Yesterday…

…I had to make a short trip to the Evanston Home Depot to get some extra stain-blocking primer for my living area walls and ceiling.

That wonderful store is only about four miles away (two different buses), but I decided to first overshoot it by a quarter mile and see what the Skokie Northshore Channel looks like during these last few days of Summer.

Have a look!

It was a gray, somewhat windy-but-warm morning, the rippling water making splendid reflections of the trees along the banks.

It was a gray, somewhat windy-but-warm morning, the rippling water making splendid reflections of the trees along the banks.

 

I took more than a dozen shots as I slowly walked across the bridge with a stiff west wind at my back.

I took more than a dozen shots as I slowly walked across the bridge with a stiff west wind at my back.

 

A final shot, so abstract, yet so satisfying that I continued walking the several blocks, pausing every now and then to be very thankful for the beauty around us!

A final shot, so abstract, yet so satisfying that I continued walking the several blocks, pausing every now and then to be very thankful for the beauty around us!

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Yesterday…

…while walking up Van Buren Street to the Harold Washington Library, I noticed this odd reflection in the back window of an SUV:

I love the distortion of the building on the northwest corner of Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue...it wasn't really falling over!

I love the distortion of the building on the northwest corner of Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue…it wasn’t really falling over!

Just a few steps later, I saw this plaque:

I've walked by this building so many times, yet never took a shot.

I’ve walked by this building so many times, yet never took a shot.

Here’s a look up at The Buckingham facade, with the CNA Insurance building reflected in its windows:

I always like 'wavy glass'!

I always like ‘wavy glass’!

The CNA Center, at the northeast corner of Van Buren and Wabash Streets, is 600 feet tall with 44 stories…I got a little dizzy looking up to take some shots!

Some years back, a woman was killed when one of the panes of glass quite high up dislodged from its frame and fell directly on her...all windows were repaired while the building was surrounded with scaffolding for a lengthy amount of time.

Some years back, a woman was killed when one of the panes of glass quite high up dislodged from its frame and fell directly on her…all windows were repaired while the building was surrounded with scaffolding for a lengthy amount of time.

After I finished at the library, I walked up to Madison and Dearborn Streets to pay my phone bill.

Just across Van Buren stands the Chase Bank Tower, but I haven’t processed those shots yet because…

...to the south of Chase is the Exelon Plaza, with this fabulous fountain surrounded by all the downtown-types having luncheon.

…to the south of Chase Bank Tower is the Exelon Plaza, with this fabulous fountain surrounded by all the downtown-types having luncheon.

Here’s a closer-up shot in color:

It was a glorious day to dine al fresco, but I didn't, as I had quite another reason for being there!

It was a glorious day to dine al fresco, but I didn’t, as I had quite another reason for being there!

(to be continued)

While walking home…

…from the grocer the other, I happened upon this signpost which I realized I’d never shown here before.

It’s just less than a block from where I live, and it brings back so many childhood memories, because this was the very first children’s program I viewed when my Dad bought our first television in 1950–“Kukla, Fran and Ollie”!

Please, take a moment to read…this TV program gave me and my brothers many hours of great entertainment!

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To think, he gave puppet shows from his apartment window!

Now, I’ve passed this building many, many times, always admiring it for having that ‘certain something’…I just really like the look of it, so I began photographing it in relation to the information re: Mr. Burt Tillstrom.

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I figured that this had to have been the puppet show window, as I could envision the neighborhood kids gathering on the lawn below, enjoying themselves on a war Summer evening.

I figured that this had to have been the puppet show window, as I could envision the neighborhood kids gathering on the lawn below, enjoying themselves on a war Summer evening.

I was about to walk away when I noticed a plaque to the right of that window.

I walked right over the lawn to take a shot, thinking it was a typical ‘management’ sign–but NO!

To my surprise, it not only signified the name of the building, but also the architect!

Are you as surprised as I?

Are you as surprised as I?

As I recall from viewing a DVD on Mr. Wright’s life recently, he was really scrambling for money in 1918, so perhaps he took this commission ‘for the bucks’, diverging from his normal-for-that-time Prairie style architecture!

As I said, the building has that ‘certain something’, but I hadn’t realized it was THAT ‘certain something’!

Yesterday’s ‘first day of Summer’ weather…

…was a bummer!

Look closely at these two images, taken at 1:20 PM (CDT), and you’ll see how the rains distorted the Farcroft building a block and a half to the north.

No Photoshopping here, it was just that dark and gloomy!

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Looking down to the parking lot wasn’t very inspiring either!

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I’ve been feeling in a kind of funk the past few days, so I went out earlier and walked over to the lake.

Boring!

I did find a few flowers along the way, which need to be processed–ho hum, more flower shots!

Then I captured an image which best-describes my mood:

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Perfect!

A reflection in a puddle…nice and dark and dreary!

I think I’ll slow down a bit, and post every other day or so…until the adrenaline begins to flow again!

Sure signs…

…that it truly is Spring, even if today was cold, windy, and extremely ugly!

Leaf buds, reflected on a car's rear window

Leaf buds, reflected on a car’s rear window

Looking up toward the clouds, there are more leaf buds!

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Here’s a closer look!

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Another sure sign?

The lilac bushes at the corner have begun to set leaves...

The lilac bushes at the corner have begun to set leaves…

...and the Spring rains will hopefully assure us of wonderful amounts of sweet-smelling lilacs this year!

…and the Spring rains will hopefully assure us of wonderful amounts of sweet-smelling lilacs this year!

Hopefully!?!