A member of the Drink and Click Chicago group flew in from Monroe, LA (she flies in to see the opera) last Veterans Day weekend – perfect timing for the November themed photowalk, the theme of which I totally forgot. Hah!
But it was Veterans Day, so it was fitting to photograph the Vietnam Memorial on the Riverwalk after which we walked south to see the autumn colors which finally arrived at Millennium Park.
All photos taken with a fish-eye lens and then defished at processing :-). And there aren’t any Bean pictures. As you can see above, the Bean was under a canopy since January of that year. The seams of the stainless steel panels that compose the outer shell of the Bean were being polished and they had to do it away from public view .. or something.
Here’s a photo of the Bean with the seams showing taken two months after it was unveiled.
Some say that they like the Bean better with the seams.
It didn’t have a name then, but clearly, because of its shape, it was called right away as The Bean. July 16 will mark the thirteenth year that The Bean would have been shown to the public. As you can see in the photos, the seams of the steel panels that make up the surface of the structure have not been polished yet. Several months after its first unveiling, The Bean was put under a canopy, with its North face shown to the public, to complete the polishing. The Bean was formally dedicated as Cloud Gate on May 15, 2006. It is designed by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor.
A buddy and I scheduled to photograph the sun setting over the lake from Indiana, but it was a little bit cloudy and chilly, so we decided to do indoor photography instead at the Chicago Cultural Center. That didn’t last long though. Both Preston Bradley Hall and Grand Army of the Republic Hall were occupied, so we decided to walk outside, in the cold. It wasn’t that bad.
We checked out Millennium Park, the Maggie Daley Park, the lakefront at the Adler Planetarium and finally, the lakefront at Montrose.
We did remarkably well. And one of my photos got explored on Flickr with over 150 faves! That seldom happens to me now.
Saturday’s walk in the loop was a quick one – Millennium Park, then the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. It was just too crowded anywhere to make good shots. Even making people shots were difficult because there were always people blocking my views. Or trying to get into the frame.
November 19, 2016. The plan was to take pictures of the skyline at the Adler Planetarium, but I got caught amid the throng of revelers waiting for the Lights Festival Parade on the Magnificent Mile to begin. I was contemplating on staying and photographing the parade BUT I got claustrophobic. With my right eye totally blind now, it has became quite difficult for me to navigate amid crowds.
So I got out of there, walked aimlessly west of the Mag Mile, then headed south to the loop and ended up in Millennium Park, my default photo place. Well, at least, I got to see the Christmas Tree that got lit up the day before.