Fire & Fury II

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Chicago is shrouded in dense ground fog.  It is difficult to identify buildings just two or three blocks down the avenues.  Fog obscures, but it also amplifies colors, which brings a certain clarity to the urban landscape.  It creates a mysterious whirl in the air.  

Fire & Fury I

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So when the Lord blesses us with a day or two of January temperatures in the forties, we hit the streets.  Today, it was Grant Park and the Women's March.  Some 300,000 people showed up, breaking last year's attendance number by about 50,000 people.

René Marie

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Earlier today, I listened to René Marie's new album Sound of Red in anticipation of tonight's concert at the University of Chicago's Logan Center.   Last year, Marie was scheduled to appear at the Logan Center, but had to cancel.

Winterlude

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My hands are warm, then they get cold, then they burn, and then it's not so bad.  Winter in Chicago.  Headed north today along the lakefront.  The sky was bright, thin blue.  By the time I headed back about 90 minutes later the sky had already clouded over.  Snow is forecast for the early evening hours.  

Gutsy Protest

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I was headed downtown today to photograph the cold.  As the 146 bus approached the Wrigley building I noticed, to my delight, a demonstration across the Michigan Avenue, in the plaza that abuts the Tribune Tower and the international style building just south of the Tribune.

Frozen Shards

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At 1PM, the temperature is down to 5-degrees Fahrenheit, but the wind chill makes it feel like 10 to 15 degrees below-zero.  Layers are essential, but unfortunately, I have not found a pair of gloves that allows me to operate at camera without taking them off.

Day and Night

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Today I had the opportunity to photograph the contrast between old and new when I visited a furniture and fixture manufacturing company and a metal grinder and fabricating plant, both located within a block of each other on Chicago's far west side.