Autumn in Chicago, 13 October 2010


Okay, apparently I’ve had my head stuck under a rock, because it seems that all of a sudden, there are red, yellow, and orange leaves on all of the trees around Chicago, [1] but I’m just now noticing them. Quite perceptive of me, right?


Photo Information:

Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid

Actually, this one has a little more than just a colorful tree; the curvey metal thing on the left hand side is part of the BP Pedestrian Bridge, [2] designed by Frank Gehry; [3] the bridge is part of the Millennium Park complex in downtown. As you might guess, I liked how the regular, smooth metal “scales” of the bridge [4] contrast with the randomness of the trees beyond.

Oh, and the colors…aren’t they pretty?



[1]: Well, on the deciduous ones, anyways; the evergreen trees are, well, still green.

[2]: Yes, that BP, though the bridge was completed in 2004, so it predates their current woes by a wide margin. Of course, getting naming rights makes sense, given that BP donated a few million dollars to the park’s budget, though naturally, that sort of humane gesture is nowhere near as significant as their various planet killing endeavors, or the evil they exude as one of the giant corporations that is slowly destroying everything that is good and pure in the world. But I digress…

[3]: One of these days, I’ll get around to writing a diatribe about how Gehry is emblematic of all that is wrong with the architectural profession. That being said, I actually like this bridge and the concert venue he designed for Millennium Park.

[4]: For those of you who don’t know, Gehry is fascinated by fish and their scales. The metal panels he uses on many of his well-known projects are intended to emulate those found on fish. No, I’m not kidding about that.


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