Saturday, August 24, 2013

Commuting in Hyde Park

One of the great delights of life in the city is the ability to avoid acres of concrete and hours a day of exhaust and exasperating traffic. 

My commute to work cuts through Jackson Park.
Down Stony Island past the museum...

Watching the Early Child Learning Center replace Doctors' Hospital...and the glass is already shattering before a child gets near it...

And stately Vista Homes in somewhat lonely splendor

To the Perennial Garden where the Women's Building was during the Fair...

And the Midway, where the ducks sometimes paddle.

It's a rough commute but someone has to do it.


Millennium Park

Summer in the city means a free concert in Millennium Park. Wonderful music and wonderful architecture against a wonderful summer sky. At the end the lights are red, and you know you experienced beauty. This night there was a full chorus and orchestra for Schubert's Requiem and two modern works. 



Sunday, August 18, 2013

This morning I was in my alley and a large bird landed just behind my head, about 5 feet above and behind me. When I turned around, I expected a crow. Instead I was face to face with a hawk. By the time I thought to take a picture, it had flown to the roof of the Cove. Nature reclaims the city.