Friday, September 23, 2011

Photo Essay: End of Summer

Does anything say "end of summer" better than an overturned lifeguard chair? Yesterday was the official end of summer, according to the calendar.

Some mornings I drive my kids to their high school on the northside of Chicago, and on the way back I go for a walk along this beach in Rogers Park. I thus avoid rush hour traffic on Lake Shore Drive, and blow oxygen into my brain. And I get to enjoy beach life on a sunny day like this, even if the lifeguards have packed up, and there's a nip in the air. The lighthouse is an old friend, and so are the sand and the waves, and the wide open view of the horizon, something I always long for, and something I miss from our long road trip out west.


And sometimes it is warm enough, even at the end of summer, to lie down in the sand for a while, and listen to the waves, and observe the footprint view.


Here the pebbles are rounded and well washed, as compared with the more rough cut rocks out west.


A long stone bench runs along the walkway, and every summer people can sign up to paint a section any way they want.


Before turning back into the city a playground figure affords this last view of the beach. Soon, I assume, they will carry the lifeguard chair away and store it for the next summer.

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures. It must be nice to be able to walk the beach everyday.

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  2. Kelly - I wish it was every day but I'm lucky if I manage once a week.

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  3. Such beautifully relaxing pictures- I do so love the beach. I loved your choices of pictures- each one seemed to capture some form of relaxation.

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