Throwback – A short walk in Millennium Park 12 Years Ago Today


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.

Throw Back: The Bean on Its First Day, July 16, 2004


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.

Chicago Zombie March 2017


There were just a few zombies this year, probably less than 50, and most of them are the same people from the past two years. Not very diverse. The zombies are dying!!!

Chilly February Walk, February 24, 2017


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.

No Particular Place to Go* Walk – February 19, 2017


I woke up, did my laundry, felt antsy and so I hopped on the bus with no particular place to go … and ended up in Navy Pier.

* Song I kept on playing on my iPhone (George Thorogood version) while doing the walk :-).

Birthday Walk In My Favorite Place

After brunch at Zed451 with dear friends John and Lynn (who was also celebrating her birthday), I set out to walk in my favorite subject, Millennium Park.

It is still a magical place for me.

Platinum Walk

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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.

So I went home.

Saturday Evening Walk

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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.