If you walk too fast, you might miss them. Two gardens flank the Art Institute of Chicago, on Michigan Avenue. Now, we all know Michigan Avenue as a busy, bustling street, but these gardens are great places to stop. And think. Or just clear your head before merging back into the fast pace of the sidewalk. This is the South Garden, looking back out towards Michigan Ave.
I’ve hated running for ever. I first tried running for exercise by the shore of the Indian Ocean when I was fourteen. Didn’t get very far. Did get a bad case of shin splints. Over the next couple of decades I tried again a few times, but never really got into it. Every time I tried the result was the same: it was painful, frustrating, and just not fun. I tried focusing on mechanics, but it was making running just that: mechanical.
This boat looked out of place on the Khalid Lagoon by the Al Buhaira Corniche in Sharjah. It was too small to be a water taxi, and too drab to be for tourists. As I approached it, I realized that its purpose was to pick up all the garbage floating in the lagoon. It was full of soggy plastic bags and other detritus. I’m glad I wasn’t close enough to smell it.
This picture was taken on my walk along the Sharjah Corniche on January 6th 2010, shortly after dawn. I framed my shot carefully, right in front of the minbar, to exploit the symmetry of the building. As I clicked, I noticed a blur as a cyclist strayed into my shot. I had just enough time for one more shot before he left, and this second shot is what you see here. I think the lucky addition of this man into the frame makes this a better shot than the one I was planning.
1/50 sec at f/4.5 :: 22mm focal length :: ISO 400