For the past 5 years, I have been going out photographing during the New Year. It started when I first photographed the Polar Bear Plunge at North Ave. Beach. The event lasted for only a short while leaving me plenty of time to kill.
So killed time did I do … walked around the area ending up in either Millennium Park or at Lincoln Park Zoo.
This year, I ended further south at Solidarity Drive in the Museum Campus.
This post covers the portion of the walk around North Ave. Beach.
Just a short walk to photograph the last critical mass ride for the year.
I just took down my one-man exhibit at King Arts Gallery in the West Loop – and found myself right on the door step of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Since I had time, I thought, I might as well go up there since I haven’t been since they’ve built the ledges that jut out into thin air.
One of the most beautiful places in Chicago and one of its best kept secrets as well – the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park.
Did a short walk at Lincoln Park last Sunday, dropped by the conservatory, the zoo and then the lake front. I just wanted to take photos of the orchids at the conservatory – they had to my surpirse, several Philippine-derived orchids on display including a hybrid of the queen of them all – the Waling Waling (Euanthe sanderiana) although they still call it a Vanda hybrid.
Today is Mexican Independence Day. Chicago celebrated the Mexican culture by holding the Independence Day Parade in the Loop starting at noon yesterday. I didn’t realize that a parade was on yesterday – I lingered around Daley Plaza after class before going home. When I reached my bus stop, I saw a lot of people coming from Millennium Park holding Mexican flags. I was intrigued. I went to the park to see what’s going on.
Nothing that looked official, but there were a lot of groups having their pictorials – weddings, debuts, a sorority … Only after I got home when I realized that it was Mexico’s Independence Day and of course, there was a parade on Columbus Drive. At least I caught the aftermath so to speak.
More at my Examiner.Com column.