When you live in a large, metropolitan area like I do, no matter what the city, sometimes you need to find a quiet spot; a reprieve from all the noise. Here in Chicago, my quiet spot is a stretch along the bike path on Lake Michigan, next to the water, and away from the noise of Lake Shore Drive. It’s a spot where you can just sit on the retaining wall, enjoy a book or listen to some music while taking in the vastness of the lake and the beauty of the Chicago skyline.
On trips to New York City, after a few hours of honking horns, construction and the sounds of buses chugging along, there is nothing I like more than stepping away from the hustle and bustle and taking an hour or two to stroll through Central Park. Walk far enough in to the park and, aside from the skyscrapers peeking through the tops of the trees, you almost forget where you are. On my trip to New York a few weeks back, after a few hours out and about with the camera, I purposely took a few minutes on this beautiful park bench, the subject of today’s Photo of the Day, “Sunday in the Park,” to take in the sights and sounds of the birds, the children playing and the music from a street performer playing his saxophone. Taking that time to just sit, clear my mind and regroup made for a very productive and creative rest of the day, allowing me to get shots like this one.
The next few weeks, preparing for the Bucktown Arts Fest and the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts promises to be jam packed and stressful at times. I know a few minutes in my favorite Chicago “Zone of Happiness” will allow me to recharge and keep plugging along.