Sunday, September 07, 2008

Gratuitous Chicago River Photo

Yesterday, my stepdaughter and I were returning from a bike ride in nearby Horner Park (named after Illinois' first, and so far only, Jewish governor, Henry Horner). I stopped for a moment to snap a picture of the north branch of the river, which runs about a block from our home.

The picture was taken from the Montrose Avenue Bridge, looking southward.

The river, notoriously dirty in the past, is slowly being cleaned up. Neighborhood groups have been working over the years to clean the river and to restore native plant species to the river's edge.

Thanks to the river, we occasionally have wildlife in the area-- particularly possums. Other people have seen raccoons, and of course we frequently see ducks in the river.


Mathman6293 said...

Nice photo. I think it's great that the river is more beautiful these days.

lulu said...

I used to canoe in here back when I first knew you. It was filthy and I still have the horrible memory of getting stuck in mud up to my thigh and losing a shoe while attempting to portage.

Bubs said...

Wow, that's beautiful. All those trees--you'd wouldn't think it was in the middle of a major city just to look at it.

The Idea Of Progress said...

I'm going camping out here in Oregon in a couple of weeks. This reminds me why I can't wait.

Tenacious S said...

The branch of the river near my home has deer living along its banks. Occasionally they get a little confused and wander out onto some of the major streets. It's always quite a sight when you see several deer crossing. Also, I have now seen our local fox three times. Sweetness finally saw it with me and she was in love with its beauty.