No matter how many times I travel along Chicago’s famed Lake Shore Drive on my regular commute, I am constantly amazed at how it changes, how different it looks from week to week (sometimes, from day to day). This past week, the starring feature was the ice covered pier light stand. It stood alone, covered with windblown ice, shaped by the waves splashing over the shores. Arrestingly beautiful.
I knew I had to see it up close, with my camera. I hope you enjoy these 5* images.
- I Stand Alone – Hard to do this one justice. When I look at this, I see a figure flaunting her beauty and sass for the world to see. Love it!
- Looking up – When you see something like this fabulous ice sculpture, you have to try to look at it from all sides. I didn’t spend much time under it, because the ice was melting — icicles fell from above right after i moved away. But I liked seeing the icicles coming through the floor of the light stand. Imagine how cold the driving wind must have been to achieve this effect with the icicles.
- Echoes of an Ice Sculpture – I wanted to capture the juxtaposition of the frozen over pier light with its nearly naked counterpart, and wispy smoke rising from the smokestacks in the far background. I liked the imagery and the way they resonate with each other.
- Real Close – The sun played with us this day, going back and forth behind the clouds. At this point, the sun was out, and the sky was a wonderful blue, contrasting with the ice. Water glistened in the sunlight as it dropped from the end of the icicles.
- From Afar – ‘This is the sight that captured my attention from the bus while riding along Lake Shore Drive. I could see the structure outlined against the lake and horizon with the golden hued ground providing a nice contrast. It drew me in, and once I saw this, I was determined to go out with the camera.
I hope you enjoyed these 5* images – they were taken on Sunday. Today, Thursday, this spectacular exhibit is over – ice is gone, the brown grass is now green.