Whoosh! — 5* Pix

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One of my friends loves to sit by the lakefront where she can hear the water lapping up against the shore.  She says the rhythmic sounds are relaxing and peaceful for her.  Today’s images show the water not lapping up against the shore, but crashing against rocks and sandy beach with a decided and boisterous “whoosh!”  The white tipped waves had captured my wandering attention for most of the afternoon, and since I clearly wasn’t being productive, I opted to call for a spontaneous photo outing.  Hope you enjoy these 5* images of booming waves!


  • Promontory Point: I constantly go to this location when the waves are high, partially because it is such a beautiful site, but also because the grandeur of the waves colliding against the limestone blocks, the spray from the waves rising high, and reaching back into the lake.  (Another imposing view of Promontory Point on the morning of a recent ice storm can be seen here: Iced Over in the Windy City – 5* Pix )




  • Against the Pier (3): I was fascinated by the water crashing over the pier.  Where it poured over the edge, it looked like water falls.  Where it crashed against the edges, it created a huge spray that covered the protruding rails and the wooden planks – a fascinating study of motion, as shown in these three images.


  • Against the Shore: This image has large rocks in the foreground, and the southern tip of the city in the background, with the waves sandwiched in between.  The energetic movement of the water had captivated me all afternoon.  Hope you feel like you were out there with me!

That’s the thing about spring.  Any day can be wildly different from the day before.  As I write this, we are in the midst of spring rainstorms hitting the Midwest, taking out power for some, and leaving flooding conditions for others.    The lake is just as choppy, but since its overcast, not as pretty.  Enjoy these 5* images – if you try, you can hear the whoosh too!

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