Just Snow Drops

Spring has always been my favorite season and after a warm winter we are enjoying it a few weeks earlier this year. When I saw photos from my parents' garden in Chicago last week it was at the blossoming stage Germany had in February - with snow drops and not much more.

But after a long Chicago winter (and this was a particular winter I was happy not to partake in) there is always the promise of spring. These photos of tulips and poppies are from last year at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and the lilacs and bleeding hearts come from a garden in Skokie which now has just snow drops.

Summer Visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum is itself a work of art. Its Quadracci Pavillion is a sculptural, postmodern addition overlooking Lake Michigan and was completed in 2001 by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The museum's ship-like exterior has opening and closing "wings" with a postmodern interpretation of a Gothic Cathedral as the main hall entranceway. 

My timing of visiting in Chicago over the summer was perfect, as I got to see Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries, which will be open until the 9th of September. For anyone living in the Chicago area I would highly recommend visiting the museum to enjoy this dazzling collection of posters, including works by Jules Chéret, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnar, and Alphonse Mucha.