I was too busy watching the Chicago Blackhawks win their fifth Stanley Cup championship, defeating the Boston Bruins on a couple of insane last-minute goals. Hockey is bad for your heart, folks. Anyway, because of that, I wasn’t able to write up my usual anime news roundup (recaps: STUFF WENT DOWN). I did have some good stuff too, but you’ll never know. Instead, I decided to share some photos of my trip to Chicago’s Botanic Gardens. My traveling companion this time is figma Sunred, the world’s worst superhero.
I bought this figma in the first place because I thought the character design was hilarious. He certainly looks like a terrible superhero, wearing only a mask with overly casual clothes and flip-flops (bare feet are an option too). Since I’m not so experienced with outdoors figure photography, I decided to start with a humorous character instead of some elaborate static figure.
The Botanic Garden is certainly full of interesting objects, such as this bronze sculpture of a goose. It was part of a larger display of several geese in flight. I thought it would be funny to show Sunred riding one of these, but it was difficult to pose him in such a way as his hip and shoulder joints are somewhat restricted by his clothing. A rather large family walked by, probably wondering what I was trying to do with an action figure and the goose statue. Awkward…
After the goose escapade, I walked around looking for something interesting to pose Red-san next to. I found this cool tabletop in the middle of Evening Island. The pattern caught the light in a cool way as it was slightly wet with rainwater. Originally I intended to show Red-san drinking his beer, but I found that the hand part holding the beer had detached from the beer can. Fukou da!!
Red-san in a moment of contemplation. Fortunately his cigarette hand survived the trip.
I was hoping to get some of the twilight colors in these shots, but they were too muted due to the overcast sky. I did the entire shoot with my 100mm macro lens. It’s a versatile lens in the field, though sometimes I do wish I had a standard zoom.
Next I went to another island where they tested the viability of various plants in the Midwest climate. There they had a huge sundial, so I decided to put Red-san in there. He fell off on my first try, to my utter terror, as it was about a four foot drop onto concrete. Fortunately the figure wasn’t damaged.
After doing the sundial, I had been walking around for over two hours, so I decided to wrap up my day at the Japanese garden. It was actually an impressive display – a well-designed meander through various arrangements of Japanese pines. There was also an outdoor contemplation garden, and a shoin-zukuri style house. I thought it would be amusing to have some shenanigans with the stone lanterns.
… and that’s what happens when you crawl into a lantern.