A Wet Fall Day

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I am standing dead center on the BP Bridge, which connects Chicago's Millennium Park with the newer Maggie Daley Park.  The bridge is one of the most frustrating photographic subjects in Chicago.  Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, its stainless steel parapets and hardwood planked floor slithers across Columbus Drive, bringing children and their parents to the two gigantic climbing walls, an ice skating ribbon, and the playground areas that makeup much of Daley Park.

Apple of Concord

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Finally, after at least a year and half, Apple's new flagship store opened tonight at 5PM, with Apple CEO Tim Cook on the premises.  The hordes were out there, worshipping the glass monolith just as the apes worshipped the black monolith in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.  From the monolith comes knowledge.  

Taco Tragedy

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The Cubs will not be repeating this year thanks to a powerful LA Dodger team, but that is not the only tragedy befalling Wrigleyville, Cubs fans, and late night drunks at bar time.  News broke in early August that the much beloved Taco Bell at 111 West Addison would be closing, to be replaced with a shiny new 39,755 square foot three-story retail development.

Butterfield Blues Reunion

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Mark Naftalin, who added high octane playing to one of the original incarnations of the Butterfield Blues Band, offered a dazzling two-hour solo piano recital.  Why this guy has not issued albums of his great blues piano playing is totally beyond me, particularly because runs an independent record label.  

Buckingham Fountain

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This photograph is either a two or four-minute exposure at F32 and ISO 100.  I was using the iPad wireless app to trigger the shutter, and the camera appears to have recorded the shutter speed shown on the dial rather than the one I inputed into the application.  My camera was fitted with a 10-stop neutral density filter, which explains the silky water and fuzzy clouds.