We still get lovely sunsets here on the western edge of Zionsville overlooking the highway and the Toyota dealership. Lately, they’ve been more subtle than striking. Here are all of the ones I photographed since last time I shared these. See my sunsets tag for more.
Over the years as my wife and I have made our occasional trips to Chicago, I’ve used Google Maps to try to find good rates on hotels in the Loop. In Millennium Park, something large on the ground always reminds me of a pineapple.
It’s the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell. On the first night of this trip, we saw the Grant Park Orchestra play three popular selections here. The concert was free if you wanted to sit on the lawn — and I didn’t, because at my age sitting on the ground for more than about five minutes sends me right to the chiropractor the next day. So we paid $25 each for seats.
A side note: I love going to the symphony. I have since college, when I was once invited to see the Terre Haute Symphony play. I’m no connoisseur of fine music, but I thought they did a smashing job.
I’ll never forget the conductor’s unusual name: Orcenith Smith. When you have a last name as common as Smith, only a first name as out-there as Orcenith will compensate. Orcenith is still with us; he is a Professor of Music at DePauw.
Anyway, as much as I enjoy live orchestral music, I manage almost never to go. I guess I just like staying home.
But we were unfettered and at large in Chicago. This opportunity presented itself, and we went. As my phone led us to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, I didn’t remember that it was the giant sky pineapple. But when we arrived, it was clear that it had to be.
We went back the next day for some photographs. As with all of the photos from this Chicago trip, I used my Nikon Df and the cheap 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor lens that came with the Nikon N65 film SLR I used to own. That cheap lens ain’t bad.
Well, this post was originally scheduled to go live on Tuesday, but there was a glitch and it went live immediately. I pulled it, but then thought better of it and am putting it back up. Today is the last day of the State Fair anyway so it’s appropriate.
Before my kids grew up and launched into independent adult lives, we went to the Indiana State Fair every summer. It lasts most of August every year. Our last visit was in 2017 — and this year, I decided I wanted to go because I enjoyed it. Margaret and I went on the Saturday after my birthday. I ate a giant smoked turkey leg and fried walleye, and bought a big bag of kettle corn. I managed to forget my other State Fair tradition, which is to have some soft serve at the dairy barn. Drat it! Next year.
I brought my Nikon Df along, to which I had mounted my giant 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor lens. I got that lens with the Nikon N65 film SLR I used to own. Keeping the lens but not the body was the right call, and I love it that it mounts natively on the Df. At 70mm this lens provides about a 1:1 view of the world. Once in a while I had to back up a little to put my subject fully in frame, but only once in a while. At 300mm it feels like I can see halfway across the fairgrounds! This isn’t Nikon’s finest lens in either its optical design (distortion abounds) or its build quality (it’s a giant hunk of plastic, even its mount), but for days like this I’m very happy to own it.
On our recent Chicago trip, on Sunday morning we found a few blocks of State Street closed for a street party. There were games, and public art, and food, and some pop-up shops with various wares. We didn’t stay too long but we did walk through a few times to make some photos.
This guitarist was way up in the air in an enormous dress, right in front of the iconic Chicago Theater. Another young woman was busy drawing some sort of mural on the skirt.
When I walked around behind her, it was apparent how all of this works. The guitarist climbed a stepladder up into her perch, and poked her head out the top! Somebody surely had to hand her guitar up to her.