Christmas Eve: Return to Rogers Avenue

Finding the energy to walk back over was a bit difficult, but I so wanted to see those glittery deer lit…determination won out! I bundled up and walked the three-quarters of a mile, taking many other images along the way, and when I arrived, the lovely deer were not lit! Aaargh!

Disappointed, I walked over to Howard Street, which was surprisingly quiet (wish it could always be so quiet!), and found just a few interesting spots to shoot. Carrying the tripod was cumbersome; I had to keep removing it from a shoulder bag, so I took off the camera and did some hand-helds…hard to do in low light, but they came out well.

Deciding to return home (I was freezing!), I began to walk back another route until that ‘little voice’ said, “No, go check once more!”, and I did.

Here are the results, which I thought were lovely!

Too bad the second, tiniest fawn, right below the doe's front feet, wasn't lit, too!

Too bad the second, tiniest fawn, right below the doe’s front feet, wasn’t lit, too!

The tree with ornaments picked up some street light (Ugh, sodium vapor!) and the lovely deepening blue of twilight!

The tree with ornaments picked up some street light (Ugh, sodium vapor!) and the lovely deepening blue of twilight!

Since I was there the other day, the owners added a playmate for the deer and some extra lights!

Pretty cute, huh?

Rogers Avenue Return-3But…it all would have looked much more ‘seasonal’ with a bit of an addition–SNOW!  So I created some, if only to get my wish for a White Christmas!

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On the Magnificent Mile: III

The Entrance to Tiffany' on Michigan Avenue

The Entrance to Tiffany’ on Michigan Avenue

The following windows at Tiffany’s are small, only about eighteen inches wide by less than twenty-four inches high…every little ‘set piece’ has been carefully crafted in miniature…keep that in mind as you view this marvelous Christmas window display!

A beautiful tree, a curving staircase (carpeted!) and lovely baubles under the tree!

A beautiful tree, a curving staircase (carpeted!) and lovely baubles under the tree!  Oh, Santa, Baby!

A comfy chaise longue, crystal chandelier, wonderful view of the Chicago skyline and glistening rings which just happen to be left on the chaise!

A comfy chaise longue, crystal chandelier, wonderful view of the Chicago skyline and glistening rings which just happen to be left on the chaise!

Snow-covered branches, amazing stonework, a couple in silhouette under the mistletoe and a fabulous engagement ring!  I think she said, "Yes!"

Snow-covered branches, amazing stonework, a couple in silhouette under the mistletoe and a fabulous engagement ring! I think she said, “Yes!”

Snowy steps, a warm and inviting glow from indoors, a door cracked open and a necklace, earrings and a ring left on the steps as a surprise for her...think she rushed in to thank him?  I do, and I would, too!

Snowy steps, a warm and inviting glow from indoors, a door cracked open and a necklace, earrings and a ring so casually left on the steps as a surprise for her…think she rushed in to thank him? I do…and I would, too!