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It’s The Bean’s World

You have eight hours of free time in Chicago — two hours one evening, six the next day. For once you get to see more than the inside of O’Hare International. You think you will not visit The Bean. There are so many other things to see before the rains come. Well okay, maybe you will just walk by at a distance and see the crowds and be glad you are skipping The Bean, at least this time. What is The Bean anyway? Is it art, or already a commodity? Warhol might have painted The Bean, but this is 2017, right? Will you have trouble sleeping after consuming a legume of this size?

And yet, something happens — you are pulled, your brain waves curve and flatten and bulge like reflections in The Bean — and you go to there. You go to The Bean. It’s all right, everything will be all right. Surrender to The Bean. It’s The Bean’s world; we only live in it.

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Foggy Karenina: The End

Yes, it’s time to end a series that has gone on almost as long as the Tolstoy novel itself. I hope you’ll now agree that while sunny photos are all alike, each foggy photo is foggy in its own way. You can use the links on this blog page to find the earlier entries in the five-part series.

It was tempting to conclude by showing a MUNI train rushing out of the fog. But I opted instead for what I’ll call Chamber of Commerce Fog.

In the top panoramic image, seen above the trees of Golden Gate Park, are the towers of St. Ignatius Cathedral and Lone Mountain tower, both on the campus of the University of San Francisco. In the bottom photo, just a hint of the Marin Headlands shows above sunset fog in the Golden Gate Strait. As always, clicking on the image opens it larger. Thanks for looking in!