To avoid rush hour traffic, many days I go to the gym near my office in Elmhurst, Ill. after work and make the drive back into the city during the late evening. I pulled into my neighborhood last night around 9:30 p.m. and couldn’t talk myself out of photographing the lights at the beautiful park right outside my apartment called Oz Park.

All around the park are sculptures of ‘Wizard of Oz’ characters, and the park lights mixed with last night’s drizzle of rain made for a cool effect. This is the very first photo I shot. I think the Scarecrow almost looks scary here. I walked around and shot more photos for about 30 minutes looking for a living person before deciding I was probably the only knucklehead around.

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