was worth it. Despite Pacquiao’s loss, we enjoyed celebrating our town fiesta, Chicago version. Our hometown of Malinao in the […]

Yesterday’s Walk Reprised and Then Some – April 26, 2015


Because I didn’t feel the walk yesterday, I went back out today and re-traced my walk from yesterday, seeing that the sky today … was so blue! It didn’t disappoint. I even made it to the Agora and the new skateboarding park at the south end of Grant Park. And saw a family of horned […]

Too Cold to Do Anything Walk – April 25, 2015


I went to the Adler Planetarium to shoot some spring flowers at the back, but it was just too cold to do anything. So after a few tentative shots, I left and went to Millennium Park. It was prom day shoot at the park. I felt bad for the girls who were in their best […]

Short Walk, Loop, April 18, 2015


I had such a grandiose plan to walk from the Loop to Navy Pier yesterday. But as soon as I got out of the subway on Lake St., I saw this sign (above), asked permission to take a photo, and … well, nothing can top this, so I cut my walk short. By the way, […]

Birding at Lincoln Park Zoo, April 10, 2015


After going to the hospital for a series of diagnostic test that seemed like hours to complete, I walked over to Lincoln Park Zoo a few short blocks away from the hospital, just before they closed for the day, to see what’s new. The Philippine birds were strutting their stuff to me today.

Springtime Walk in my Neighborhood – April 4, 2015


Just a short walk around my neighborhood on a nice Saturday afternoon.

Tourist in My Own City – Day 5 (Last Day), April 3, 2015


Took pot shots of new and old murals (and then some) along 18th St. while waiting for the Good Friday procession to come by.

Tourist In My Own City, Day 5 – Via Crucis in Pilsen, April 3, 2015


The annual way of the cross on Good Friday in Pilsen. I have been photographing this event since 2011, on and off. It has become a pilgrimage for me.

Tourist In My Own City, Day 4 – April 2, 2015


This day, I just went around the south side of the river and took pot shots of interesting (to me) structures around the river walk. One of those buildings is the IBM Plaza, now known as the AMA Plaza, one of Mies Van der Rohe designed buildings in Chicago.

Tourist in My Own City, Day 3 – April 1, 2015


Random shots of my 3rd day of playing tourist around Chicago. It’s spring break for me and I’ve got nowhere else to go … so I stayed and toured the city. For this third day walk, I walked from the Adler Planetarium to the Loop, taking the path along the lakefront, on to Millennium Park, […]

Tourist in My Own City Day 2 – March 31, 2015


Into the blue hour … from Lincoln Park to the Gold Coast and then to downtown.

Tourist in my own city Day 1 – March 30, 2015


It’s spring break! I didn’t plan to go anywhere, I am playing tourist in my own city. There is just so much to see and do! Have a look!

The 105mm Photowalk – March 22, 2015


I haven’t used my Nikkor 105 f/2.8 that much … so I thought I’d take it for a spin in a special photowalk today … all macros, all flowers/plants. At the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Thaw – March 16, 2015


Finally, the ice cover on the beach is melting! And people came out to see the thaw!

The Greening of the Chicago River – March 14, 2015


I have been photographing the greening of the Chicago River during the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for more than ten years now. I usually organize a group to walk with me. This year though, I went solo. It never ceases to amaze me how magical this event is. It just is.