From my window: A year ago, yesterday…

…this was the view…ah, Spring!

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From roughly the same angles, these show my little world on this very, very cold second day of Spring:

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So disappointing, as not a bud or tiny, emerging leaf can be seen anywhere!

But…the major shock of the morning was at the legendary Emil Bach House tulip garden, where a few posts ago, I presented the first tulip sprouts coming along nicely…when I stopped by to check there growth, I found not a tulip in sight!

Apparently, they’ve all been dug out!

The northern half of the garden

The northern half of the garden

The southern half

The southern half

At first I thought it was my eyes, because I WAS really tired and didn’t want to be out walking in the cold!

But…NO!

Little ‘dug out’ spots show all the tulips been removed, meaning no spectacular display this year.

There is an awful lot of work to be done at the Emil Bach House, including installing a geothermal heating system–lots of digging around involved with that, and I give the owner much credit for the upgrade on this lovely piece of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture–they are doing it right!

But I sure will miss that large plot so full of tulips–one of my favorite Spring flowers!

 

Post number 1,000!

Oooh, I’ve come a long way, baby!

It’s been about sixteen and a half months since I joined WordPress and though I haven’t calculated how many images are contained in these first thousand posts, let’s just say it has to be somewhat over two or even three thousand, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking and processing each and every one, presenting you with my best efforts!

In this post, I will show you some images I’ve been saving…I took them on November 2, 2012, when I went downtown to vote early (but I did not vote often, as some do here in Chicago!).  My location was the southwest corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets.  The large glass building houses CBS Television Studios, and is just across Dearborn Street from the Richard J. Daley Center and Daley Plaza.

I hope you enjoy “LOOP REFLECTIONS–or, Into the Glass…Brightly”!

The old reflected in the new, looking toward the east on Washington Street

The old reflected in the new, looking toward the east on Washington Street

 

The Richard J. Daley Center, reflected in the tinted glass windows of the CBS television headquarters and studios

The Richard J. Daley Center, reflected in the wavy tinted glass windows of the CBS Television headquarters and studios

 

Buildings south of Washington Street in Chicago's Loop, reflected in the south windows of the CBS building

Buildings south of Washington Street in Chicago’s Loop, reflected in the south windows of the CBS building

 

The Cook County/Chicago City Hall building (on the left) and the City of Chicago flag and other building, reflected in the west windows of the CBS building

The Cook County/Chicago City Hall building (on the left) and the City of Chicago flag and other building, reflected in the west windows of the CBS building

After such a ‘scary health’ year, I feel I am very blessed to be able to continue this blog; because I can no longer drink alcohol, I’ll raise a glass of imported Italian blood orange soda (Oh, YUM!) to YOUall my 165 followers–who have kept me going and given me the drive and energy to make it through these rough months!

You make me happy…and I am more fit than I’ve been in many years, because I walk about so many places here in Chicago, in order to present the beauty which can be found when we choose to search for it!

Here’s to YOU, and the next thousand posts!

Undercover: The Emil Bach House Gardens

A daylily, still gorgeus though its time ended months ago

One of many Daylilies, gorgeously graceful, though its bloom-time ended months ago

A fern in the parkway, settled in for its long, winter nap

A Fern in the parkway, settled in for its long, winter nap

The once-brilliant yellow marigolds, still fighting to supply a mellow gold in the landscape

The once-brilliant yellow Marigolds, still fighting to supply a mellow gold in the whitened landscape

One of the silvery Cinerarias in the front planter, still standing tall in the face of cold winter winds

One of the silvery Cinerarias in the front planter, standing tall in the face of cold winter winds

I’ve been told the gardens will be kept up, though Jane has retired and moved to Idaho.  A young man named Bill, who I met late the other afternoon, has been overseeing the rehabbing both here at Bach House AND behind it, at the Farcroft, which I’ve shown you many times before.

Also…some very good news!:  the now-boarded windows of this Frank Lloyd Wright design (c. 1915) SHALL be replaced, with true reproductions of Mr. Wright’s original stained glass designs…oh, I cannot wait to see them!

2013 shall prove to be very exciting for this neighborhood!  I hope I will be allowed to do some photography inside, as Bill took my card and said he felt photography is an important part of a home’s decor!

Someone obviously took the advice…

…from the previous post, and decided to “Sleep late tomorrow.”–while smoking in bed!!!

THIS is the result…an hour of my life. and the lives of residents of 101 other apartments, which we’ll never get back…all because some jerk thought they were being “COOL”!

Not just TWO Chicago Fire Department trucks...

Not just TWO Chicago Fire Department trucks…

..but a THIRD and a FOURTH...

..but a THIRD and a FOURTH

AND a FIFTH came...

AND a FIFTH responded…

...in addition to the Battalion Chief, an ambulance beyond his vehicle...

…in addition to the Battalion Chief; also, an ambulance was at the ready, up the street just beyond his vehicle…

and several Chicago Police Department squads...traffic was rerouted for a block in each direction!

…and several Chicago Police Department squads…traffic was rerouted for a block in each direction!

CFD even raised  their ladder up the front of the building...something I've never seen in my almost six years of living here!

CFD even extended their ladder up the front of the building…something I’ve never seen in my almost six years of living here!

If I sound a bit angry, it’s because of the stupidity of fools like this negligent tenant, who endangered not only their own life, but the lives of several hundred others!

I truly feel they should be evicted after such a stupid transgression…we’ll see.

Needless to say, the CFD responded within minutes, as did the CPD!  These men and women serve us unceasingly…and, here in Chicago, many treat them as “dirt”until it’s a fire or shooting and they become affected directly!

Wherever you live, if you have an experience similar to this, or worse, take the time to “THANK” these first responders…your LIFE may depend upon their quick actions!

It is nice to note, though, that one of the CPD trucks was decorated for the holidays…demonstrating that firefighters are ALSO human beings!

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