Oldies but Goodies

I was just doing some year end housecleaning and ran across these two photos that I had previously sent to friends. Thought they looked good enough to share with you.

The first was a spectucular December morning.

Awesome array of colors

Awesome array of colors

The second was a photo I took one morning walking the dog. The sun hadn’t quite risen yet and there was one of those magical morning lights going on.

This is in Lakeshore East Park looking west

This is in Lakeshore East Park looking west around sunrise. The sun is coming up behind me.

Happy holidays, all!

Tony

Thanks to ALL of You!!!

I started this blog on the first of September expecting to do a couple of dozen posts a year.

Somehow, three months later I am past 75 already. Haven’t a clue how that happened as I am still writing the One Regular Guy Writing About Food, Exercise and Living Longer one, too.

Likeable Blog Award

Likeable Blog Award

Anyway, thanks to each and every one of you for reading these little posts and taking the time to click like. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Tony

Fallen Cloud

I was riding late yesterday afternoon going north on a familiar patch of path just above the Museum Campus when I saw this. It was just starting to hail and I was hurrying back home because I wasn’t sure how bad it would be getting. But, when I saw this I had to stop and take a picture to show you.

I have passed this sculpture hundreds of times and never thought much about it. Yesterday, though, with the clouds behind it from that particular angle, it just hit me that it looked like one of the clouds had fallen.

cloud

 

Here is the nameplate. The actual title is Expanding Universe.

This is the nameplate for the sculpture.

This is the nameplate for the sculpture.

It certainly left me with a cushiony impression that mimicked the clouds behind it.

Tony

Chicago Lakefront Sculpture – Nautilus

Besides the wonderful sunrises, wildlife and skyline, Chicago has also dotted the lakefront with various forms of art. One of my favorites is Nautilus by Suzanne Horwitz. I have zero art education. As with music I just know what I like.

The sun really brings it to life

Here is Nautilus. I think it is magnificent. I see it every day. There is a feeling of strength about it that I love. It looks to me like it rose up out of the ground by its own power. It also looks like one of nature’ s perfect forms, like a cloud or a flower. It’s surface appears to be brushed aluminum. Lastly, unlike every other piece of sculpture on the lakefront, it doesn’t look manufactured, it strikes me as organic like it just burst through the ground right there.

Here is Nautilus from a distance.

Yesterday while riding by, I encountered a woman who seemed to be polishing it. I stopped and actually met Suzanne Horwitz, the artist, who was there putting on a coat of polish before Chicago’s winter struck with its snow, ice and rock salt.

She said she enjoyed coming down to the lakefront and hearing reactions to Nautilus. She named it Nautilus because there is a feeling of the sea about it.

The artist polishing Nautilus

Her bio says, “Horwitz’s sculpture won recognition at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey. Her work is represented in the corporate collections of The Options Clearing Corporation in Chicago and Goldman Sachs in New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.”

You can see more of her wonderful work at her website.

Enjoy!

Tony

Foggy Morning on Chicago Lakefront

Yesterday’s storms were followed by fog this morning. As a cyclist I like fog because there is never a wind with a fog, so riding is always comfortable. It also made for same fascinating photos. Click on any photo to see full size.

This is DuSable Harbor facing south.

I shot the second photo a bit farther down the bike path. The lights in the distance are Monroe Harbor.

Monroe Harbor from the bike path.

Next is a short bike ride down to actually be in Monroe Harbor.

Monroe Harbor up close.

The final shot is farther south still of the Shedd Aquarium ringed by lights.

Shedd Aquarium ringed by lights.

These were all shot in the first light of day. I absolutely love the appearance of electric lights at this time.

Tony

Marshmallow Clouds over Chicago

Today was just amazing as far as the clouds go. I will have to remember this as it might be a fall phenomenon. I shot all of these an a 25 mile bike ride on the lakefront bike path this morning. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed seeing and photographing them. (Click on any photo to see it full size.)

This is looking south on the bike path. I was fascinated by the light off the buildings, too.

Here we have some of the marshmallow clouds a little south of the first pic.

I rode a little farther and shot this one. Nice selection of clouds with the skyline below and Lake Michigan in the foreground.

This was from a farther south vantage point looking north. I like the cloud activity over the buildings.

I am still getting the hang of shooting photos with my iPhone 5. I have to rmeember to shoot pans more often.

Tony