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.
One of the many American Giants - a Muffler Man located in Crystal Lake, Ilinois.
Now in short about Muffler Men. They are giant fiberglass sculptures used as "attention grabbers". Many of these figures were used to promote various roadside businesses and often would hold real merchandise, like full-sized car mufflers, which, as I understand, was the reason for the Muffler Men nickname.
The figures are usually 18–25 feet (5.5-7.6 meters) tall. Muffler Men were a popular roadside decoration in 60's and 70's mainly in the United States.
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.
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.
After the long drive, we arrived at the campground but there was not much ground to stand on.
Later I met a woman who told me that the evening before there was a heavy rain. She hid from it in her camper until the morning and woke up to discover that the belongings she left around the camper were either underwater or gone. Someone's things were floating around. The next two days people had to move through the water.
Heavy rain caused the campground's pond to overflow. Mexico Beach, Florida.