Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

This too will pass - Deer in the hood

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

The weather in Chicago in the winter can change so dramatically. Last week it was -30 with the windchill factor. Today it was in the 40's. I was wandering through a local forest preserve and was fortunate enough to capture several deer.

Music by Peter Himmelman - This too will pass

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Gillson Park and Baha'i Temple - 2 days after the Chicago Blizzard of 2011

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

Two days after the end of the Blizzard I was able to get into Gillson Park. It was amazingly beautiful to see how the mounds created by the snow and sand.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Chicago Cultural Center

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

During a break I cut through the Chicago Cultural Center with some friends. I haven't been inside in many years. It's still just as beautiful as I remembered it being.

The views of downtown Chicago were taken from inside the Cultural Center. It was 2 days past the Chicago Blizzard of 2011.

The Cultural Center was built in 1893 and was Chicago's central library and Grand Army of the Republic Museum.

Music: Both Sides Now

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Chicago Blizzard of 2011 - Around the curve between Evanston and Chicago

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

I took these around noon on Feb. 2, 2011 after the blizzard ended. I think these are the most amazing pictures I took today.  I was hoping to drive down Sheridan Rd. from Evanston into Chicago.  It was impossible.  I ended up walking around South Ave. Beach .

It was totally impossible, yet the area felt festive with everyone coming out to capture the moment.

Music by Simply Tsfat - A Niggun From Uman

Cruising around in Evanston after the big Chicago blizzard of 2011

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

Besides wandering around in West Rogers Park, I also cruised over to Evanston and captured these images around noon on Feb. 2, 2011.

West Rogers Park After the Chicago Blizzard of 2011

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

After my car got dug out I had to drive around for a bit and migrated over to West Rogers Park at around 1:00 PM.

I was amazed at how quickly the city dug out all the main streets, yet the side streets were still plowed under.

Music by Michael Alon - D'ror Yikra

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Blizzard of 2011: Driving around as the blizzard first hit

Here's several film clips of when the 2011 Chicago Blizzard first hit.  I'm driving around in East Rogers Park in Chicago and Evanston, and then a few taken later on in the evening.

The Beach

Juneway Terrace - East Rogers Park, Chicago

Sheridan Road between Evanston, IL and Chicago, IL

Sheridan Road Near Northwestern University - Evanston, IL

9:30 PM

11:30 PM

Start of the 2011 Blizzard in Chicago

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

I took these images between 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, which was really the start of the blizzard.  The wind was blowing so hard near the lake that it was difficult to stay standing unless I was holding on to something.  I heard the winds were between 30 - 40 mph

Music: Winter wonderland