©2009 Chicago Tribune/Alex Garcia
Like many people, I enjoy looking at the interplay of the skyline and the day’s weather. Yesterday I was coming in with the sky largely clear. Off in the distance, I could see something that looked like white smoke from an extinguished fire. Turned out to be morning fog coming in off the lake to engulf the Hancock. I pulled off to the side of the Kennedy for a moment to shoot the scene before it was gone.
Having lived away from Chicago for many years, I tend to forget the fragility of an outdoor gathering, such as one my family had over the weekend. Maybe it’s because the weather during my time in Southern California was always in the 70’s and partly cloudy. If you had a party, of course it would be outside. It’s perma-weather. But in the Chicago area, it’s one thing to get everyone together at one house – especially if it’s a group of south-siders, north-siders, out-by-O’hare-ers, and Chicagolandia suburbanites…but then to have nice weather? No sweltering heat, no rain, no oppressive humidity…just a very pleasant summer’s eve where you can dance and move freely outside among friendly faces? It usually takes being in the moment for me to truly appreciate it – to want to hold back the passage of time and to enjoy any kind of dancing to “stay the moment”…
“Friday nights and the lights are low…”
Welcome to AssignmentChicago.com! It seems appropriate that to start a blog in Chicago, to publish a recent skyline picture. I was heading to another assignment when I saw stormclouds and lightning on the horizon. Shooting weather is a question of timing, timing, timing…and location. Sensing something big was about to happen, I decided to drop all my bags and get the camera ready. Although a few thunderbolts materialized, they were too far in the distance to be thought of anything more than a stray hair on my CCD. As clouds began to rotate, I thought for a moment we actually see some kind of funnel cloud. What did materialize was a fascinating beam-me-up-Scotty cloud formation – which left as quickly as it came.