Assembling a photo essay from one of my outings is one of my happiest pursuits, and so over this long weekend (In the U.S. it’s Presidents Day today, which means the kids are home from school.), I figured I’d showcase my photos from a recent walk at Rogers Park Beach on the far north side of Chicago. It was still winter then, meaning snow and ice had transformed the lakefront into a cold and sparkly beauty.

Walking out to the lighthouse is always a thrill, especially when you’re about to see what wonders the ice has wrought.

Seagulls in formation
 
 
 
Snow floes
 
 
 
The skyline of the Loyola University campus
 
 
 
Luckily, the footpath gets plowed; the stone bench with all its colorful paintings doesn’t. 
 
 
 
Footsteps in the snow
 
 
 
It’s too cold for this, Mam’!
 
 
 
Bundled up, watching birds. 
 

 
Good-bye winter beach, your magic, framed by this snaky sculpture, is gone by now.