Chicagoans often joke that their much-beloved city has two seasons: winter and construction season. Yet autumn in Chicago does exist, however briefly, clashing with the start of the winter. This piece shows the quick conflict between nature’s bright colors and the neutral tones of winter weather.
The sun rises to heat a chilly Lake Michigan, steaming the surface.
A jogger braves the cooler temperatures during an early morning run.
Sandy beaches are dusted with snow while Lake Michigan produces her final waves before icing over.
A barren lakeshore path.
Ice hardens the once-soft sand of North Avenue Beach.
Fall’s festive, yellow leaves lie atop the first snow of winter.
Autumn and winter struggle for dominance on a street in Logan Square.
Sunny, blue skies warm a snow covered tree.
A Downy Woodpecker starts digging deeper in the tree bark for its food.
by Luhrs Heldrich