After doing quite a bit of Spring cleaning…

…you know, the easy stuff like a closet, floors, a shelf unit, sorting paperwork.

Bored with that, I decided to take a walk to the lake shore.

Silly girl!

Though the sun had popped out a bit earlier, the biting wind was straight off the lake, blowing about 12 mph, and the waves were roaring!

I made my way to a red canoe which was somewhat out of the wind, thinking,

“Someone’s a bit early preparing to get out on the water, aren’t they?”

Red Canoe-1

It looked so pretty against a bluish sky, so I walked on over.

Much to my surprise, it looked like this:

Quite full of water!

Quite full of water!

 

REALLY quite full of water!

REALLY quite full of water!

Well, at least it doesn’t leak!

Before the ‘storm’

Last Sunday was bright and beautiful!

Pine trees shade the leftover snow in the parking lot below

Pine trees shade the leftover snow in the parking lot below

After seeing this from my window, the inviting sunshine gave me an excuse to take a break from Spring cleaning and go for a short walk to the lake.

My favorite place, backed by huge hills of frozen wave splash, and faraway clouds looking like mountains!

My favorite place, backed by huge hills of frozen wave splash, and faraway clouds looking like mountains!

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Though it was moderately cold, even the gulls basked in the sun, which had gone missing most of the Winter!

Though it was moderately cold, even the gulls basked in the sun, which had gone missing most of the Winter!

A Monday extra…

…to begin the week right!

I managed to get over to the lake during my mile-long walk yesterday afternoon.  These were taken from the very end of Birchwood Avenue, which has no beach…and yes, it WAS cold, bit the sun felt great!

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The Shore, the first
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The three ‘spots’ on the horizon are the northside water cribs.  All the City of Chicago’s water comes from that far out in the lake, something like 5 or 6 miles!

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The Shore, the second
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A Walk IN the Lake: Part 4

As you recall, I was trying to get here…

1205 Sherwin Beach Terrace

…to 1205 W. Sherwin’s private beach.  I have friends who live there, but was unsure if I could get through the gate on the other side.  I looked at the fence which goes down to the water…

More Ice to Sherwin Beach

…and decided I didn’t really care to be slipping on ice that far from a building, where no one could hear a call for help.  I continued to walk up the sands, to the next building south, and found these overturned boats lined up, waiting for Spring to arrive.

Overturned Boats

I have photographed this area often…from the opposite direction, to give you ‘peeks’ at the lake.  This part of the beach actually belonged to my building when it was first erected as a hotel in 1926, to give its patrons access to Lake Michigan.  The building to the south is three properties away from my own, and I was quite surprised to find this nice, peaceful view:

Peaceful Place

I also wasn’t aware of this wonderful sitting area…

...complete with an outdoor fire pit for those cool lakeside evenings!  Surprisingly, it is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat...

…complete with an outdoor fire pit for those cool lakeside evenings! Surprisingly, it is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat

...and it's nice to know that people care about the many animals that frequent the beach.  I sat and rested a bit, guiltily wishing I could be here on a warm night, watching the planes fly in over the lake on their way to O'Hare airport!

…and it’s nice to know that people care about the many animals that frequent the beach. I sat and rested a bit, guiltily wishing I could be here on a warm night, watching the planes fly in over the lake on their way to O’Hare airport!

I was getting chilled, and had to figure out how I’d get back to the street.  Walking through the gated courtyard, I noticed the doors were a simple thumb latch, but I didn’t want to trespass either section of the building.

I moved on, and found this…

...perhaps it's a pelican attempting to swallow a large fish?  It was made of stone and looked as if it was carved free-hand style...interesting!

…perhaps it’s a pelican attempting to swallow a large fish? It was made of stone and looked as if it was carved free-hand style, smoothed on this side, but rough on the back side…interesting, almost!

I walked on, saying “Thank you and goodbye!” to these two little ‘garden friends’

Tiny Garden Friends

…breathing a heavy sigh of relief when I saw that the locked gate could be opened from the inside!

I was home free…well almost, just a few buildings away!

I’m pleased I could give you this little tour of walking IN the lake…which I’ll probably never get the chance to do again…as I don’t perceive many changes in the surroundings!

A Walk IN the Lake: Part 3

Before I began the trek along the not-normally-visible sands, I stepped back and captured these short pier stumps, heavily eroded because they are usually under the fast-moving waves of Lake Michigan:Short Remnants and Boulders

I cringed a bit as I looked at the icy path ahead…should I, or shouldn’t I, I thought, then…ah, well…no guts, no glory!

Icy Path Ahead

It was easy walking on the sands, they weren’t even frozen…but as you see, I had to make my way over some ice and through some boulders.  It got a little hairy, as I use a cane, which kept slipping.  It took a bit of poking around to find a place of purchase, and I moved on slowly until I was half the way to my goal, Sherwin Avenue Beach.

Halfway-Chase and Sherwin

I don’t know how long these boulders have been here, or from where they came, but they become somewhat mesmerizing when all you’re doing is looking down!

The ice was a little slippery, and I truly thought at this point that I should head back…but, NO!, said that voice in my head…Keep going!…so I did!

This is the view toward Sherwin Beach's fence line; the area you see is a private beach, which belongs to this place, 1205 W. Sherwan Avenue.

This is the view toward Sherwin Beach’s fence line; the area beyond is a private beach, which belongs to this place, 1205 W. Sherwin Avenue.

1205 Sherwin Private BeachIt was difficult getting around those boulders…some were not as close as others, so I stepped very carefully.  Here’s why they fascinate me so much:

Some are rough, others quite smoothed by the action of the waves.

Some are rough, others quite smoothed by the action of the waves.

I took one last shot of the frozen wave splash and ice on the lake, then enjoyed walking in the sands for a bit…there was no wind or lake noise, only an occasional gull or two doing their squawking.  I was very alone, cold, and happy I made it over the first icy patch!

Lake-Ice-Frozen Wave Splash

Stay tuned for Part 4!

A Walk IN the Lake: Part 2

When I first arrived at Leone Beach, I was struck by the beauty of the frozen wave splash, which had created a tiny, white ‘mountain range’ along the shore!

Frozen Wave Splash

I had wanted some ‘quiet time’, just to think for a bit in silence, and I certainly found it at my favorite spot–the pier remnants!

Pier Remnants

I noticed that the lake had receded due to the frozen wave splash, so I decided to ‘take a walk IN the lake’!

Here's my image of 'straddling' the pier remnants...normally, I would be standing in several feet of water!

Here’s my image of ‘straddling’ the pier remnants…normally, I would be standing in several feet of water!

I walked on, and captured ‘the other side’ of the remnants, which I had never been able to see fully…and it was a great thrill, believe me!

The Other Side-Wide

Here’s a closer look at that camera left section…frozen stiff and away from the water (unless this GREAT lake begins acting up again?):

The Other Side

I’ll have at least TWO more parts to this exciting (and a bit dangerous!) saga, as soon as I’ve edited another twenty-some images.

Thanks for walking with me!