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Spring is certainly in the air. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a few photography outings – bird migration points and along the lakefront in Hyde Park. Much to my delight, I saw bright red cardinals in the North Pond bird migration point, as well as a red-winged blackbird. It’s still early spring, and the temperature swings widely from day to day, but the trend is there. Some trees barely have any buds, the grass has turned green, and flowers are beginning to pop. Some days, people just sit outside soaking up the sun. These images are taken from those days – hope you enjoy these 5* images.
- Cardinal Vantage Point: This cardinal seems to survey all around him (yes, it’s a ‘him’ because the males are the more colorful of the species). They move around so fast, it is hard to catch them, but it pays to be patient.
- Red-winged Blackbird: This small bird was hiding in the bare bushes. (to see a larger adult version, check this post, Montrose Harbor – Its All About the Birds – 5* Pix)
- On A Clear Day: On a bright sunshine filled day, Lake Michigan turns a beautiful blue green. The skyline is visible, and individual skyscrapers – the Willis (nee Sears) Tower, Aon Building, John Hancock Building and Lake Point Tower (far right, standing alone). I love this image with sun shining on the rocks in the foreground, the expanse of the lake and the skyline in the background.
- Sunday in the Park: Why let a warm, 75+ degree day go to waste? As you can see, lots of people didn’t! I loved the snippets of life in this image – the couple laying the grass, the guy on the bike in the foreground, the woman tending to the child in the stroller, guy singing along with the music from his device, the families strolling….there is a story that brought each to the lakefront to enjoy this fine spring day.
It’s official – with the abundant green grass and budding flowers and trees, spring is here in Chicago!