Thursday, October 09, 2008

Sky Watch Friday!

There's not a whole lotta tall stuff in Bolingbrook (where I live). I was in Chicago nearly 40 years with tall structures all over the place! Anyway, our high point here is a landfill called Scenic Overlook. Catchy title, eh? It's a popular observation point for birdwatching, especially now because you can spot large migratory birds. I went up there with S2, just to see what it was like. Plus, it's fun to be way up high, over everything. If you look in the background, you'll see Chicago's skyline with the Sears Tower.

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Giant boy crushing houses. (Chicago Skyline waaaaay back.)

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A friendly birdwatcher lets S2 look through telescope.

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Zooming into Chicago's skyline. The Sears Tower is in the center, and that's the John Hancock to your left.

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39 comments:

Texas Travelers said...

Great choice for SWF.
Nice photos and commentary.

Come visit,
Troy

lime said...

hehehe, i always like the optical illusion shots.

Migs CFL fan said...

Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers

http://reginainpictures.blogspot.com/

SandyCarlson said...

That's a marvelous, expansive view!

imac said...

Hi, my friend, great post and shots, looks like s2 enjoyed.

Carver said...

Great series of shots for skywatch this week.

Dancin' Fool said...

There are so many different shots this week, I like this a lot.

Have a great weekend when you get there.

the teach said...

Craver, that first picture made me laugh! A bunch of people looking at nothing... Ha! Please don't mind my laughing! I enbiggened your shots and saw Chicago! Thank you! :) Happy SWF!

leslie said...

Like "the teach" above me, it's kinda funny seeing people gazing out at what looks like nothing.

But love the shot of S2 crushing houses. :D

babooshka said...

As someone who watches birds to photograph I can really appreciate these images. I love open areas like this.

Jeanne said...

Looks like a nice relaxing spot. The city in the distance shot is a cool capture.

Carletta said...

Great shots Craver!
I loved 'giant boy' - :)

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi my friend Craver VII

Beautiful post!!
Great landscape and marvelous views!
Today my SKY is HERE!

Santilli

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Craver VII

Thanks for visiting my SKY!

Luiz

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wonderful and fun Sky Watch-shots! I like it very much!

Have a nice weekend:)

fishing guy said...

Craver: Some neat capture from your highest point with no trees to obstuct your view.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

It's a fun post today... I love the sky line... it's amazing... beautiful!
Not something I have seen way along my way but would love to see one day!

Hope your weekend is nice.
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat

reluctantfarmchik said...

Very cool - what is it with tall places with names like "scenic overlook"? Good grief. Happy SWF.

dot said...

I really enjoyed these pictures. Fantastic view especially when they are enlarged. My favorite is the one of the boy and he really does look like a giant boy.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Very picturesque

magiceye said...

pretty sky pics!

Ida said...

Great Sky Watch.
Watching the sky.
Nice series. :)

Arija said...

Get ém early, ya gottem for life... Wether house crushing or birdwatchin though I havn't see many boys who needed teaching that!

vincibene said...

Thanks for the fantastic view!

mommanator said...

Now this is on a landfill? so you said! YOu took your precious child there!? What fumes did he inhale?? Any Landfills I have seen are covered with birds and a mighty smell!? can ya tell I don't like em!
O pretty pics though

NaNcY said...

i went to the top of the john h. when it was the tallest. i was with a group of high school seniors on a class trip. i remember also going to second city and the sience and industry museum.

i also remember that blocks were much bigger than what i was use to walking and it was very cold and windy.

Photo Cache said...

Hi! Nice skywatch shots. Love the first one.

Daryl said...

Wonderful skies! Point it in the other direction and you'll see the NY Skyline

:-Daryl

John said...

Great shots for sky watch!

Mona said...

& there is one of me holding the dome of the Taj Mahal :D

I love the sky & its various hues!

Debbie said...

Nice series - I love the Chicago skyline shot.

Denise said...

Another excellent series of SW photos, all just wonderful.

Jules said...

Great vistas from this amazing vantage point. The sky seems so close!!!

alan pardoe said...

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alan pardoe said...

HAMSTER IN BAR??????????????just for you and your hamster?????????????????????????????A mangy looking guy who goes into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says: "No way. I don't think you can pay for it. The guy says, "You're right. I don't have any money, but if I show you something you haven't seen before, will you give me a drink?" The bartender says, "Only if what you show me ain't risque." "Deal!" says the guy and reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a hamster. He puts the hamster on the bar and it runs to the end of the bar, climbs down the bar, runs across the room, up the piano, jumps on the key board and starts playing a tune. And the hamster is really good. The bartender says, "You're right. I've never seen anything like that before. That hamster is truly good on the piano." The guy downs the drink and asks the bartender for another. "Money or another miracle, or else no drink", says the bartender. The guy reaches into his coat again and pulls out a frog. He puts the frog on the bar, and the frog starts to sing. He has a marvelous voice and great pitch. A fine singer. A stranger from the other end of the bar runs over to the guy and offers him $300 for the frog. The guy says, "It's a deal." He takes the three hundred and gives the stranger the frog. The stranger runs out of the bar. The bartender says to the guy, "Are you some kind of nut? You sold a singing frog for $300? It must have been worth millions. You must be crazy." "Not so", says the guy. "The hamster is also a ventriloquist."

Craver Vii said...

Oh Alan. *groooaaaannn*

Shammickite said...

Great views. I love being on a high hill and looking out over the surrounding countryside, unfortunately I live in quite a flat area, so no chance to do that very often.
But that looks like a great place to take a running leap and shout HAGOOOOOO! You should try it some time.

CrazyCath said...

Oh they are beautiful views. Great post. Sorry I'm a bit late. :(

2sweetnsaxy said...

I missed your post on Friday. Glad I still got to see it. Very nice. I'm still smiling about the boy crushing the city. :-D