Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: Chicago, sculpture

Further down the lake front bike trail, south of the City, the “crowd” thins out and you get to see some great art along the way! Like this installation piece honoring Bessie Coleman… an early American civil aviator. She was the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license.

Categories: architecture, Chicago, sculpture

Closed, but not forgotten… Chicago’s Navy Pier may be closed due to the pandemic and a huge lack of tourism in Chicago. It’s completely locked down so you can’t even go down The Pier. But you can still enjoy the gardens & views out front… especially by bike!

Categories: architecture, Chicago, totem pole

Clear blue skies made a perfect opportunity for a beautiful afternoon bike ride! Including a stop at the totem pole at Lake Shore Drive & Addison… a favorite landmark for many Chicagoans!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

It was so nice to get up this morning and NOT have gray & gloomy skies! So refreshing to see clear skies again… knowing that a beautiful sunrise would not be far behind!!!

Categories: Chicago, inspiration

Took a couple hours off this afternoon to enjoy the blue skies & sunshine with a nice stroll through Graceland Cemetery. It was my first time at Graceland, so it was nice to see some of the famous names from Chicago history now residing there… and a random coyote patrolling the park. You’ve got appreciate the serenity, the architecture, the design & majesty of some of the monuments & memorials.

Categories: Chicago, sunrise

The sunrise was pretty amazing… but the clouds blowing in behind it were a bit more ominous. A sign of things to come today…

Categories: Chicago, garden, nature

And when one is down by the Museum of Science & Industry, you should always take a few minutes to explore the hidden treasure of the Japanese Garden just south of the museum. A beautiful & serene space… still preserved from the Columbian Exposition Worlds Fair! Complete with some STUNNING Japanese maple trees in full Fall colors!!!

Categories: Chicago, sculpture

Last Friday’s “bike escape” was south along the lakefront trail… and then a quick little side diversion to the Museum of Science & Industry. It was so quiet down there… barely another person around the museum. Made these stoic statues seem oddly appropriate.

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Warm & cloud… with just a slight glimmer of color on the horizon. Only lasted but a few seconds… and then back to clouds… and a few blue skies peeking through!

Categories: bike, Chicago, weather

Nothing but blue skies heading home from my afternoon “hooky” bike ride along the Lake! Always fun to see the City from the “other” side!