Before Nika, which began dropping its snow onto Chicago-land at approximately 4 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2014, all, Chicago-land golf courses had several inches of snow lying upon their teeing grounds, fairways and putting greens. Twenty-four hours before Nika, Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course, which is at 3600 N. Recreation Drive in Chicago, Ill., had generally calm winds and a 24° F temperature during the day. Many interesting snow scenes awaited photographers.
For humans, walking through or around this nine holes golf course was certainly difficult because of the deep, snow layer. (Since this is a Chicago Park District golf course, there is no locked gate. Most Forest Preserve Golf Courses have locked gates.)
Some Chicagoans like to let their dogs run in the snow. Dogs need to run, and since there were few opportunities for them to do so after Chicago’s, recent, subzero temperatures, Feb. 3 was warm enough for these canines. (I believe that cats are finicky about snow, and would rather remain indoors. Perhaps these felines realize that snow is just solid water, and we know that cats hate immersing themselves in water.)
On Sydney R, Marovitz Golf Course’s, eastern side is Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan was eerily quiet. Waves did not splash noisily against rocks because the lake’s surface was frozen.
On this date, Canada Geese were not around to decorate the fairway with their droppings. Herring gulls did not warily look at humans walking along the lake shore. Gray squirrels were hibernating.
v Snow Signs-Marovitz
v Frozen Lake-Marovitz
v Marovitz-2 Stone Rows
v Marovitz-14 Stones
v Marovitz-Into the Sun
v Marovitz-Snowy First Hole
v Marovitz-Ski Tracks on Flat Ground
v Marovitz-Ski Tracks on Hill
v Marovitz-Southwestern View
v Marovitz-Starter Shack
v Marovitz-Winding Vines