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Garfield Park Conservatory

Well I’m in Chicago now.  Part of this birthday trip deal was supposed to be me suffering due to inclement weather.  So far we’ve had snow, freezing rain, thunderstorm and, this morning, hail.  But temperatures haven’t dropped below 20, something I am very happy about and something David laments.  In either case, on Saturday we went to Garfield Park Conservatory, which is a lovely conservatory out on the green line.  I took photos, as usual.

some kind of desert plant

little girl by a pond with yellow flowers

This shot is “freelensed” – I took the lens off the camera body and tilted it to achieve a different plane of focus (not parallel to the camera body).  I had varying degrees of success with the technique – here’s a better one.

weird nubby plants at the conservatory - freelensing

And here’s David.  Like I said, it’s been snowing, and snowfall creates the most beautiful light for portraits.  Like the one on the left.  His expression is crap (David is notoriously difficult to photograph), but I love the light.

diptych of david

david taking pictures in black and white

diptych with mosaic

three plants at the conservatory

As someone that’s never been to Chicago in the winter before, I was struck with the surreal scene of 20 or so pigeons huddled under the heat lamp on the El platform.  Everybody mostly let them be and they let me get really, really close (this is like a 50mm) without seeming to care at all.  Fascinating.

pigeons on the el platform

pigeons under the toaster

reflections on the train

Finally, at least 50% of any trip with David consists of eating, talking or thinking about food.  Here he is blow-torching our lamb dinner from Saturday night.  Yes, it was totally delicious.

rack of lamb being toasted

More adventures to come, I hope.

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