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The Bean in Chicago

The public sculpture known as The Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park is probably one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The sculpture is made up of 168 seamless stainless steel plates which are highly polished, and it measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet. Because of its reflective properties it is a wildly popular place to photograph. I managed to capture the shot above as this young man was trying out various maneuvers while being photographed by a friend.

 

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Chicago from hotel

Over the Memorial Day weekend, my husband fulfilled a promise to my daughter to take her to Chicago to see a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. This was strategically planned so my husband could see his team, the SF Giants, play against the Chicago Cubs. Despite being the hottest Memorial Day on record, we ventured out to museums, took an architectural boat tour, visited Oak Park to view Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, and strolled through Millennium Park. One of my favorite views was from our hotel window in downtown Chicago. I loved seeing the combination of the modern architecture intermixed with the old.

impending Storm

This spring I traveled south to the University of Georgia campus in Griffin to attend a retirement party for my dear friend, Malgorzata. She was showered with flowers, gifts, balloons and of course, well wishes.  I managed to capture this shot as a couple of graduate students were loading up Malgorzata’s car.

Aquarium-1

Yesterday, the Atlanta Aquarium opened their doors two hours early to host a sensory friendly event for those living with autism. This coincided with Autism Awareness Month. Many individuals living with autism are particularly sensitive to loud noises, bright lights and large crowds. I expected the Aquarium to be less crowded than usual but it was packed with families and lots of young children, which speaks to the prevalence of the disorder. Despite the crowds, the magic of these underwater scenes captivated even the youngest of those present.

Tree Lot

There is something magical about a Christmas tree lot at night, all lit up, with the trees lined up in neat rows. This holiday season a tree lot sprung up in Oakhurst Village, just a couple blocks from my home. In the evenings when I would drive past it I would think about returning with my camera. The atmosphere never seemed right until the night the fog rolled in. I dug deep into the back of my closet for my tripod and headed out. The image above was captured when two cars traveling the opposite direction happened to pass through my frame at the same time.

Wishing  you and your family a beautiful holiday season and may the New Year bring you the gifts of peace, hope, and joy.