Look Up: Inside the Bean

Back in October of 2009 when M and I spent some time in Chicago, I took a boat load of pictures of The Cloud Gate sculpture (called The Bean by locals) which is located in Millennium Park.  The Look Up theme has given me a chance to display one or two of them.  This photo was taken inside the bean, looking up.  I’m the one in pink.

This photo was also taken from a “look up” perspective in that I was pointing up in order to capture the flare of sunlight on the top.

In other (exciting) news…

I have a new camera!  Yay!  I think it’s going to take a few days for the camera and I to adjust to each other so it may be a while before anything new shows up here at the blog.

For those inquiring minds that want to know, I went with the newest Kodak (the Z981).  I’ve had good results with my old Kodak and this suited my budget and my current needs (with a better zoom and the ability to shoot in RAW format).  After much thought I decided I didn’t want to go with high-end, expensive equipment.  I’d spend too much time worrying about losing it, having it stolen, breaking it, etc.


Blue sky day

(Sailboat on Lake Michigan and the end of Navy Pier. Photo © 2009 by Robin)

The sun is shining on Chicago today.  It’s a glorious day with lovely blue skies and just the hint of the usual wind that blows through this city.

(149:  View from the Shedd Aquarium.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

M and I were up early and went for a long walk.  We took a bus down to the Adler Planetarium to get some shots of the city skyline and took our time walking back to the hotel from there.  I think were out and about for about 2-1/2 hours.

(Sears Tower and other buildings from the lakeshore.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Part of our walk took us through Grant Park and Millennium Park.  We took our time going through Millennium Park so we could have a look at some of the sculptures that we missed during our first stroll through the park.

(Zaha Hadid pavilion and security guard.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

We had to see the Bean, of course (along with hundreds of other tourists).

(The Cloud Gate.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

The official name is the Cloud Gate, but it has been nicknamed The Bean because of its legume-like shape.

Last night we had dinner at Zocalo.  The food was excellent and they have a very nice selection of sipping tequilas.  The prices are reasonable as well.  If you’re in the mood for Mexican food (and/or tequila) while in Chicago, I highly recommend Zocalo.  (A big thanks to D for suggesting the place!)

As soon as I finish here I will end my afternoon break.  I think I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon just wandering around, taking pictures, and people watching.  We’ll be joining friends later this evening for Thai food.  One of the great things about this city (most cities, in my experience) is all the delicious food to be sampled and enjoyed.


Haunted Head

(142:  Haunted head. Valley Forge, PA.)

The music.   <– Click on that.

And thanks to Kel for the suggestion that led to the inspiration.  🙂


Hidden away

(045:  Sculptures hiding in the weeds.  Akron, Ohio.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

You can find sculptures like this hidden away amongst the weeds along the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail in Akron.  I’m not sure who put them there or why.  Perhaps it was part of the trail (re)construction.

The spiral stairs are up and went up with almost no stress thanks to the extra pair of hands on the friend who stopped by to help.  I’m grateful for his help.  I didn’t have to do much at all since the two guys had everything pretty much under control.  I’m not sure it would have went as well or as smoothly if it had been just M and I doing it on our own.  For one thing, the friend is taller than either of us and that was a definite plus in dealing with the tallness of the stairs.

There is still some work to be done on the stairs, held up due to a need to contact the company.  One piece had a bad weld and fell apart.  Another piece was cut wrong and won’t fit.  We’ll have to get those replaced.  But the main staircase is up.  The pieces we need to replace are part of the railing and balusters.

M and I went to the Old European Days festival at a local park yesterday evening.  I think it should have been called the German Summer Festival or Practice for Oktoberfest since it was held at the German Family Society park, included traditional German dancing by people in traditional German costumes and traditional German foods and beer.  I ate far too much food, having ordered the German dinner plate which consists of lots of meats and heaping helpings of sauerkraut and German potato salad.  The only food choices, by the way, were German.

I don’t think I’ll need to eat again for a few weeks.  My stomach is still pretty unhappy with me this morning.  No wonder gluttony was considered by some to be one of the seven deadly sins.