A couple of warmer days and some rain teamed up to mean that we started 2011 in Chicago without any snow on the ground (appart from a few places where it was piled up). Lake Michigan is mostly free of ice at the moment too. This shot was taken on the lake shore at Fullerton Avenue. The scene is back-lit by the lights of the Chicago skyline (which looks a bit like this from here). The long exposure gives the lake a slightly mist like appearance, as the waves washed around the stones and posts.