Who's the biggest clown on the Cascade River?
Me, with the dog who just does not know how to smile for the camera? The worlds' biggest cedar tree meets the worlds's most stubborn poodle. Note my iron grasp of her collar. The poodle wins. It's not like I was going to toss her into the torrent.
Or is the biggest clown me, all alone and crossing this nearly flooded and frozen bit of Superior Hiking Trail? I took the picture thinking, in part, "If I fall through and die, and if they find the camera, at least they'll know where the accident occurred."
No, the biggest clown on the Cascade River is this dude, painted on the County Road 45 bridge. Cook County really does have artists! This clown captures the lassitude of youth along with the vibrance of hydrology. Its lack of humor, combined with classic clown colors, is a statement about the clash of expectations and reality in rural communities.
Or something like that.