… In the Eye of the Beholder

When I started writing this blog I said that I would be writing about and showing you things I consider to be beautiful. Yesterday when I was riding my bike, I thought about how beautiful the path I was rolling across was to me, then I laughed. You see, yesterday it was blowing snow here in Chicago and there was a lot of snow and ice on the places where I normally ride. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I want to show you a couple of photos. The first is the lovely Riverwalk along the Chicago River. Tourists come here and enjoy the view every day.

This is the riverwalk where I ride every day. Obviously there is no bike riding across this very pretty landscape.

This is the riverwalk where I ride every day. Obviously there is no bike riding across this very pretty landscape.

For a bike ride, however, this is treacherous terrain and not to be trifled with. Below is a photo of Lower Wacker Drive. It happens to be adjacent to the lovely Riverwalk, but as you can see it appears rather unseemly. It looks dark because it is ‘underground.’ The street lights are necessary during the day, too. Not very appealing compared with the pristine beauty of the Riverwalk. To this bike rider, however, Lower Wacker Drive is a thing of beauty. I can ride my bike there in any kind of weather and feel protected from snow and ice on the ground, falling rain and wind gusts that could blow me off my bike.

This is Lower Wacker Drive, not very pretty, but very protected from the elements

This is Lower Wacker Drive, not very pretty, but very protected from the elements. Absolutely beautiful!

If you use your imagination, you can see how beautiful Lower Wacker Drive is to this bike rider.

This is Lower Wacker adjacent to the Chicago Auto Pound, the fence on the right.

This is Lower Wacker adjacent to the Chicago Auto Pound, the fence on the right.

Tony

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Angry Skies Over Lake Michigan

I don’t know if it is just my imagination, but this sky today looked angry perhaps reflecting the violence of Sandy terrorizing the East Coast.

Even though we are hundreds of miles west of main storm activity, I found myself fighting 35 mph wind gusts on an early bike ride.

Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as they are forecasting for our friends and loved ones in the East. The power of nature is awesome indeed.

Tony

Overcast Morning Just Before Sunrise

This is what the sky looked like facing southeast this morning just before sunrise. The lights in the distance are the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. The dark clouds overhead hint at the turmoil in the air from Frankenstorm Sandy approaching the East Coast. Wind gusts hit to 30 miles per hour on my morning bike ride.

An awesome look at nature.

Tony