Spring!

Did about a 5-mile walk from Lincoln Park’s North Pond, through to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Nature Boardwalk, then crossed over Lake Shore Drive to the beaches – Fullerton Beach and North Ave. Beach, then along the breakwater to the Near Northside at Chestnut. Lots of birds about including several green herons in the North Pond as well as in the Nature Boardwalk.



The skyline was not visible though because of the fog … which made photography of people on the breakwater very interesting.

Sun Worshippers, May 8, 2018

I was off on Tuesday, May 8 because of the primary elections that went on in Indiana. Because I am used to getting up early on week days, I was able to go out to Thorndale Beach to watch the sun rise.

There were already people there doing the same thing.



I can’t get enough of sunrise shots.

A Short Walk on Argyle St., April 29, 2018

Argyle St. is known as Chicago’s New Chinatown located in Uptown in the city’s far northside. It is the home of, not only of Chinese businesses but also Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and Thai shops. I planned to have just an iPhone walk, taking pictures of the murals on the side streets but I ended up eating at the new Hon Kee restaurant and shopping at Viet Hoa for my Filipino groceries and then having dessert at La Patisserie.



Blah Weekend


It was just a so-so weekend, really a time to just rest and laze around the house. I looked out the window on Saturday, saw that it was sunny but cold, so I went back to bed.

On Sunday, I had an errand to do in downtown, so while I was there, I checked out my usual photographic defaults – The Bean and Lurie Garden, nothing much was happening there. I am sure there was something going on somewhere downtown, but I just wasn’t up to doing anything.

I went grocery shopping instead.



Quinceañera Day at the Park

There were at least five quinceanera pictorials at Millennium Park last Saturday, March 24, 2018.



From Wikipedia: The fiesta de quince años is a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday. It has its cultural roots in Latin America but is widely celebrated today throughout the Americas. The girl celebrating her 15th birthday is a quinceañera.

I was late for the March for Our Lives march as I got caught in a blizzard in Central Indiana on my way from Vincennes in southern Indiana to Chicago. That was scary. There were a lot of spinouts along the way, the most dangerous of which was a semi that spun around and started to face the incoming traffic that was me. After that encounter, I basically was holding traffic as I was driving very very slow until I felt it safe to drive normally (I spun out in a blizzard four years ago, and it was not a good experience).

I was scheduled to arrive in Chicago just at about when the march started, but because of the traffic delay, I got into my building at about 1:30 pm. I still went out to Union Park hoping to catch the tail end of the march and rally – got some pictures of people wandering around with their signs but nothing to write about.

But in Millennium Park was another gathering of sorts – it just so happened that there were many quinceanera pictorials that day – at least 5 – with the girls celebrating their 15th birthday in their majestic bouffant ball gowns – and their court in formal attires as well. I am sure there were many more but at one moment in the park, there were 5 of them. So what else could I do?

At least the day wasn’t wasted.



Greening of the Chicago River


Mr. Ireland

At the greening of the Chicago River, March 17, 2018 in celebration of Chicago’s Irish Community. St. Patrick’s Day, 2018.



Before sunrise, March 11, 2018


Once I hit middle age, my internal rhythm went out of whack. I found myself waking up earlier and earlier. Suddenly, I was faced with the dilemma of what to do, what to do in the wee hours of the morning. I didn’t face that before because I didn’t get out of bed before 8 am unless I had to. Then I remembered what the great Bryan Peterson (author of Understanding Exposure and other books) said about missing more than 80 percent of photography when waking up late. So I made the habit of going out before sunrise to photowalk. That’s why you see a lot of sunrises in this blog. Granted, I drive out of Chicago very early in the morning to go to work in Indiana … but this habit of getting very early preceded that. And it’s a great exercise too, without really realizing I am exercising. I walk at least anywhere from 3 – 14 miles every weekend.



This morning, I went out for a walk around the Navy Pier area, arriving at the end of Navy Pier way before sunrise. It was blissful not to be among the crowd. Because I can only see in one eye now, I have difficulty navigating crowded areas. I was the only one there, save for some runners who ran in and out. It was incredibly uplifting to soak in the power of the sun while it rose above the horizon.



And then the sun showed up.

Oh Happy Day!


This morning’s sunrise (March 4, 2018) reminded me of the gospel song, “Oh Happy Day!” by Edwin Hawkins (sung by Edwin Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins Stephens and the Edwin Hawkins Singers) which goes this way:

Oh happy day (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day).

Edwin Hawkins is considered to be one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound. “Oh Happy Day” was popularized (at least to me) by the movie, Sister Act II.



Happy New Year of the Dog!


iPhone photos of the lions at yesterday’s Lunar New Year Parade on Argyle St. in Uptown. Argyle St. is home to many ethnic-Chinese Vietnamese businesses and the heart of the Vietnamese community in the city. The parade is smaller than the one in Chinatown but it’s not too crowded and you basically see the same features of the big parade in a smaller scale.

These are iPhone photos that I took before the parade began.

Fire and Ice, February 24, 2018

Chicago’s Full Moon Jam group was at its best last night at its Fire and Ice performance at the skating ribbon in Maggie Daley Park at the lakefront. It was one of the off-season jams that the group holds once in a while. Regular jams are held every full moon during the summer on the lakefront just south of Foster Ave. Beach in Uptown.

No drumming last night but it was still very awesome.