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.
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.
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.
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.