Friday, April 29, 2011

The Dunes of Indiana and Michigan

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

I needed to get lost some where in nature. On my way to the dunes I heard a weatherman on the radio stating that this was one of the gloomiest April's in history for the Chicagoland area.  Fortunately today was a bright and sunny day.

The last time I was at the Indiana dunes was with a dear friend of mine who was murdered a little over 20 years ago.  The last time I was at Warren Dunes in Michigan I believe was during the weekend of my high school senior prom.  It was amazing to go back to both of these places, the beauty surrounded me.  

I was saddened though to learn there was a forest fire on the top of the highest dune at Warren Beach, yet the skelaton's of the trees remained.

For some reason I didn't remember that there were two nuclear power plants in the area.  It really disturbed me seeing them so close to the lake front, especially after what has been happening in Japan.

There are two videos below. The first is of the Indiana Dunes, the second is Warren Dunes.

Indiana Dunes

Warren Dunes

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Timber Lake Park

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

I had a need to be near farmland, yet living in the Chicagoland area means having to drive pretty far north. I kept finding myself crossing over into Wisconsin.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Puppies on the beach

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

It was an absolutely beautiful day when I went for a walk along the beach. I sat down on some rocks and just captured the moment. I had fun watching two dogs playing in the water.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

A day of solitude

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

I walked for along various beaches today on an overcast day. At the end of the walk it got very foggy and could barely see a thing.

The forest in the early spring

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

On my way home I decided to stop by the forest to see what my deer friends were up to. I was amazed to see that the grass was green and soon enough there will also be leaves on the trees.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Wandering and spinning around Montrose Harbor and the Bird Sanctuary

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin

Took time out on a beautiful spring day to wander around Montrose Harbor and the bird sanctuary.

Spinning around at Montrose Harbor

Filmed by Vicki Polin
It was a beautiful day to go walking around Montrose Harbor

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Wandering along on the beaches

© (2011) Photographs by Vicki Polin
Music by Neil Diamond - I am

It was a beautiful sunny day when I went for a long walk along the beaches of the Chicagoland area. The water was various shades of blue and turquoise. The view of downtown Chicago was taken from the beaches in East Rogers Park, about 10 miles away.

You can watch the waves come in here: