On our way to Michigan last week, we passed this lookout tower (we had to ask what it was) near Hartford, IL. When it's completed, it will offer a killer view of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
Lest you think I only care for old structures, I offer this lovely glass-fronted biotech research building. I pass it twice a day on my way to work and back home, but until I stopped to take pictures of it, I had no idea the slanty bit on the front was just kind of tacked on.
I still like it, though, for its unfussy lines, and the way it always looks as if it's about to fall over.
I have the great good fortune to work in a building that's been standing since the 1880s. It's part of a complex of paper warehouses that were revolutionary for their time in that they brought the railyard to their backyard for the sake of efficiency. (This was something even Chicago didn't have at the time.) In 2006, the advertising firm I work for partnered with a development company and an architectural firm to kick out the pigeons and make the place livable. They did a lovely job.
One of my favorite things about the interior of the building is the massive beams. From the basement, where they are anchored in iron footings that must weigh hundreds of pounds each, they go all the way up to the sixth floor, getting progressively smaller. Still, at the top, they're roughly eight inches wide.
The photos are arranged as a beam stands; if you look at the number of floor planks next to the second and third shots, you'll see what I mean about the beam getting smaller.
We visited our New York City family members back in March, and one day while wandering around, we decided to go up into the Empire State Building. It was a great day for it -- a weekday, kind of cold, but sunny and very clear.
I took some interior shots, and wish I'd taken more -- the level of craft and care in that building is not to be believed.
Someone mocked me for taking shots of the elevator, and I remember thinking, wow, what a fool. Or maybe he's blind. Poor guy.
The lego version of the building, in the gift shop:
As I was driving to meet a friend for yesterday's lunchtime thrifting spree I thought, "Wow, the sky is amazing today. I love taking pictures of the sky. And the buildings look great, too. I love taking pictures of buildings."
And that, my friends, is the story of how this blog came to be.
At 2:51 Facebook time, a friend who had no idea I'd decided to start this blog posted a status that said, "There are good shapes in the clouds today."
Freaky? Maybe. Groovy? Definitely.
These photos were taken in manual mode, but with default settings. They're in chronological order; the first three were taken around 1:30, and the others around 5:30.
I'm a professional word jockey living in St. Louis, MO, where I more or less grew up. In my spare time, I read, write, watch too much TV, take photos and sing.
Prior to starting Messing with Recipes, I spent a year writing Married to the Masala, which dealt with the cultural mix in my house and in the U.S.