Wintry Beauty

Dusk.  Lake Michigan.  Frozen waves.  Two days after a storm dumped 9 inches of snow on Chicago.  Just another work commute.

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By the time I made my way up the trail, the sun had finished setting.  As you can see, despite the heaps of snow, the trail itself is totally clear – plowed and salted.

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There is something about bicycling outside on a particularly beautiful winter day that gets me every time.  During these magical moments, no other season can compare.

This is a reminder to enjoy and appreciate the wintry beauty while we can, even while excited for spring.

{A different look at the beauty of wintry Lake Michigan two years ago.}

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  • steve_a_dfw

    Personally, I’m not ready to call that tall building the Willis Tower anytime soon…

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Sears Tower 4-ever! The pictured building is actually the Hancock, which looks a lot like the Sears with its antennae.

  • steve_a_dfw

    Personally, I’m not ready to call that tall building the Willis Tower anytime soon…

  • sophia

    “There is something about bicycling outside on a particularly beautiful winter day that gets me every time. During these magical moments, no other season can compare.”

    I agree one hundred percent! This is my first winter away from Chicago; thanks for giving me a cyclist’s view of the city.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Glad I could bring a bit of Chicago to you. Where are you now and do you miss Chicago a lot?

      • sophia

        I am in Sweden, and I get to use fantastic biking infrastructure with great views…but I do still miss Chicago because it was home for quite awhile and it is a great city. It was also where I developed my appreciation for bicycles. :)

  • guy

    Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing a vision that commuters in cars, buses and trains never get to appriciate. To quote Ferris Bueller: “Life moves fast, sometimes you need to stop and look around” Can you tell I watched the movie again last night?

    • guy

      Oops, that’s appreciate, sorry.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Indeed, I try to remember those words of the great philosopher Bueller. He certainly knew how to stop and appreciate the beauty of Chicago. :)

    • http://myaudienceisowls.blogspot.com/ Dottie

      Indeed, I try to remember those words of the great philosopher Bueller. He certainly knew how to stop and appreciate the beauty of Chicago. :)

  • http://twitter.com/lovelybicycle Lovely Bicycle!

    Unbelievable that such a remote-looking wintry landscape is right in the middle of the city. Thanks for the beautiful photos Dottie.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      I love that effect – turn one way and it’s a frozen tundra, tun the other way and it’s highway and skyscrapers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36906757 Fred Smith

    Beautiful pictures, it’s like a magical landscape. The only reason I’m not jealous is that it looks so cold!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Well yes, there is that coldness to worry about. :)

  • http://twitter.com/hyedie Hyedie Hashimoto

    To echo everyone else, these photos are beautiful! I love the pink glow the setting sun casts on the snow. I also love the picture of the ferris wheel all lit up!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Thank you! The pink glow is what inspired me to stop for a moment and enjoy the beauty of it all.

  • Hyedie

    To echo everyone else, these photos are beautiful! I love the pink glow the setting sun casts on the snow. I also love the picture of the ferris wheel all lit up!