Rare Chicago Skyline Photo

You are looking at a view of the Chicago skyline that very few people who live in Chicago have ever seen. I shot it on a bike ride this morning from behind the Adler Planetarium. Most folks who live here don’t even know you can get behind the Planetarium let alone see the skyline from it.

Behind the Adler Planetarium.

This shot also shows the path that circles the Planetarium. I ride my bike on it regularly.



Overcast Morning Just Before Sunrise

This is what the sky looked like facing southeast this morning just before sunrise. The lights in the distance are the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. The dark clouds overhead hint at the turmoil in the air from Frankenstorm Sandy approaching the East Coast. Wind gusts hit to 30 miles per hour on my morning bike ride.

An awesome look at nature.


Lakefront Leaf Mosaic

This is really funny. Most days I stretch out my quads after riding 10 to 15 miles. One of my favorite places to stretch is at the Doane Observatory behind the Adler Planetarium. There are some nice fence bars there to hold on to while I stretch. The funny part is that I never noticed till this morning that the leaf coloring was magnificent. I was so busy stretching the concentrating on breathing deeply that I couldn’t see the woods for the trees. Or, in this case I guess I couldn’t see the leaves for the eaves.

I park the bike here and support myself on the fence to the left while stretching.

Here are the leaves which are right in front of my face while I stretch.

Amazing array of colors, no?


Dramatic Clouds Over Lake Michigan

Here are two photos I shot on a recent bike ride. The view is looking south from the Adler Planetarium toward Indiana. Click on either photo to see full size.


This was shot with the regular iPhone lens

The following photo was shot using the iPhone panorama feature.

This is another iPhone 5 panorama shot.

I thought it was interesting how dramatic the panorama shot makes this scene.


Lake Michigan Panorama

I am fortunate to live in a high rise building overlooking Lake Michigan. Regular readers have already seen a number of sunrises I have shot looking out my window in the morning.

Herewith my first panorama of Lake Michigan from my window with my new iPhone. I don’t know about you, but I am blown away by the technology that we carry around in our pockets these days. I still can’t get over the fact that the GPS device in my car knows where I am on Planet Earth within about 10 feet.

On the extreme left if Navy Pier and on the extreme right the Adler Planetarium (Click on photo for full size)