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A Chicago River Nightcap – Chicago, USA

 

Photo of the Day – A Chicago River Nightcap – Chicago, USA

Although often referred to as the second city, there is certainly one thing Chicago can boast above New York City – the epic Chicago River. The Chicago River perfectly slices into Chicago’s mass of high-rises and provides incredible points of view to truly feel the size of some of the World’s best architecture.

This was one of my first ever HDR photos – probably my 3rd ever actually. I think it does a pretty good job of showing off the towering lights that you can be submersed in while wandering the streets of downtown Chicago.

A Chicago River Nightcap - Chicago, USA
 

Tropical Chicago Beach View – Medal of Honor Park – Chicago, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Tropical Chicago Beach View – Medal of Honor Park – Chicago, USA

I landed back into Chicago at 2am last night after several weeks on the road working and traveling to two beautiful national parks (Yosemite & Grand Teton). Right now I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. Chicago during the summer is one of the most fun and beautiful places I’ve ever been. The city is very alive, with an endless number of activities going on every weekend that you can easily jump into.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to bike along the lake past the various beaches that make up the coast from my apartment on the north side of the city towards downtown. There is a small and somewhat hidden park that you can find right before you hit Navy Pier called Medal of Honor park. The park is never crowded and it offers some of the best views of the city, including a full length look at the famous Hancock Building rising above the “tropical” summer Chicago water.

Tropical Chicago Beach View - Medal of Honor Park - Chicago, USA
 

Sleeping Goose – North Pond Nature Sanctuary – Chicago, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Sleeping Goose – North Pond Nature Sanctuary – Chicago, USA

Sometimes the best pictures can be found right in your backyard. I spent some time practicing photographing animals at a pond near my apartment in Chicago prior to heading down to spend a week in the Galapagos earlier this year. While walking around the pond photographing lots of running squirrels and floating ducks, I ran into this sleeping goose staring down the barrel of my long 200mm lens. Ultimately I think I like this picture better than any of the 12,000 that I took while touring the Galapagos for 8 days back in February!

Sleeping Goose - North Pond Nature Sanctuary - Chicago, USA
 

A Michigan Avenue Christmas – Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

Photo of the Day – A Michigan Avenue Christmas – Chicago, Illinois, USA

On the same freezing December night that I captured this previous photo of the day (The Chicago Water Tower), I was crossing the street when I found this interesting vantage point.

As it was December, Michigan Avenue was lined with trees decorated for Christmas and there is, of course, a steady flow of traffic which you can see moving in both directions. Much like 5th Avenue in New York, there is certainly a buzz on Michigan Avenue around this time of year regardless of the temperature.

A Michigan Avenue Christmas - Chicago, Illinois, USA
 

Chicago Water Tower with Traffic Lights – Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Chicago Water Tower with Traffic Lights – Chicago, Illinois, USA

Along Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile there are several old buildings juxtaposed against a back drop of modern towers and buildings. I have always loved this “look” and first remember it sticking out in my head when my mom took me to Amsterdam (yes, my mom) 10 years ago. Home to Michigan Avenue is The Water Tower – the old water pumping stations for the city of Chicago. This building along with another that was directly behind me while taking this photo have remained intact and have been renovated over the years to become a very nice historical focal point along the otherwise shopping focused Michigan Avenue.\

I took this specific photo on a very cold night in early December. While many of the sidewalks were bustling with shoppers, I slipped on the street side of the smaller Water Tower and positioned my camera facing The Water Tower that you see with Michigan Avenue in front of me. Lucky for me, not only was I able to line up directly across from the Water Tower, but the towers across from me formed a nice frame around the building and even the moon!

As this was a night shot, I had my camera on a tripod in order to shoot with a long exposure. As I was setting up a bus rushed past me and quickly gave me the idea of capturing the traffic lights as they went by too. I timed it so that there was a steady flow of traffic going both ways on Michigan Avenue and this was the result.

Chicago Water Tower with Traffic Lights - Chicago, Illinois, USA
 
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