The Lake Shore View: Lake Michigan's Natural 'Fountains' - Plus Ducklings!

First, I want to give a shout-out to all the folks who have been showing the love for the photos I've been posting on this blog. I love taking pictures, and we are blessed both with an astounding view from our apartment and, with Lake Michigan just yards away, some of the most beautiful scenery you will find in any ginormous city anywhere. Thanks, and if you promise to keep reading Cooler on the Lake Shore, I promise to keep my camera busy.

To wit, the most gorgeous day in weeks -- thanks to the cool front that finally knocked the heat wave a few hundred miles south -- prompted Barb and me to take a walk by the lake this morning. With a stiff breeze roiling the waters, we expected to find waves crashing along the serrated waterfront between Belmont Harbor and North Street Beach (and I've got some nice photos I'll publish below). But first, we were delighted by a totally unexpected sighting in the harbor.

Ducklings.

My understanding was that most wild ducks are born around here in the spring, so we were disappointed that we didn't see any. Until today, that is.

Ducklings in Chicago's Belmont Harbor July 8 2012

Ducklings in Chicago's Belmont Harbor July 8 2012

Ducklings in Chicago's Belmont Harbor July 8 2012

Stoked by that big dose of cuteness, we headed on to brave what I like to call Chicago's "natural fountains." Long stretches of the lakefront have concrete breakwaters that are held in place by metal beams. This produces a beautiful spray whenever the lake is worked up and a wave hits the lakefront hard.

I think the photos below will express what I mean better than I can describe it. And lest you think I'm getting too heady about my photography skills, I freely admit that it's mostly about the equipment -- a Sony NEX-3 systems camera that I bought last summer when I realized that the place we moved to is one big photo op. What I especially love about these pictures is the way the camera captures water droplets mid-air without blurring.

I'm only going to post a sampling here, as I tend to get carried away. But if you want to see more, please let me know, as I could do another post or put together an album to which I could link.

Lake Michigan waves Chicago July 8 2012

Lake Michigan waves Chicago July 8 2012

Lake Michigan waves Chicago July 8 2012

Lake Michigan waves Chicago July 8 2012

Lake Michigan waves Chicago July 8 2012

Lake Michigan waves Chicago July 8 2012

Lake Michigan waves Chicago July 8 2012

My kind of town? Oh, yes, it is.

Chicago skyline July 8 2012

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