The Bean, formally known as Cloudgate. I can't imagine having to clean the fingerprints off of it.
I was pretty impressed with this snowfall until the one that hit later in January. The second one shut a bunch of busses down. But the first one sure was pretty!
Mom and I caught a very early flight to Chicago on New Year's Eve.
Snow on a fence along Lake Shore Drive.
My street, snowed over.
The Hancock Building on a sunny (FRIGID) day.
My neighborhood under snow.
Flying from Fresno back to Chicago on New Year's Eve. It was beautiful.
Everything's white! Waking up to this was SO weird.
I took this picture for Mom. This bar isn't far from my apartment, and we ate several dinners there in September when I moved out. It sure looked different five months later!
More of the houses around me, but with snow.
I was fascinated to see a cutoff oxbow river bend. I've heard of them but never seen one.
Icicles on a church in my neighborhood.
Oh man, did WE need coffee New Year's Day!
I saw this cheap trunk at Home Goods and wanted it for a coffee table, but couldn't transport it home. The next day, after work, I went back to measure it and see about shipping. And I decided just to strongarm it back on the bus. When Mom called to ask if I'd found out about the cost, I said, "Oh, yeah, shipping is free." Just a little sweat!
Mom and I ready to go out for New Year's partying!
And here we are with the Bean as a backdrop. It's seriously awesome, which you really can't tell from these pictures.
'Cause I never get tired of mountains.
The Water Tower, one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire.