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.
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
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.
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.
Harmilda - a life-sized fiberglass statue - is a mascot of the town of Harvard, Illinois, and the symbol of the town's annual Milk Day festival. Her name is derived from the name of the festival (HArvard MILk DAys).
Harmilda was given as a gift by Robert Jones of Jones Packing Co. in 1966 and resides at the Five Points since then.
My mother knitted these pouches for the last Easter as an egg decorating experiment. The experiment was a success - the eggs look festive, the "decoration" can be applied in a wink and can be used over for every holiday. Furthermore, these knitted egg pouches make a perfect Easter gift. Happy Easter!
Dead Horse Bay is a small saltmarsh on the southern side of Brooklyn. In the 19th century, the marsh was a site with animal processing plants to where carcasses of dead horses and other animals were brought to be processed into glue and fertilizer. The remains were dumped into the water. This explains how the Dead Horse Bay got its name.
Horses were replaced by automobiles, and until 1930's, the marsh of Dead Horse Bay was used as a New York city's landfill. Since around 1950's the garbage dump started to erode and all the treasures are now spilling out for everyone to see. More #deadhorsebay photos.
Sleepwalker - a realistic sculpture by Tony Matelli of a somnambulant man roaming about in a deep sleep.
While I was photographing, many people were confusing it for a "living statue" performer. One man even put money by the statue and a high-line worker had to explain to him that this was a statue and wouldn't have any use for his money. Everyone laughed.
This is a part of the Irish Hunger Memorial, dedicated to the Great Irish Famine. These ruins, which reside amid skyscrapers, is a reconstruction of an authentic Irish cottage. Stones, soil, and vegetation brought from Ireland. The memorial is located in the Battery Park City neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Built in 2002.
Scandinavian Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, Josiah McElheny, 2005.
Hand-blown mirrored glass objects, transparent and industrial mirror, chrome, metal, wood, electric lighting.
Pottery, painted. New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III (circa 1390-1352 B.C.E.) or Akhenaten (circa 1352-1336 B.C.E.). The fish represented is the perch or bolti (Tilapia nilotica), a creature that attracted the attention of the ancient Egyptians by its breeding habits. When bolti eggs have been deposited and fertilized, the female draws them into her mouth and keeps them there until they hatch. The Egyptians came to view the bolti as an animal capable of spontaneous generation and thus as a symbol of resurrection and rebirth.