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Mural of Murray

Mural of Murray

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".

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September 17, 2019
Breakfasts in the American Midwest
Juvenile Atlantic Horseshoe Crab

Juvenile Atlantic Horseshoe Crab

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.

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September 16, 2019
Go Away

Go Away

A welcoming sign I really liked.

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August 30, 2019
Mid-April in the Midwest

Mid-April in the Midwest

Welcome to the midwest where the weather is made up and the seasons don't matter.

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April 14, 2019
Polar Vortex 2019 - Chicago River Froze in Record Cold

Polar Vortex 2019 - Chicago River Froze in Record Cold

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.

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February 01, 2019
These Rusty Tools are Actually Made of Chocolate

These Rusty Tools are Actually Made of Chocolate

A window display at Christkindlmarket with rusty tools, bolts, and screws which are actually chocolates. #christkindlmarket

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December 18, 2018
Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza

Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza

Vendors’ booths in front of "The Chicago Picasso" at the annual Christmas market called Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. #thechicagopicasso

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December 18, 2018
Odd-looking Pumpkins at the Home Depot

Odd-looking Pumpkins at the Home Depot

Unusual pink pumpkins with stiffened growths laying by the Home Depot entrance.

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September 20, 2018
Back Alleys of Chicago

Back Alleys of Chicago

Hidden bystreets and alleys of Chicago let avoid the foot traffic on the way to the train station.

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August 09, 2018
Union Pacific Northwest Train Hits a Tree on Tracks

Union Pacific Northwest Train Hits a Tree on Tracks

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.

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August 06, 2018
The Chicago Picasso, 2018

The Chicago Picasso, 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

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July 03, 2018
Fishing on Santa Rosa Island, Florida

Fishing on Santa Rosa Island, Florida

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.

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May 04, 2018
Princess Beach on Santa Rosa Island, Florida

Princess Beach on Santa Rosa Island, Florida

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.

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May 01, 2018
Remains of 110 N Upper Wacker Drive

Remains of 110 N Upper Wacker Drive

#littlewasleft of 110 N Upper Wacker Drive - former headquarters of General Growth Properties Inc.

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March 19, 2018
You Are Amazing, Babe!

You Are Amazing, Babe!

I was driving home and saw this unusual expression of love - a heart-shaped sign along the road.

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March 18, 2018
Chicago's South Side in Winter
Smoke on the Water & the Non-Existent Building

Smoke on the Water & the Non-Existent Building

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.

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December 26, 2017
Low Clouds Over Gloomy Chicago
Side of the Three First National Plaza

Side of the Three First National Plaza

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.

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October 03, 2017
View of Millennium Park

View of Millennium Park

View of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan shoreline, Chicago, IL.

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September 19, 2017
A Skyscraper

A Skyscraper

Buildings of downtown Chicago with Chicago's second-tallest building - Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, IL.

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September 19, 2017
Nebraska Zephyr - EMD E5 Locomotive

Nebraska Zephyr - EMD E5 Locomotive

One can take a ride on the Nebraska Zephyr, which operated from 1947 to 1971 and now the only surviving EMD E5, an A1A-A1A passenger train-hauling diesel locomotive. Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Around the IRM on a Streetcar

Around the IRM on a Streetcar

Or hop on a tram (or streetcar or trolley car) and go around the campus of the Illinois Railway Museum. Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Rotary Snowplow at the IRM

Rotary Snowplow at the IRM

Among the exhibits of the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) is railroad snow removal equipment. There are giant wedge plows and oddly looking rotary snowplows, like this one. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017