El Frijole Frío – The Bean

Snow covers the top of Chicago’s famous Cloud Gate sculpture, known locally as “The Bean,” on a frigid January morning.

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It was 11° Fahrenheit in Chicago.  And, I desperately wanted to stay in bed.  But, a fresh blanket of snow created an opportunity.  I reluctantly put on every piece of warm-weather gear I could find, and I waddled over to Chicago’s famous Cloud Gate sculpture, known locally as “The Bean.”

When I arrived at Millennium Park, two things stood out.  First, I was alone with The Bean — unusual, since it’s one of the busier spots in the city.  And, second, the top of the sculpture was covered with snow.

Though I could hardly feel my fingers, I eagerly set up my camera.  As I began to take photos, a few lingering clouds — remnants from the snow storm — drifted above the city.  It was a memorable morning, both for how cold and how beautiful it was.