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Archive for June 7th, 2010

Images: Growing Things, Downtown

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I took hundreds of photos on Saturday. My class canceled. I had many places I could choose from to do. However, my voice was tired after a night singing/socializing till the wee hours at Mac’s Bar. I decided to take myself on a solo adventure and rest the voice a bit.

It was Be a Tourist in Your Own Town day. I love this event, and it keeps getting better. This year Paramount Coffee opened their plant for tours, so I did that.

I also went to the new City Market building for the first time. (I loved it, in spite of my pre-visit reservations.)

callalilies

I am still working on my pattern deadlines. The first is handled, but the second has a significantly impending due date with no wiggle space at all.

I’ve been knitting, taking photos and writing instructions. I’m alternating between PhotoShop, KnitVisualizer, Excel, Word and InDesign. I sure am using the capabilities of this lovely laptop to the max.

I continue to be grateful for my 6+ years as a software trainer. The things I learned during that time are still helping me every day. I can not imagine how frustrating this work might be to someone without as much experience as a professional geek as I have had.

thistleinwall

Um… this is to say I have processed two uncharacteristic photos of the weekend at this point. I took photos of plants, one when I first got downtown and one when I was nearly done. I’m posting the last one taken as the first to look at. It is too pretty to wait upon.

That first photo is a garden near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Grand Avenue. It’s on the grounds of the Radisson Hotel, the only downtown hotel at this point.

I have NEVER seen Calla Lilies in this colorway before. I’ve seen white many times, and once saw some pale lemon yellow ones, solid colored. These look like they have been painted by hand. (I can envision them on a canvas by my friend, Barbara Hranilovich.) Gorgeous!

The second photo was taken somewhere between the Convention Center and the City Market, on/near the Riverwalk. This determined thistle plant rooted and grew sideways on its own. It’s a determined little plant, for sure. I’m guessing there is a poem in there somewhere. I’m content to let the poem be visual, though.

I’ll have more photos of my footie knitting soon, plus photos of Mac’s Bar and more Tourist day photos. For now, I’m giving you a feast for your eyes, two very different ways.