It’s been BRRR!

Condensation on my windows has been a real problem this year, and because it’s been such a very cold Autumn-into-Winter season here in Chicago, most days the windows have been iced up, perhaps because I was very thorough when caulking…but then, there are no drafts at all!

Yet, the iciness is truly fascinating.

I hope you’ll agree?

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09DEC2013 Window Ice-4

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09DEC2013 Window Ice-1 WM

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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!

The Shore, the first17FEB2013

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 second17FEB2013

The Shore, the second
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From my window: Yesterday…

…in mid-afternoon, the world turned white again!

Snow 07FEB2012-1

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Snow 07FEB2012-2

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After rain yesterday morning, the sleet, then freezing rain took over.  Just before 4 PM (CST), the snow began.  “They” forecast a blizzard (NOT), as the winds were never  near 35mph, and though it snowed heavily, it did not produce ‘white-out’ conditions for over 3 hours–THAT’S what makes a blizzard!

It was very pretty, but I knew it would be challenge making it to my appointments today…and it was!

Chicagoans are very silly people when it snows, as they figure it will melt eventually, so why bother getting out there to shovel!

Icy Slop-1

Half the time, I had to walk in the street, or through five inches of snow at the side of the walk.  It’s as if most of these people never heard of ROCK SALT or other ice-melting products…or maybe they’re just lazy and cheap!

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Some walkways had been cleared (and salted!) so nicely; others were thick with ice (it all was re-freezing), and rutted with other people’s boot prints…truly treacherous for this old gal and her trusty cane!

Because I walked slowly and carefully to the train three blocks away, I took advantage of that by stopping to get some shots.  Here are close-ups of this icy mix on a neighbor’s Arbor Vitae:

Arbor Vitae and Ice, the first

Arbor Vitae and Ice, the first

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Arbor Vitae and Ice, the second

Arbor Vitae and Ice, the second

A few inches…

…of new snow can really change the world around us!  Though drivers here in Chicago hate snow, I (not being a driver, more of a walker/public transit-type) LOVE it!

Here’s what my favorite spot at the lake looked like yesterday afternoon:

Snow and Lake-1 Speckle Grain Texture

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Snow and Lake-2 Speckle Grain Texture

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Snow and Lake-3 Speckle Grain Texture

The snow was so very ‘bright white’, I hope you don’t mind that I added a dusting of Speckled Grain Texture, which really enhances the overall images!

All the white got pretty boring, and you could not really see that the snow had been blown about!

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 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!