Thursday, July 31, 2008

I love Pudge

Pudge Rodriguez, my favorite catcher of all time, got traded from the Tigers to the Yankees yesterday. Not that it really affects my admiration of him one way or the other; it just provides me with an excuse to post pictures of him I took at a Cubs/Tigers game in June 2006. We had front-row seats, just behind first base. Can you tell?

Pudge suits up.
Pudge suits up


Pudge in position.
Pudge Rodriguez


Pudge watches the pop-up.
Pudge watching the pop-up


Pudge on his knees.
Pudge on his knees


Play in motion.
Cubs at bat

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Great Price on Holy Water

Holy Water for Sale

At the Mission San Xavier gift shop in Tucson.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Kris!

Happy Birthday to one of the most generous friends I have. May you have a wonderful day and an even better year, m'dear!

Dessert table 2


(The cakes are from my niece and nephew's bar mitzvahs, but the dessert table was so huge they probably still have some left over. Ha!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fun Slide at Ribfest

Fun Slide at Ribfest

You wanted to believe the ride name, but then you realized it was ninety degrees out, and that slide was dry and wicked hot and would probably take three layers of your skin off as you went down it. Even the little sacks they gave the kids to sit on didn't look like enough protection against the heat...ouch!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

From the archives

Butterly on banana

Taken at the Butterfly Garden at the Peggy Noteabart Nature Museum last summer. It's one of the first photos I took with my then-new Nikon D80.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

African Daisies, in all the stages of blooming

African Daisies

The first time I've seen a grouping in all the different stages of bloom. The curled-in petals are the last stage, and the wide-open traditional daisies on the bottom are the first.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

If I were a kid again

Construction paper chains

If I were a kid again I could go to camp and make construction paper chains and staple them to a paper plate and watch them swing in the summer breeze, instead of going to an office and staring out the windows longingly.

Although, who am I kidding? When I was a kid I liked to stay inside and curl up on the couch and read or watch TV and wait for my mom or grandmother to yell at me to go outside already and play in the sun while it was still nice out. I would do it better if I could do it again. I think. :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday, a week ago

Lake Michigan, overcast

Overlooking Lake Michigan from in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Enjoying the summer downtown

Oak Street Beach and Lake Shore Drive

Oak Street Beach and LSD

Even better in large.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Stormy Monday skyline

Downtown on a summer Monday morning is very different when it's raining.

Stormy Monday skyline II

Stormy Monday skyline

A splash of color
Rowboats waiting a-shore

This only happens when it rains: an empty Bean.
This only happens when it rains: an empty Bean

Closed for lunch
Closed for Lunch on account of rain

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Orange and Purple Coneflowers in Field

Orange and Purple coneflowers in a field

You won't believe where this was taken. Tune in tomorrow! :)

Monday, July 07, 2008

Tiffany dome restoration

They restored the Tiffany glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center recently, so when I had an hour to kill downtown today I made sure I went to see it. It's absolutely stunning.

Here is what it looked like before:
Cultural Center Rotunda

Here is what it looks like now:
Tiffany Dome restoration: Amazing.

Before:
Cultural Center rotunda close-up

After:
Tiffany Dome restoration: Glorious.

The details are astonishing. Look at the pinks and greens! The woodwork!
Tiffany Dome restoration: Details. Wow.

Tiffany Dome restoration: The frames were restored, too.

They removed the copper outer dome, too, so the light coming through is natural now. And what a light it is!
Tiffany Dome restoration: The light is amazing I

Tiffany Dome restoration: The light is amazing II

Amazing. I hope they do the other one too!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Fireworks, Midwestern-style

My sister and her family are visiting this week, so we all went to watch the fireworks last night. Instead of going to the main park in Glenview where they are held, we decided to go to the lookout in the park at Lake Glenview. It's not a big hill, but it's in the middle of what used to be a naval air base, so the land around it is especially flat and they aren't any mature trees around it. You can see for miles.

Which is exactly what we did. We watched the fireworks from all the surrounding towns -- we counted at least 20 different shows that we could see pretty well, and at least another half-dozen where it was just a faint blip on the horizon. At first we watched the ones south of us, maybe 10-15 miles away, and they didn't seem like much; I was afraid for about fifteen minutes that I had dragged my sister's family up there only to be disappointed and embarrassed. Then the sun finally went down all the way, and the ones along the North Shore began, bigger and louder. We could see five in a row, boom boom dazzle dazzle boom. Then six, then eight up the shoreline. At one point we thought we could see the Navy Pier show downtown; we used the blinking red light of the Sears Tower as our reference. Then Northbrook, the town immediately north of us, started, and it was huge and close and we were all captivated. We start turning around in every direction, pointing and oohing, as it seemed every town in the Chicago suburbs lit up the sky and we could see them all. Glenview began their show last, to the south of our lookout hill, and then we spun between it and Northbrook's, the two biggest and in opposite directions. It was so cool.

My husband declared it to be, "Fireworks, Midwestern-style." My sister and her husband laughed and agreed; the hills in Connecticut preclude anything like this happening.

Unfortunately for you, I didn't take any pictures, although I had my camera and my tripod with me. The hill actually got very crowded with people (there were none there last year when we drove by and belatedly realized it was the perfect viewing spot) and between all the no-see-um bugs swarming around us (they disappeared as soon as the sun fully set) and the people all along the hill, it was too crowded to set up the tripod, and then by the time the big ones came, it was too late. Besides, to really capture the expanse of the horizon, with three-six-oooh-there's-another displays all at once, I need a wide-angle lens. Maybe next year!

(If you really want to see some fireworks shots, here are the ones I took last year.)

Today we're heading down to Naperville for Ribfest. There's a big kid's carnival section, and of course a ton of ribs. YUM. I'm also considering ordering one of these:
Deep Fried Twinkies??

Do you think that will keep me on my Weight Watchers plan? ;-D

Friday, July 04, 2008

Glenview Fourth of July Parade

All taken this morning at the annual Glenview 4th of July parade. There are more in this set, but these are my favorites:

Red Flags
Glenview Fourth of July Parade: Red Flags

Minutemen
Glenview Fourth of July Parade: Minuteman

Drill Team in flight
Glenview Fourth of July Parade: Drill Team 1

If he didn't have a kilt on, I would have thought he snuck in.
Glenview Fourth of July Parade: Little Drummer Boy

Stilts Woman
Glenview Fourth of July Parade: Stilts Woman

Best Friend Girl Scouts
Glenview Fourth of July Parade: Girl Scouts

Bolivian Dancer
Glenview Fourth of July Parade: Bolivian Dancer 1

The End!
Glenview Fourth of July Parade: The End!


Fireworks tonight! They'll be posted tomorrow.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Gargoyle Fountain, Spring Edition

Remember this photo?

This is what it looks like in the spring.

Gargoyle Fountain, Spring

Taken at the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I am due for another visit soon!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Old Schoolin' It

Haven't done a flower post in a while, so here are some shots from the Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford IL.

Irises around the pond
Irises around the pond


Faces to the sun
Faces to the sun

A welcoming entrance
A welcoming entrance