Last week and yesterday

LAST WEEK

For several days last week, my spare time was spent getting the Christmas decorations together.

This is just one of the results:

The red and green wreath from last year was ttoally revamped, using gold-leafed pears, small gol and deep green balls, and gold-tipped large pine cones. The old red and green lights were replaced with warm white LED lights, which use about 4.5 watts per 50-light string...I'm very happy I purchased them!

The red and green wreath from last year was totally revamped, using gold-leafed pears, small gold and deep green balls, and gold-tipped large pine cones.
The old red and green lights were replaced with warm white LED lights, which use about 4.5 watts per 50-light string…I’m very happy I purchased them!

Some close-ups:

Gold-Green Wreath-2

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YESTERDAY

It had been quite foggy for several days, but yesterday’s was the thickest.

04DEC2013 Fog-1

Thrilled with being able to take the time to go out and photograph a few things, I walked over to Sherwin Beach to see the effect of fog at the shore.

04DEC2013 Fog-2

Just to the south is the veranda of 1205 W. Sherwin Avenue, a beautiful spot to look at the lake which had virtually disappeared.

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Finally, I headed back home, but not before photographing my own window.

The lights were wrapped around the wreath intentionally...and it's great that it can be seen quite well, even at mid-afternoon, so that all can share the beauty of the Christmas season!

The lights were wrapped around the wreath intentionally…and it’s great that it can be seen quite well, even at mid-afternoon, so that all can share the beauty of the Christmas season!

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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!