Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Photo Essay: Fall at the Beach

I love that living in Chicago means the beach is not only about summer.

Here's the concession stand at the Rogers Park Beach in October.

Here's that same stand a few weeks later. At the lake the leaves blow off fast, and the beach is getting ready for winter: See the half-completed snow fence to the right.

A few steps farther on, a look back: empty trees and poles in the sand for the snow fence.

Lovely combination, isn't it? Golden Ginko leaves and powdery sand.

The full fall panorama with the pale of the sand in October.

The light is still blinding at the beach, especially now when the sun hangs lower, but if you look closely, you can see the silhouettes of the downtown skyscrapers framed between the tree and the buildings in the foreground.

Even as we're enjoying the beach in the fall, there are still reminders of summer.


  1. Great pictures and a nice reminder that the beach is not only for summer. But the water looks so cold on a fall (or winter) day. Especially when the wind slaps the waves ashore.

  2. Such great pictures!!!!! I especially loved the final one- spoke volumes as I was looking at it...it could be the start of a great novel.

  3. Nancy - most of the days when I took those pictures the water was actually still rather tepid. After the summer it takes a while to cool off again.

    Anjuli - yes, those discarded flip flops have a story, don't they?

  4. Very sweet. I love the beautiful loneliness of the beach when all the holiday-makers have gone home.