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.
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?
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.