Like any big city, there are many reasons to fall out of love. I sometimes feel this way when the congestion, weather, crime, "fill in the blank" gets on my nerves here in Chicago. And then a day like yesterday comes along.
I spent the majority of the day along the lakefront walking in the parks, the zoo and along the edge of the water. The weather was glorious, and I was thrilled to be able to live in this great city. I fell in love again.
I'm also continually impressed by the creative options available to me via my iPhone and the images I can capture with it. A photo often stands on its own merit, but there's something I love about taking a photo and manipulating it to either create a new image entirely, or enhance and alter the captured image into something more representative of what I saw with more than my eyes. Feelings and emotions are attached to any photo I capture and I enjoy finding ways to visualize them.
This photo struck me for its vantage point offering a large skyline view of downtown Chicago with the harbor filled with boats in the foreground. This really captures what Chicago is all about. It's a magnificent city of towering skyscrapers poised on the edge of a large body of water with countless beaches. The relationship between the work and progress in the buildings versus the activities on the lakefront is very different. However, those same people in those buildings are the ones out on that lakefront. As opposite as they may seem, the city and the lake truly balance all who live here.