When one is blessed with a beautiful view from their home, as we are from our high-rise apartment along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago, hardly a day goes by without some lovely site. But then there are mornings like today, when the sunrise is so stunning that all you can think -- in the immortal lyrics of “Good Morning Starshine” from the musical “Hair” -- is, “Gliddy glub gloopy nibby nabby noopy.”
Okay, maybe not quite THAT incoherent, but as the photos in the attached slideshow will explain, it did leave me kind of speechless.
Admittedly, as strange as this might sound, Chicagoans have reason to be conflicted about yet another mild (forecast high of 45 degrees) winter day. Chicago, as of today, set a record for the latest in a winter it has gone without so much as one inch of snow in a day. In fact, the city has had just a little more than an inch of snow total this season.
And because winter ended early last year... there was a record heat wave in mid-March... we now are within 37 days of a full year without a seriously snowy day. This also is part and parcel of an extended drought, as overall precipitation in 2012 was a full one-third less than usual. We are on the same track in the early weeks of this year, as the .84 of an inch so far this month is, again, a third below average.
But then you gaze upon the grandeur of a technicolor sunrise over the lake. Perhaps we can put off gloomy thoughts about freakish weather patterns and global climate change until tomorrow.
“La la la lo lo.”