|Total Shots taken||116|
|Number Acceptable for Future activity||41|
|Number of 5 star ratings (5* yield %)||19 (16.4%)|
As I looked out my window this wintry afternoon, staring at the angry lake – wind blowing in from the east, creating big waves with whitecaps, I was reminded of another windy morning where the lake had similar whitecaps…. But that day was different — it was a summer day, and the surfers were out. So, as a counter point to today, when we had the season’s first real snow in Chicago, I thought I would share my pix of some “windy city” surfers.
I can usually see the surfers from my kitchen window, and it was a great surprise to me when I saw the surfers in Lake Michigan. I cancelled my plans for a 5 mile walk and instead, embraced the photo opportunity this presented.
- 5* Surfing Day – This day was at the end of the summer, and the cloudy sky, somewhat overcast in nature, was a prominent feature as well. It wouldn’t be right to show the surfers, but not show how the morning sky looked, and how the conditions for this morning of surfing appeared.
- Getting Ready – Over time, I learned that when a surfer prepared to catch a wave, he or she crouched first on the board, and then stood to take the wave head on. This surfer looks prepared to stand.
- Perfect Form? – Great form, I thought! I love the way the surfer is stretched out on the board. (I’m no surfer, so you surfers out there, let me know if this is great form or not!)
- Catching the Wave 1 – This colorfully dressed surfer made a striking figure in the water, especially in contrast to the others wearing black wetsuits. He caught some great waves, and the water droplets around him give it a magical look.
- Catching the Wave 2 – I loved this guy! I know it is the same one because he had the green surfboard. He made for great watching and photography. I especially loved the fact that you could see the crops of water leaving his hands and body.
- Long Day Surfing – I know I was taking photos for a couple of hours, and the surfers were out there a while before I arrived. I imagine that the surfers tired after a while as well. This photo, showing the silhouette of one surfer looking down and another, looking on, struck me as a time of rest. While I don’t know what they were thinking, my thought is that they were taking a much needed break after some exhilarating efforts.
Some people don’t believe there is surfing on Lake Michigan – these images are proof there is. I don’t know what I enjoyed more – finding out there is a surfing community in Chicago, or just taking the pictures. Either way, I had a HARD time selecting my 5* shots – I hope you thought I selected some gems.