Train Window Stories

Chicago Architecture

Oh the gems seen through the windows of an elevated train!  Today as my train meandered its way between buildings in downtown Chicago, it stopped prior to the next station.  This provided me with a moment to observe what was beside me in a static mode, as opposed to what I normally see as something passed by in seconds.

This wonderful architecture is part of the very intricate decor of the Harold Washington Library.  Note the corn crown and detailing placed upon quite an intense face.  Here’s another perspective:

Chicago Architecture 2

This is, “Ceres”, the Roman goddess of agriculture, and crops.

I’m quite glad my train was waiting for, ‘signal clearance’ to pull into the next station.  It reminded me how much we miss when we sit idle with electronics permeating our attention, as opposed to the space around us.

Do you find yourself discounting your surroundings in favor of your phone?

 

  30 comments for “Train Window Stories

  1. June 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    All aboard! Choo choo. Chug chug chug…

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  2. June 18, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Oh, it’s wonderful, Cher. Reminds me of a day tour I took in Manhattan, touring the old architecture of buildings. It was so interesting. I’ve always had an interest in architecture, as I see you do, too.

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    • June 19, 2015 at 7:39 am

      That must have been incredible, Carol. I have never been to New York. Oh yes, I join you in that! I love old architecture as it reflects the culture of its time, and it is often beautiful! Cher xo

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  3. Don
    June 19, 2015 at 3:46 am

    You’ve got a real Art Gallery outside your train window, Cher. Wonderful!

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    • June 19, 2015 at 7:44 am

      We certainly do, don’t we, Don? I am forever fascinated by the gems “hidden” in this city. Well, rather, in plain sight in this particular case!! I do hope all is well with you and Jane in your new home!! Cher xo

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      • Don
        June 19, 2015 at 8:26 am

        All going well. 🙂

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      • June 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

        Brilliant to hear, Don! Cher xo

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  4. June 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I like to observe my surroundings if I am not driving. Sometimes I will listen to my mp3 player. If I am on a plane I like looking at the clouds.

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    • June 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      That is excellent to hear, Ronnie! I think we should all take time to observe our surroundings! Oh yes, I love watching clouds from a plane, too! Cher xo

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  5. June 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Reblogged this on georgeforfun.

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  6. June 19, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I do, though not reliably. There’s enough buildings in the area that date to before the abolition of embellishment that there’s stuff to see, though.

    My love and I were admiring some early-20s building clearly converted to an office and then back from it once when the owner came out to ask if she could help us with something, then? I don’t think she believed that we just thought it was a neat building she was in. We moved on.

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    • June 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Well it is interesting that you both stopped to admire an interesting architectural beauty, but the owner didn’t seem to realize her own surroundings. Interesting, isn’t it, Joseph? Thank you for sharing this! Cher xo

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  7. June 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I like to think of myself as a visual person, always looking for a unique perspective. Truth is, I find myself spending way too much time staring at a 4-inch screen!

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    • June 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      John, that is precisely why I wrote this post! *LOL* *LOL* *biggest grin* Cher xo

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  8. June 20, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Great detail on this — love the cornstalks!

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    • June 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

      I was quite surprised by the detail too, Brett! *LOL* Yes, the cornstalks really add to the, ‘fashion statement’! *grin* Cher xo

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  9. June 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

    oooo, 🙂 new pic 🙂 gorgeous.
    I’ve been missing you (thinking/linking) with you, so I had to drop by!
    Lovely post, again, as usual 🙂
    love my ‘phone’, love our photos 😉
    love love you
    Nx

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    • June 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you dear Niki and welcome back!!! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  10. June 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Enjoyed. Take an L ride with me and my brother in one of my previous posts.

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  11. June 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Modern architecture is so plain compared to classic buildings. Thanks for capturing this.

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    • June 27, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      I completely agree, Mike. It seems as if modern buildings are lacking true craftsmanship. I love these old buildings! Thank YOU, Mike! Cher xo

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