Roughly a foot of snow fell in Chicago last night, and it’s still coming down: we’re predicted to get another 3 to 5 inches today. Oy! My car is safe in the University garage, but I ain’t driving anywhere, even though I need groceries, for the roads are nearly impassible. The University has canceled live classes, and this being Chicago, they don’t do that very often!
First some photos of snow before yesterday.
As I’ve reported, a few intrepid mallards hung around Botany Pond until about ten days ago, when the pond froze over except for a few square feet of water around the bubbler. I call them the “snow ducks”, and there were about five. Here are two of them eating duck pellets in the snow. I could not bear to leave them unfed when they came here expressly to get noms.
When you eat from the snow, your bill gets covered. This photo and the video above were taken on February 4, one of the last days we saw the ducks. I’m worried about them as well as all the others who were here last summer. This one, I believe, is Lara, whose partner was a drake named Yuri.
The next four photos were taken yesterday. What you’re looking at is Botany Pond, completely covered with ice and snow. Not hospitable for ducks! The small opening in the snow at about eight o’clock is the opening created by the bubbler that aerates the pond.
The main quad of campus yesterday afternoon, when the snow was falling only lightly:
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, which I pass on my way to and from work each day. Built between 1909 and 1910, it’s one of the most famous pieces of modern American architecture and an exemplar of Prairie School architecture. The Robies moved out soon after moving in, and it’s now owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It was once a dormitory for students here, and owned at that time by the University of Chicago. It then housed University offices, and finally was renovated and given over to the Wright Foundation.
A shot of the snow-covered roofs:
When I left for work early this morning, the streets were deep in snow, and woe to those who left their cars on the street. They’ll either have to dig them out or wait for a thaw. Fortunately, I had the foresight to put my car in the enclosed University garage when I heard snow was coming a week ago.
Walking to work. It was a slog today, but not the worst I’ve had. In a few places on campus the snow was deep: up to my knees and higher.
WHO’S a good boy????
Snow up to my knees! Before taking this picture, I fell, so I had snow up to my thighs, too.
Facing campus; the tower is Saleh Hall, which houses Business and Econ. It used to be a theological seminary.
An outdoor dining table near my building. The depth of the snow is evident:
Who’s a good boy? Ten to one I’ll be the only person in the Zoology Building today.