Foggy Morning on Chicago Lakefront

Yesterday’s storms were followed by fog this morning. As a cyclist I like fog because there is never a wind with a fog, so riding is always comfortable. It also made for same fascinating photos. Click on any photo to see full size.

This is DuSable Harbor facing south.

I shot the second photo a bit farther down the bike path. The lights in the distance are Monroe Harbor.

Monroe Harbor from the bike path.

Next is a short bike ride down to actually be in Monroe Harbor.

Monroe Harbor up close.

The final shot is farther south still of the Shedd Aquarium ringed by lights.

Shedd Aquarium ringed by lights.

These were all shot in the first light of day. I absolutely love the appearance of electric lights at this time.



Further Chicago Lakefront Fall Foliage

I called this further fall foliage because it is an additional set of foliage pics as well as the fact that these are all the result of riding my bike farther on the Chicago Lakefront bike path. Click on any pic to see full size.

This fork by the Museum Campus has a lovely array of fall colors

Super color with Lake Shore Drive as a backdrop

Downhill from the Field Museum

You have to ride to the Soldier Field Parking Lot to find this array of color with Lake Shore Drive behind it

Fall colors rock on Chicago’s Lakefront.


Clouds Over Lake Michigan

The open expanse of Lake Michigan offers some stunning views of clouds. Some of these are from bike rides. As always you can click on a pic to see it full size.

This is 12th St. Beach

This is a storm that blew over Chicago and now rests over the lake at sunrise

I thought these clouds looked like gravel in the sky over 12th St. Beach

This is Monroe Harbor


Lake Michigan Panorama

I am fortunate to live in a high rise building overlooking Lake Michigan. Regular readers have already seen a number of sunrises I have shot looking out my window in the morning.

Herewith my first panorama of Lake Michigan from my window with my new iPhone. I don’t know about you, but I am blown away by the technology that we carry around in our pockets these days. I still can’t get over the fact that the GPS device in my car knows where I am on Planet Earth within about 10 feet.

On the extreme left if Navy Pier and on the extreme right the Adler Planetarium (Click on photo for full size)


Early October Chicago Sunrises Over the Lake

We have had some dramatic sunrises so far this month. Here are a few of them:

All this and full Fall foliage, too.

Life is good.


A Chicago Lakefront Bike Ride

I made this video a couple of years ago when I got my first iPhone. I was so thrilled to have a camcorder with me on rides, I decided to make a video riding a bicycle ride along the lakefront.

I hope you can get a feel for riding along with me on the bike. That’s Willie Nelson on the soundtrack.


Lovely Fall Day for Lakefront Biking

I shot these photos yesterday on what may have been one of the best days of the year for riding a bike. Temp remained in the mid 60s and the wind wasn’t crazy.

This is what it looked like just before sunrise.

It was red in the morning, but no sailor’s warning was needed.

After walking poochie we got out on the bike.

I thought The Riverwalk looked especially inviting.

This frosted treetop is down by the Museum Campus.

In the background you can see the Willis Tower on the left and the Hancock Building on the right.

I retired on October 2 some years ago so this was the final, but one, day of my bicycling year.


Epic Travel Ad on Sightseeing Bus – Part Two

Although I have never worked in advertising, I have always enjoyed a good ad. The industry mobilizes a great deal of creativity on a global basis, sight, sound, the works.

Here is another great ad I ran across on my bike ride this morning. Two weeks ago I posted this one.

Click on the pic for full size.

Like the first photo there is the riot of brilliant color which by no small coincidence is perfectly in time for the coming changing of the leaves here in the Midwest. I also thought that the color tones are perfectly autumnal.

I left more of the sky in the shot because I thought the clouds were especially cool

Love this ad!


Fall Foliage Near Downtown Chicago

Here are a couple of examples of fall foliage that we can see in downtown Chicago at the Lakefront. I shot both of these on South Columbus Drive just one street east of the famous Michigan Avenue.

Doesn’t it look like these trees are being ‘frosted’ like a bunch of cupcakes?

I especially like the ‘frosted’ effect on both of these photos. Where the leaves look like they were partially frosted, but the job isn’t complete yet.

South Columbus Drive is the staging area for parades, like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo.

I got these riding my bike Saturday.


Einstein on His Bicycle

I have this poster three feet high framed in my living room. I absolutely love it. Einstein looks like he is having the kind of enjoyment that a child gets out of riding a bike. I feel good every time I look at it. That is also exactly how I feel when riding my bicycle.

Joy in motion

I found the following quotes on the Argonauts website.

I thought of that while riding my bicycle – Albert Einstein on The Theory of Relativity

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving ~ Albert Einstein

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race. ~ H.G. Wells

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. ~ H.G. Wells

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood. ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896

Poochie and me on Northerly Island in Chicago

And, of course, Mark Twain’s “Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.” 1884