Oh how I love a good hike in the woods!
What’s so great about a walk with a million trees that all look the same? Oh, let me show you…
It’s not just a bunch of trees….
Last week I went hiking in the Palos Woods, part of the Cook County Forest Preserve Zone 7 trail system. In the middle of the Palos Woods, this beautiful creek runs strong. I love to just sit by it and listen for a few moments, total tranquillity. You can almost feel the power of the water. One might think of water as being light, but with all that volume and velocity it really is stronger than you think, shaping the landscape as we speak.
Oh BoY! Look what I found! Squill! What…??? You read it correctly, squill. A weird name but beautiful flower. All along the stream, the landscape was dotted with this beautiful blue spring wildflower. Millions of them. I was so excited. Not because I knew what they were, but because I hardly ever see blue flowers. It was only much later, after about an hour of research did I learn that this was squill (scilla siberica). I’m so excited about this wildflower that I think this is the next subject we are going to paint!
Oooo, I don’t know what this is….but I found it and I love it. Notice the bulbs protruding from the ground, supporting the leaves.
Oh my! That’s not a wildflower! It’s a dead raccoon!
I was truly fascinated with him not because he was dead, but because I literally walked inches from him and did not see him. It was only on my return passing that I noticed him. Total camouflage. Perhaps he didn’t survive the harsh winter? I do not know. No animal fed off of him, except for a single beetle underneath his head.
That’s much better. Look…it’s trillium, pre-bloom. I love it’s variegated leaves. Maybe it will be our second painting subject?
Do you see the lovely things that you can find in the woods? Aren’t you excited? It’s all created for you, for you to enjoy and love. The Palos Woods is a treasure holding forest waiting for us to explore it!