Mar 25, 2011

Diving in at Shedd Aquarium

I haven't been to too many aquariums, but I've noticed that they all smell the same. Also haven't been to an aquatics show in a long time, but definitely think they've gotten cooler in the interim.

I liked Shedd's layout. At the center is the huge Caribbean reef tank, off which smaller tanks (exhibits?) are branched off, divided up by the type of water. On the lower level are the bigger features - whales, dolphins and sharks. (Though the otters got a lot of love to, because they're cute, I'm assuming.) Considering how b busy it got, I never felt cramped. I think that's a credit to the layout and design of the aquarium.

The site wasn't lying when they advise to get there early. I left around noon and the line to get in the door must've been 100 deep, and growing. They also weren't lying about the visit length. The site says the average visit takes around three hours. I was there for four. Totally worth it. Based on the popularity of Shedd, I'd guess I'm not alone there.

Mar 24, 2011

Venturing North

Thought I'd break up the Chicago trips and head north of Evanston.

We're expecting some flurries tonight. Cold weather be damned. 
Spring must be on the way, the bunnies have  made their appearance

Evanston's picturesque light house. 
It opens for tours in a few weeks. I think I'll have to come back

Baha'i Temple in Wilmette. 
Beautiful building. I see why its a popular site for wedding photos.

Mar 23, 2011

Amazed at the Museum of Science and Industry

When I knew I was moving to Chicago, I looked into the city's history, including reading Erik Larson's masterpiece, 'Devil in the White City.' So much of my trip to the Museum of Science and Industry was motivated by experiencing the science museum and seeing the Palace of Fine Arts building. 
I don't think it matters what you're going there for, it is going to be a good time. I had a blast. Short of the Body exhibit, I saw and did just about everything, including an up-close look at a U-505, admiring baby chicks and watching an avalanche. 
I also stopped by the Osaka Japanese Garden, just a little south of the museum. Another piece World's Fair history, its a wonderful little escape from the city scape of Chicago's south side.

Mar 22, 2011

Exploring Adler Planetarium

My first collegiate science course was astronomy. It was not my strongest subject. So I was weary about my visit Adler Planetarium, but am glad I went. Even if I was about 10 years above their target audience.
Most of Adler's exhibits, it appeared to me, to be built for little hands who like to press buttons. Not that I didn't enjoy pressing the buttons as well, but I don't think it was designed with a graduate student in mind.
That being said, I enjoyed the history of the Apollo's, seeing the Gemini spacecraft and all those stunning photos of the galaxy (galaxies?). I believe astronomy is a very difficult subject, but the minds at Adler hit a nice balance between explaining without talking down to the audience as well as a lot of hands-on stuff and informative exhibits.

Happy Birthday, Mom

It's my mom's birthday. I don't have a photo of her, because she's damn good at dodging the camera. Instead, here's one of her favorites from the post-anniversary party party

Mar 21, 2011

Adventures in the Field Museum

Took a trip downtown to visit the Field Museum of Natural History. It was equal parts cool, informative and entertaining. Sue is the unquestioned biggest pull for Field, being the most complete T-Rex. But I really loved the Maori meeting house. It’s the real deal, built in Tokomaru Bay, New Zealand. I was lucky enough to sneak in between field trips stopping by. Its a very calm place with history and tradition built into every part of it.
If you’re in town and have a few hours to spare, I’d suggest you stop by the Field. There is so much to see, quality and diverse exhibits, in a really fantastic setting.

Mar 18, 2011

Justin Saper photoshoot

Saper is an aspiring new media journalist and businessman at Medill. 
We hit the Chicago streets for an urban setting. 
I think this one worked pretty well.

Mar 14, 2011

Last day of quarter three

Mango brought us treats. Photo taken by Meghan Ann Dwyer.

Mar 11, 2011

Broadcasters at Work

Sneaked up to the studio before the broadcasters started to film.
Snapped some candids. 
Broadcasters at work.

Happy Meg

Melissa is trying not to laugh at something silly Peklo just said.

Mar 7, 2011

Photography sharing is caring

I love that I occasionally run into fellow photographers at school. Even better that they are really damn good. Getting to pick someone else's brain for a few minutes is fun and enlightening and inspiring. This is Ray Whitehouse's baby, which I shot with his L series lens. Another perk of meeting photographers - getting to play with their equipment. 

Mar 5, 2011

Rain drops

Evanston got a little rain today. Made for pretty photos.

Mar 4, 2011

Journalism Diet

Brain food while we work on projects, Fritos and Coke. 
I suspect this is another win for j-school.