Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Chicago dyes the river green for St. Patrick's Day. An orange powder us used and it changes the whole river to an intense green color as it blends. Here's a link to a one-minute, time-lapse video from the Chicago Tribune: www.chicagotribune.com/video/?slug=chi-031508green-river-wn

  • bitznbitez ( was lucias_clay ) PRO 7y

    How totally and completely "Chicago".

    Great shot.


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  • Sue 7y

    Oh my gosh...that's totally crazy!!!! I bet there was lots 'o green beer flowing this weekend, too! Great shot!
  • Matt Maldre PRO 7y

    What time did they finally dump the dye into the river?
  • bluemarla 7y

    Hey spudart, I think it was about 10:45 when they started. It took longer than I thought to really get the green color distributed- several passes by the boats and lots of photo opportunities!

    lucias and sue, thanks for checking this out!
  • Beth 7y

    That is too funny. Thanks for showing the rest of us what crazy things go on in Chicago :)
  • Matt Maldre PRO 7y

    bluemaria-- thanks! I have a couple friends who attended the festivities, there were there at 10:15am and nothing was happening so they left at 11:30am. :-\
    Thanks for sharing your great pics!
  • bluemarla 7y

    spudart- I read the post and maybe they were at the wrong location? The dye was put into the river between the Michigan Ave and Columbus bridges.

    Beth- it was crazy and lots of fun and everyone walking around was dressed in green and having a great time.
  • Amysplants 7y

    The Saturday evening news on ABC had a story on this annual event.
    Years ago some plumbers noticed how the powder they use to detect leaks turns water green. So plumbers are in those boats for St. Patrick's Day dispensing the orange powder. It was an intense electric green on TV!
  • bluemarla 7y

    I wondered why the plumbers were the ones on the boat putting the powder into the water!
  • Ken Ilio PRO 7y

    I love the curve formed by the wake.

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  • SparkyLeigh 7y

    I too saw this on the nightly news-- sure a crazy thing to do!

    (I hope the dye does not harm the life living in the water)

    RE: "Can I ask where on the Big Island you took this photo? I am planning a trip there soon and would love to find some geckos."

    I took the geckos and bees feeding on nectar blossoms from the deck of my upper lanai. There are two main types of geckos and also the anole lizard. The geckos are everywhere on the islands. In recent years one variety of the geckos, the Madagascar kind that are in my photo, have gone from rare to the most common in just the past 10 years.

    They are sometimes called Day-geckos because they show themselves broadly in the daytime, the other geckos rarely do. The Madagascar's eat the young of other lizards and are very aggressive that way... they will eat honey out of your hand once they know you.

    I have many of them in and outside my house. One of them shows up next to my desk here each morning to lick the milk drops leftover in my granola cereal bowl- only inches from my keyboard here.
  • Becca James 7y

    This is so neat! I loved the video!
  • myleftthumb 7y

    hope it was a good one!
  • photo fiddler PRO 7y

    This looks even greener than you showed us last year!
  • KevinEdge PRO 7y

    Excellent shot! Boy this is really some greeny goodness!
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