Big cities, small towns, interesting places and oddities photographed with a smartphone. There are some fishing photos as well.
This is funny now but unfortunately not to everyone. And at the same time, it is also sad. Some day this will be funny to everyone. Summer of 2020.
June 27, 2020
After 17 years undeground, a cicada nymph emerged to undergo molting process and transition to an adult cicada to breed. It climbed a fern leaf and shed its exoskeleton. The exoskeleton called "exuviae". #BroodIX
June 03, 2020
The insects spend the majority of their lives underground, in a nymph state. The emergence time is different for different species but the nymphs of this species emerge from the ground in the spring of the 17th year and transition to mature cicadas, ready to breed.
The 17-year life cycle of this periodical cicada species makes it one of the longest-lived insects. #BroodIX
June 03, 2020
The reduction in passenger traffic due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) left train cars vacant on the usually full trains on the bounds to Chicago.
March 16, 2020
Posters painted on the wall next to Woodstock's movie theater. One of them
resembles the theatrical release poster of the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day", which was mostly filmed here in Woodstock and it reads, "Home of the Groundhog Day the Movie".
September 17, 2019
These are considered living fossils - they first appeared some 450 million years ago. Also, horseshoe crabs are not true crabs - they are more closely related to spiders, ticks, and scorpions than to crabs.
September 16, 2019
A welcoming sign I really liked.
August 30, 2019
Fragment of decoration with unusual style for a restaurant.
May 09, 2019
Welcome to the midwest where the weather is made up and the seasons don't matter.
April 14, 2019
This was the first time I saw the Chicago River completely frozen. The ice was broken by an ice breaker boat but the breach froze over again.
February 01, 2019
A window display at Christkindlmarket with rusty tools, bolts, and screws which are actually chocolates. #christkindlmarket
December 18, 2018
Vendors’ booths in front of "The Chicago Picasso" at the annual Christmas market called Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. #thechicagopicasso
December 18, 2018
Unusual pink pumpkins with stiffened growths laying by the Home Depot entrance.
September 20, 2018
Hidden bystreets and alleys of Chicago let avoid the foot traffic on the way to the train station.
August 09, 2018
Ok, maybe the title shouldn't be so breaking-news-like and maybe now this doesn't look like a big deal but it was much more exciting sitting in the first car right after the engine when a loud bang pierced the relative quietness (most of the loud people usually get off the train a couple of stops earlier). Judging by the noise, the amount of leaves and wood chips that shot past the windows of the car - what you see stuck to the cowcatcher* is only a small part of what we hit.
* Cowcatcher ( the pilot, cattle catcher) - is the front part of a train that supposed to deflect foreign objects on the track and prevent derailing.
August 06, 2018
An untitled 15.2 meter (50 feet) monumental sculpture referred to as "The Chicago Picasso" or just "The Picasso".
The final model of the sculpture was completed in 1966 by Pablo Picasso and the statue was dedicated on August 15, 1967, in Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop. Chicago, Illinois. #thechicagopicasso
July 03, 2018
Besides beautiful beaches, like the Princess Beach, Santa Rosa Island offers good fishing. I've added a dozen new species to my list after just a few fishing sessions.
May 04, 2018
Beautiful white sand, crystal clear water, and lots of personal space.
Now the confusing part. The Princess Beach is located on Okaloosa Island which is not the name of the whole island but a part of Santa Rosa Island - a 40-mile (64 km) so-called barrier island.
May 01, 2018
#littlewasleft of 110 N Upper Wacker Drive - former headquarters of General Growth Properties Inc.
March 19, 2018
I was driving home and saw this unusual expression of love - a heart-shaped sign along the road.
March 18, 2018
It was cold in Chicago at the end of December so that the Chicago River gave off steam. It was an unusual scene for me and I took a picture.
The photo came out less impressive than the actual scenery and I decided to not post it. But in a few weeks demolition of the building in the background had started, by mid-March #littlewasleft, and now it is completely gone.
I've learned that this five stories tall building was the headquarters of General Growth Properties Inc. (110 N Upper Wacker Drive). It should be replaced by a modern riverfront tower. Let's see.
December 26, 2017
The building was designed so its extending outward windows provide a wider view from inside and the cut angle of its southern side minimizes obstructions to the nearby buildings.
October 03, 2017