Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January Thaw

Chicago River

Well, like most of the country, we've been experiencing slightly above average temperatures this past week. Our snow piles are slowly getting lower. But temperatures are still hovering around the freezing point. We may even see some low 40's by the weekend! I'm just loving the fact that I don't have to walk down the street with a scarf covering my face!

I shot this view of the Chicago River a couple days ago, with its ice layer breaking apart. It looked as though there should be penguins or polar bears somewhere out there, but alas, I saw none.

I try to get out of my office every day at lunch time, just to stretch my legs and to search for things to inspire me. I usually don't get Victorian inspirations, but I find interesting things to photograph! Here is a view out my office window a couple weeks ago. Not one of the more pleasant days to venture outside!

My office Jan 2010 v2

My office Jan 2010 v1

When it's below freezing, ice skaters are a regular sight in Millennium Park.

Ice Skaters in Millennium Park

The Crown Fountain displays changing faces on 2 gigantic monoliths. In summer, the faces spit out streams of water to cool off delighted children. In winter, I can almost see their breath!

Crown Fountain view 1

Crown Fountain view 2

Thaws can be deadly in downtown Chicago. Ice falling from the skyscrapers has been known to kill people on the sidewalks below.

Falling Ice Warning Sign

I hope everyone is having a fun and safe winter. Drive and walk carefully, stay warm, and enjoy any milder weather you get. It's not over yet!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Marilyn said...

Beautiful City Scapes!! We are just about the same here in NE Pa. Last night we had a couple of inches of snow... in fact the cinder truck just went by. I am sure getting weary of this weather!! I want some 70 degree weather....NOW!! LOL!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

January 20, 2010 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Dana and Daisy said...

i think I'll stay in Oklahoma this week. we are having pleasant days in the 60's for our highs!

January 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Marilyn-

I hear Hawaii is nice all the time. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like living somewhere like that!

Dana & Daisy-

Oh, 60's sound so good! We probably won't hit anything near that till April. Bummer.

-Pam

January 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

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