Late Night Walks

Chicago Skyline Lake Michigan Beach

No matter what the temperature is or what day it may be, one of my favorite things to do in the world is go for late night walks along the Lake Michigan Beach in Chicago. It has always been a sort of sanctuary to me. Maybe it’s the sound of the cars speeding along Lake Shore Drive, the few joggers passing by, the cool breeze trailing off from the lake or the waves moving back and forth from the edge of the sand as if the lake was gently breathing. Whatever it may be, it has a hold on me. When ever I need to clear my head or just need to take a walk, I do not hesitate to get in my car and drive to the beach. It’s more than just a quick escape from reality; it’s almost like a best friend (if a place can be considered a best friend) where you get comfort, can let go and can open up and be yourself at. I walk along the path, with the Chicago skyline in the distant, I recall the familiar scenery although every visit I seem to notice something different. I tell myself that I’m there for photography which I do most of the time, but often find myself searching for sea shells hiding within the sand or skipping rocks as I watch them disappear in the night. Just maybe, these are the reasons why late night walks on the beach are one of my favorite things to do in the world.

 

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Live for the Little Things

Smoky Mountains Road Trip Photography

“Someone once told me to always live for the little things in life.

Live for 5am sunrises and 5pm sunsets where you see colors in the sky that usually do not belong.

Live for road trips and bike rides with music in your ears and the wind in your hair.

Live for days when you’re surrounded by your favorite people who make you realize that the world is not a cold, harsh place.

Live for the little things because they will make you realize that this is what life is about.

This is what it means to be alive.”

See More Smoky Mountains Photography: The Mountains were Calling | The Smoky Mountains: A Nature Walk

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Chasing the Sunrise

Chicago Sunrise Lake Michigan Beach

Words from a Daydreamer:

So as the sun begins to rise, a new story begins to write, about man who’s flying high, high out of sight

Cause that is where his mind is trailing in the air, his feet were on the ground but his head was never there

So off to the unseen, blue seas, the islands of  trees, the volcanoes, mountains & everywhere in between

Cause it’s not about where you’ve been, but where you haven’t seen, it’s curiosity and escaping your daily routine

Can’t be afraid to be young, have fun or wonder what’s above, it’s the risk that you take that show you exactly what your made of.

 

See More Chicago Sunrises: Good Morning Chicago

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Lighting the Way

Light House Sunset Photography

I felt like taking a small day road trip but I didn’t know where. I couldn’t go far but I wanted to travel out of my norm. Even though I love traveling to the city, there’s something very tranquil about being somewhere you have never been before. I started to look for state parks along Lake Michigan and found a strip of beach called Van Buren State Park Beach in South Haven, Michigan. It was quiet and deserted besides a family of three arriving just as I was leaving. Since I already made the trip out here, I decided to stop by the town of South Haven which was about 10 minutes from the beach. From the moment I arrived, it had a small beach town feeling. I walked down the streets lined with small shops and boutiques as I headed toward the harbor. Once I arrived, I couldn’t help but be drawn to their lighthouse which extended out towards the water. At the same moment, the sun began to fill the sky, providing a beautiful backdrop to an unexpected moment.

 

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Stay Golden Chicago

Chicago Skyline Sunset

The sun sets over a sea of buildings as unique as the people that inhabit them. The Chicago skyline reflects the warm colors of the sky. For a second it seems that spring is finally here, but I know that that could change in a blink. Nevertheless, seeing Chicago from different perspectives, from different heights, behind different lenses has grew my appreciation towards this bustling city. No matter what time of day, or what type of weather, it is always in motion. Stay golden Chicago.

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A Walk on the Beach

Winter Beach on Lake Michigan

With the temperatures rising in Chicago, I drove to Van Buren State Park Beach in South Haven Michigan because of my last experience on the beach in Michigan, waiting for the sunset over Lake Michigan. When I arrived, the beach was covered in piles of snow waiting to melt into the water. Mini icebergs scattered atop the lake, disappearing into the distance. But that weather was beautiful, the beach was empty and the sounds were soothing. As I headed back to my car, a father and son walked up to the edge of the lake and stopped. It’s something that seems so small, just another day but it’s a moment I’m sure they will both remember; their walk on the beach.

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The Simple Things

Winter Bench

I wake up many times, thinking today I’m going to have an adventure. I’m going to see something that I’ve never seen before; travel to a place that I’ve never been before. But in many, if not most, of these instances I end up going to familiar places, seeing familiar scenes that I have never noticed before. I always seem to be on a mission, keeping my eye constantly moving as if I’m trying to spot Big Foot, that I miss quiet scenes such as this. I just finished watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and there was a line towards the end which was “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” which made me think about this picture. I’ve been to this state park for a couple of years now and I guess I’ve always been looking for these amazing scenes that I’ve failed to noticed this bench. Something so small but seemed so big to me at that moment. It was comforting to see and calming to be at. It made me smile and appreciate the simple things in life.

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