Saturday, July 16, 2011

An Afternoon at the Riverwalk

One of my favorite places to spend a summer afternoon is at the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville. It is a photographer's delight. The weather prediction for the next 7+ days of 90+ temps prompted me to take this opportunity to enjoy the 80 degree day at the Riverwalk. Along with the weather as an incentive, I also needed a photograph for Picture Summer that represented a postcard. I thought the Riverwalk would be the perfect postcard place.

The lovely fountain is the welcome mat to the Riverwalk.  This is the beginning of the original Riverwalk that opened in 1981, in recognition of Naperville's 150 year anniversary, the city has continually improved and added to the Riverwalk since then. 

Last year Dick Tracy joined the many other statues along the Riverwalk.  Dick Lochner, the artist that drew the daily cartoon that appears in many newspapers across our nation, lives in Naperville, and has for several years.  The statue is solid bronze and stands 9 feet tall, very easy to spot.

These ladies decided that the afternoon was perfect for rafting on the river.  First they had to drag the boat into deep enough water to even get into it.  But as you can see, they were rowing down the river probably singing "row row row your boat" as they drifted along. 

I love walking along the Riverwalk talking to the people who are also out enjoying the day.  These 3 were eating ice-cream, a brother and sister with their Nanny. 

Beautiful girl, beautiful eyes..... I am entering this in Live Every Moment  I think this young lady is so beautiful with her beautiful eyes and the touches of freckles just add to her beauty. 

Mom, look at the rock....can I throw it...huh, can I??

Ahhhh....sweet, young love!!!!

Blues and oranges were the colors of the day...look at those orange berries...don't know what they are, but they are gorgeous. 

Brother and their eyes, big, dark, brown & eyelashes that wouldn't quit.

I giggled when I saw this...a hook, line and sinker tangled up in the tree, and this wasn't the only one. 

We decided to join this little girl and eat a hotdog before we left the Riverwalk.  An enterprising young man has a hot dog stand right next to the fountain, lots of business during the summer and I understand his late night business is better than his lunch business.  After the bars close I guess lots of people need some food before they get in their cars and drive home.  And speaking of driving home, after we ate our hotdogs we got in our car and drove home...a lovely afternoon at the Riverwalk.  

"Today a new sun rises for me, everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it."    -    Anne de Lenclos

Until next time.....(comments always welcomed)


  1. What a lovely post-- your people photos are really good. Makes me want to get to know them a bit.

    Hope you are enjoying your summer.


  2. This looks like you had the most wonderful afternoon! I love your photos, Deanna - such a beautiful selection!

  3. Wow. So many nice photos! Have a great day. xo tam

  4. Love all of these photo Deanna! I especially love the quote. I'm so glad that I found your blog :)

  5. What a great post with amazing captures. Thanks for linking up!


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