Sometimes I get excited about dumb things. Case in point:
I love the Sunsphere.
I know, I know, what's not to love? It's tall, it's shiny, it's shaped like a penis, it's been on "The Simpsons"... how could you not love it? I'm being a little sarcastic, but I really do have a little tiny bit of civic pride toward the Sunsphere. When I think about what I like about living here, and things in the city I love and think people should visit when they come here, I think of the Sunsphere. Also, in a more practical sense, it helps me not to get lost downtown. If I get turned around or confused about directions, I'm fine once I figure out which way the Sunsphere is.
As a visual driver with a poor sense of direction, you have no idea how important this is to me.
Since I love the Sunsphere, I have a lot of pictures of it, and that's where I kind of ran into a problem: visually, it's not that interesting, and there are only so many ways you can work with it.
You can get some distance:
or get really close:
You can even get inside:
You can put stuff alongside it, like flags:
There's also the option of different times of day. For example, Sunsphere at sunset:
Sunsphere in the dark:
and Sunsphere with weird night filter settings on your camera:
In the end, though, the Sunsphere is still the Sunsphere, and all of your pictures of it eventually start to look the same. That's why I was so excited yesterday to suddenly discover a new angle that I hadn't previously considered:
It's a picture of the Sunsphere that the Sunsphere isn't actually in. Suddenly everything old is new again, and it's like the very first time I saw the Sunsphere in all of its tall, shiny glory.
I love you, Sunsphere, and I'm glad you live in my city.