Reflections of Two Buildings

Reflections of Two Buildings

Reflections of Two Buildings © 2008 Bo Mackison

While walking the square around the State Capitol, I noticed this reflection in the Manchester Place building. I love the lines. My photo-Sherpa thinks I should entitle this photo the “Squiggly Building”, but then he was born and somewhat bred in Chicago and thinks it a suitable rhyme for the Wrigley Building. (The gum guys’ building – and that building is cool, but you probably wouldn’t know how cool unless you roam the Miracle Mile on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.)

About Bo Mackison

I’m a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place – a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I’d love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It’s my gift to you.


  1. That is a wicked shot! Honestly, I like these shots ones that say timing is as important as talent. (my timing has sooo been off lately!) Beautiful!

  2. That looks like a piece of art – beautiful!

  3. Joanna Young says:

    Very nice! When I was in Chicago recently I took a lot of reflections of buildings shots… we don’t have anything like that over here! (Edinburgh)


  4. Superb reflection shot and nice colours too

  5. the shimmering outlines in the reflection here are wonderful

    (Joanna in Edinburgh, look at the Point Hotel some day, not as much of an expanse of glass but the reflections are similarly beautiful!)

  6. HeyJules says:

    Bo, that is really lovely!

  7. Bah! Photo-sherpa! I am so going to steal that…

    Very cool picture, too — I love the rich colors in the reflection.

  8. Gandalf says:

    way cool!!!

  9. I always love the distorted window reflection shots. Always. As a fiber artist on alternate weeks, they are rich in inspiration.
    Good eye!

  10. it would be cool as an abstract cropping of the lower left half

  11. Thanks, Lori. Photography is always a gamble, though not nearly what it was in the film and darkroom days.

    nicole – it IS a piece of art, hey Nicole? 🙂

    Joanna – I loved your photos of Chi I saw on Flickr.

    Thanks, Mark. That reflection rather snuck up on me.

    Poet and Jules, Thanks.

    Susan – Do you have a photo Sherpa too? They are the best.

    Gandalf – Always glad to hear from you.

    Pat – A fiber artist – how neat. And you are right – I can see a fiber pattern in the photo.

    jpt – I like your suggestion.

  12. My computer is taking forever to load the image, so I’ll ask–is the Chicago Wrigley building one of the Mies Van Der Rohe’s? I don’t remember. Photo-Sherpa must have gotten quite a workout on the shot. Glad he can be with you.

  13. Quinn -It’s a white terra cotta building, always floodlit at night, a real beauty modeled after a tower of the cathedral in Sevilla. It was built about 1920, right on the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue, very near Lake Michigan. The architects were Graham, Anderson, Probst & White – I had to look that up. But I do know it was the first building, office-type, to have A/C. And it’s about 30 stories high – not much of a skyscraper by today’s comparison.

  14. Wow! The difference between the nature photos and this phot of a human made structure…wonderful!

  15. rlovison says:

    Beautiful capture… well done!

  16. susan – I do take photos of things other than nature, though they tend to get crowded out this time of year! 🙂

    riovision – thanks for commenting. I love your gallery.

  17. I think a Squiggley Building is a good name.

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