Saturday, April 19, 2014

Birds Stationed at the Former Glenview Navel Air Force Base

Birds Stationed at the Former Glenview Navel Air Force Base
© (2013) Photographs by Vicki PolinBy Joe Cocker - "Ain't No Sunshine

Went for a short stroll around what was once the Glenview Naval Air Air base. Since it closed they developed a nature trail.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Timberlake Park (March 2014)

© (2013) Photographs by Vicki Polin
By The Rolling Stones - "Time is on your side"

Got to stroll around Timberlake Park and capture winter on a very mild March day. 

The snow was still pretty deep and I kept sinking in, at times the snow went up to my knee. It was also pretty slippery due to the ice so I couldn't do my normal stroll.

Chicago Botanic Gardens in early March

Chicago Botanic Gardens in early March 
© (2013) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by The Beatles - Places I remember

Spent some time strolling through the Chicago Botanic Gardens on a warmer day early in March, 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wild Chicago in the Winter

© (2013) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by Christina Perri - "Thousand Years"

I was at both Gillson Park and Montrose Harbor and was amazed to see the wildlife.  I never saw wild swans at Gillson Beach before, let alone a huge hawk and opossum hanging out at Montrose Harbor.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Glencoe and Tower Beaches in the Winter

© (2013) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by Simon and Garfunkely - "Sounds of Silence"

It was a warmer winter day in the Chicagoland area when I decided to stop by at both Glencoe and Tower Beaches on the Northshore.

The lake was frozen over going about mile out, with icebergs frozen in place. I wish I go there a little earlier to capture the shadows as the sun set, yet I think these images tell a pretty good story.

Winter at the Chicago Botanic Garden

© (2013) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - "Ahi Wela - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

How I wish I could be in Hawaii, yet if you just use your imagination with these pictures you can almost feel the warmth of the sun.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Icebergs on Lake Michigan

© (2013) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by Sarah McLachlan - "I will remember you"

Even though it was bitterly cold, I had this strong desire to capture a few images of Lake Michigan. I couldn't go to my regular haunts due to the fact there were snow drifts wthat were over 2 feet deep, so I found two beaches where the snow wasn't so high.

At the time it was -13 with a windchill factor of -45 by the lake. It was absolutely beautiful. I wish I could have stayed longer, yet the temperature was getting to me and had to get inside my car to warm up again. BRRRRR it was cold!

South Blvd Beach - January 6, 2014 (Evanston, IL)

© (2013) Filmed by Vicki Polin

Who needs beaches in Miami, the Caribbean, Mexico, or Hawaii when you can bask in the sun on one of the beaches on Lake Michigan in Chicago?  

This was filmed on January 6, 2014.  It was a balmy -45 degrees (with the windchill factor) at South Blvd Beach in Evanston, IL

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Chi-beria's Northshore

Chi-beria's Northshore

© (2013) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by Zlotchover Rebbe's Niggun

I think everyone should take 10 minutes out and see the beauty that winter can offer in the Chicago area.  

I needed to make one last run to Trader Joe's before the arctic blast hit Chicago.  

I decided to take the long way so I could go out and capture images of the snowstorms of the last few days.  I really wanted to go out to the lake and get good images of the icebergs, yet when I got there the snow drifts went way above my knees and couldn't get as close as I wanted to, yet I did capture some brief movies of the water.  

Some of the places of interest included this film clip include the Skokie Sculpture Park, Grosse Point Lighthouse Beach, Bahai House of Worship and the Skokie Lagoons.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Welcoming in 2014 - Happy New Year!

© (2013) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by James Taylor - Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Years Everyone!

These are the first images that I took in 2014.  Chicago got hit by a snowstorm on New Years Eve that lasted until January 2, 2014.  I went out to capture some of the beauty the storm had to offer.