20 thoughts on “Dawn: Chicago

    1. I detest warm weather. Just had a few hot days here in London – a city in summer is horrid. And we are in a very dry period after a very dry winter. People forget we need rain to grow things!

      1. Well it’s forecast heavy rain up here in Shiny Sheffield for tomorrow so it might work it’s way down to London as well. Like London we’ve had it unusually warm and dry up here for over a month now so we desperately need some rain to freshen everything up. However I’m on my Easter hols atm so if we could restrict the precipitation to night time and keep the days sunny then that would be perfect for me.

      2. But could you please stay dry in London just until Monday? phhhwwuuueezzee?
        (Going to spend the weekend in London with my son, and though I think A LOT of the time will be spent inside Tower and Natural History Museum … some outdorsy stuff is planned as well.)

      1. Haha…..yes, although I do realise that by American standards Sheffield is a small city with a population of just over 500,000. We’re fortunate enough to have a third of the city nestling in the Peak District National Park as well as the rest of the city being probably the most tree covered city in Europe if not the world (per head of population). It’s for these reasons (amongst others) that Sheffield’s often referred to as the biggest village in the world.

  1. Beautiful picture – but is it possible to tell from this picture, that it is a spring morning? Could it be a crisp autumn instead?

  2. I like this time of year a lot. All the bulbs are starting to come up. Trees are leafing out. Tons of migratory birds around. Sleeping with the windows open. Then summer comes, and it sucks.

    There’s a real stunner of a Chicago pic that’s waiting to be taken. Northbound from U of C on LSD: the entire downtown area to the right, across the lake. Saw it the other day coming back from seeing Harris. JC lives in a great part of town.

  3. Wow. You really do live in the frozen north.

    My flowering plum trees are finished blooming and have greened out. All of the forsythia and redbud have been out for a month. The ornamental holly bushes are completely packed with bees and other pollen collectors. The verbena is just starting to flower, and the azalea won’t be far behind.

    Heck, I even have golf calluses already. Not that they’ve done me any good — my game still sucks.

    And my seasonal allergies are in full bloom, even with an antihistamine on board.

    Gotta love the Carolina mountains.

  4. Now now. Here in northern Vermont, sugaring season has just ended, mud season is winding down, there’s still more than a foot of snow on my garden plot, the lilac buds have barely begun to green and swell, and my chives in the kitchen herb bed are no more than an inch above last year’s matted growth. In time, the many duties of our brief spring will be clamoring, but for now I am enjoying the in-between time–no snow to plow or shovel, no woodfires to build or stovewood to split and stack, no grass to mow, no asparagus to weed, or berries to harvest before they fall off the canes. Not quite spring, yet winter’s grip has decidedly softened. It’s a good time.

  5. It’s spring here in Stockholm. Lake Mälaren has last most of its winter ice and the sun is shining. Every year at this time we get large flocks of seagulls descending on the parks of the city to pick food from the newly exposed grassy areas. They appear all of a sudden and can completely cover the greenery in a rather disconcerting Hitchcock-like manner.

    1. Hey Sigmund that reminds me of something I didn’t fully notice about Stockholm until after I’d left – but it seemed to me that I’d seen few if any birds. Is that right? Are birds just scarce in central Stockholm? (Even in the parks? I spent several hours walking in Djurgården, and remember no birds.)

      It seems odd, a city on all that water that’s not raucous with gull cries.

  6. Aaaah! Chicago. In the Navy Schools in North Chicago (1940’s), electronic sclasses had a perfect demonstration of “the Doppler Effect” when THE400 roared past the Naval Station gate with the Engineer “laying” on the horn. On the radio it was always “Its a beautiful morning in Chicago” even if there was a blizzard off the Lake.

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