Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Chicago Architectural boat tour...

 
...the Saturday before Labor Day (2013) we made an evening Architectural boat tour
that made its way up all three branches of the Chicago river
and ended with a fireworks display over lake Michigan...
 
...the amazing low-light capability of the Nikon D7000 made these images possible...
...all shots are hand held shots, even the fireworks!
 
Juan, our tour guide did a great job telling us the history of Chicago
and the origins of these amazing buildings...



 


If you see a clock tower in Chicago, chances are
that building is one of the older buildings in town.


 

paper anyone?
open bridge over the river
looks cool going under it too!

'Sears' tower, now called something else,
but no self-respecting Chicagoite would call it anything else...

..sometimes it just calls for B&W...




this power plant just looked cool in silhouette
 



a very prominent architect lift 'circles' all over town...
I like how folks have put colored lights on their balconies...

...a lot of Chicago's founders and big wigs built monuments to themselves
and put "crowns" on the top of their buildings...



another crown!

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They shoot this water fountain over the river for 10 minutes every hour.
You may want to wait until it's over until you pass...

the last fireworks display of the Summer over the lake...













 
Navy Pier
 
 


Opening Day the Great State Fair of Texas 2013!

The State Fair of Texas is the largest state fair in the country
and the second largest fair in the world!
 
Lore's all smiles at the surfing thingy...

...the new sky ride, still working myself up to it...

 

...watch out for the dog catcher!

..little side shows like this are easy to miss,
so keep your eyes open!

First glimpse of the new Tex...
...the Chinese lantern thing is back...

...check out the giant ice cream cone by the Old Mill...

There's the new and "improved" Bix Tex!

Tex's new custom made boots!

Tex's hat looks more like a farmer's hat than a cowboy hat.
Carousel horses...


...this thing is TALL!
A trip down the midway...
 
...first one to the top wins!

below the Texas Star...

...another big winner!
75 years of Superman exhibit in the foreign car building...

...a plastic boat!
no kidding! this thing has sailed from the U.S. to Australia & back!

...with these living quarters!
I've heard of a log cabin, but a cabin that's a log?!
 

The Cotton Bowl has some new fa├žade detailing. 

Puppies!
 
How 'bout a parade?
With beauty queens!...

 
...floats!...

 
...people on stilts!...


 
...clowns!...


 
..and Shriners!

 
...Don't forget to get something fried!
 
An of course cap off the day with a concert.
This year the fabulous Asleep at the Wheel paid us the honor of opening up the Fair...
Ray Benson and crew always put on a great Western Swing show!














 
The Fair is open through October 20th!
Come on by and get a corny dog!