Oops! See update to this post, Sometimes you just see what you want to see!
Not a great picture. But then, it was taken from a speeding car (there is no option NOT to speed on the freeways in Chicago!) and then zoomed to the max so that I could show you what has become sort of a “landmark” for me when we drive through Chicago. I first noticed this chimney about a year ago and have been trying to get a picture of it every since.
Do you see it? The chimney in the middle of the picture? I know you might think there is just a tree behind it, but that isn’t it! Those are branches sticking out of the top of the chimney!
I can’t imagine (or I don’t want to imagine) a bird big enough to have hauled branches that big to the chimney to make a nest, so I wonder if it didn’t start out as just a regular bird’s nest and then, over the years, “went to seed” and has actually grown some branches of its own! The only other scenario that I can think of is that it is on an abandoned house that has a tree growing up through its chimney!
However it happened, this unusual sight is one I always look for because it fascinates me.
Assuming it’s on an abandoned house right now, I hope that if it’s ever renovated and rented out the renovators think to clean out the chimney! Otherwise, I can imagine a new tenant’s last words being, “I think I’ll try out the fireplace!”