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there's a place by the lake

This was taken a bit later after the stormy Chicago skyline shot from yesterday.


Gradually, the sky began to lighten, parting to show patches of blue sky. I sat on the boardwalk for a long time; watching the fisherman, listening to the wind and the gulls ... thinking of travel, the places I've been and where I want to go ... and how I sometimes forget that there is beauty right here ... practically in my backyard.


This is a view I love ... that I never tire of (in any season). Looking out over the golden grasses of autumn with the backdrop of the lake ... makes me think of a song ... I'm sure that surprises you :-) -- "Map of the World." The first verse sums up my thoughts so perfectly.




There's a map of the world

on the wall in your room

Green pins where ya wanna go

White pins where ya been

there isn't even ten,

you're already feeling old


♫ Monsters of Folk – Map of the World ♫

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Taken on September 23, 2011