Category Archives: Landscape

Springtime in Edgewater

Springtime in Edgewater - Chicago, Illinois 2017 - Nature Photography by Michael Courier

It’s spring! It’s springtime in Edgewater. This time of year is my favorite, and it felt good to walk around making photos.

Spring is my favorite season, and I wanted to make a point of creating a few photographs from the lakefront before it was too late. Besides being relaxing and calming, these images will be a nice addition to my ongoing Foster Beach project.

Springtime in Edgewater - Chicago, Illinois 2017 - Nature Photography by Michael CourierSpringtime in Edgewater - Chicago, Illinois 2017 - Nature Photography by Michael CourierSpringtime in Edgewater - Chicago, Illinois 2017 - Nature Photography by Michael CourierSpringtime in Edgewater - Chicago, Illinois 2017 - Nature Photography by Michael CourierSpringtime in Edgewater - Chicago, Illinois 2017 - Nature Photography by Michael Courier

This is Milo! Sure, it’s obvious he isn’t a tree. But this little guy was too cool not to photograph and share with the world.

The End of Winter

The End of Winter at Foster Beach in Edgewater, Chicago - Landscape Photography by Michael CourierThe End of Winter at Foster Beach in Edgewater, Chicago - Landscape Photography by Michael Courier

The last storm of winter as seen from Foster Beach.

Ten days ago, this is what Foster Beach looked like. On March 14th, Chicago got hit with cold weather, snow, and strong winds. Which is—of course—the best time to make photos.

This is part of an ongoing series I’m working on called Foster to Hollywood, an on-going exploration of the beauty Lake Michigan has to offer, as seen from Foster Beach and Kathy Osterman “Hollywood” Beach in Edgewater.

The End of Winter at Foster Beach in Edgewater, Chicago - Landscape Photography by Michael CourierThe End of Winter at Foster Beach in Edgewater, Chicago - Landscape Photography by Michael Courier

RMNP with Aspire Tours

Rocky Mountain National Park with Aspire Tours - Nature photographs of the beautiful landscapes at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado - Photography by Michael Courier

A view of the mountains with help from Aspire Tours.

Rocky Mountain National Park with Aspire Tours - Nature photographs of the beautiful landscapes at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado - Photography by Michael Courier

A view from Moraine Park at the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Shannon and I celebrated our anniversary by taking an impromptu trip to Denver. While we were there, we booked a trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park through Aspire Tours.

During our few hours in the mountains, the weather was sunny and nice, to windy and snowy with minimal visibility. As we made our way through the park, it was relaxing to spot wildlife and take in the views.

The mountains were so beautiful that it was difficult to return to Chicago — and hard to put into words how much the experience meant to me. If you’ve never been to the Rocky Mountains before and would like an introduction, I would recommend the tour that we took. As for me, I’m now looking forward to planning my own trip back into the mountains to spend more time there appreciating the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer.

Rocky Mountain National Park with Aspire Tours - Nature photographs of the beautiful landscapes at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado - Photography by Michael Courier

A fallen tree covered in snow.

Rocky Mountain National Park with Aspire Tours - Nature photographs of the beautiful landscapes at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado - Photography by Michael Courier

The frozen view of Lily Lake at the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park with Aspire Tours - Nature photographs of the beautiful landscapes at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado - Photography by Michael Courier

Another view from Lily Lake at the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park with Aspire Tours - Nature photographs of the beautiful landscapes at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado - Photography by Michael Courier

A different view from Moraine Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park with Aspire Tours - Nature photographs of the beautiful landscapes at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado - Photography by Michael Courier

A two-image panorama of a beautiful view at the Rocky Mountain National Park.