HE: I have to give the whole Spring Fling thing a big thumbs up. Now that I've had a little time to absorb it all and sort some of my thoughts and impressions, I'm really glad that we went.
First of all, Chicago is such a great city to visit, although I'm not sure I'd want to live there. I like the fact that we could take an easy bus ride from Wisconsin that didn't cost much more that driving when you consider parking, gas and tolls.
HE: There's something invigorating, if perhaps a little masochistic, about walking the streets of a major city. I've always thought that Chicago has been particularly astute about picking public sculpture. Picasso, Miro, Chagal, Dubuffet (above) pop up when you least expect them.
SHE: I'm glad we came down early on Thursday. It was nice to have a day to ourselves and to adjust to city life. And we finally found the Golden Triangle, the store I've been wanting to visit since it's opening.
HE: In fact, it was often the intimate details of events at Spring Fling that attracted me as a photographer and that stick in my memory. Remember the gardener's bench at Rick Bayless' garden? It had so much more human content than the rest of the garden.
HE: I don't know that I would ever have gone to see the railroad garden if we hadn't been given passes. But it was really quite enchanting. You know, we did that quite a bit this trip — choosing to do and see things we haven't on other trips to the city.
HE: As the photographer for our blog, the Fling was a real challenge. I know I probably shouldn't think this way, but in my mind it was something of a competition. I wonder if other bloggers felt that. I kept thinking I had to find a new angle or some detail that no one else noticed. I found myself watching to see what other people shot.
HE: The other stand-out subject was the Lurie Garden in the late afternoon sun. After taking a number of pictures I realized that my real subject was the single red poppy. Including it in the composition somehow anchored the picture — like the period at the end of a sentence.
HE: I came away from the weekend with one clear regret. The thought occurred to me late on Saturday that I should have been taking pictures of other bloggers taking pictures. I had a few but realized too late that I had missed countless opportunities. Maybe next year.
HE: I'm still enormously impressed with the generosity and organizational skill of our Chicago hosts. And if I didn't get a chance to thank you personally, I'd like to do so now publicly: You did a great job!