Jack in the Pulpit Sketch

Happy Earth Day! My gift to you? A Jack in the Pulpit sketch... I live in the Midwest which is not a very exotic place, but this plant, although native, is very exotic to me. I love the shape and the stripes it possesses. It is most dramatic where I found it; in a woodland … Continue reading Jack in the Pulpit Sketch

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Oh the Blessings of Spring Sketch

The redbuds flaunt above, While the bluebells boast below. As if a competition, a race to allure the viewer... I the observer, I reap the benefits. Standing in awe, with nothing to match, I am swiftly humbled. C. Kane Today, I had the opportunity to visit Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, formerly known as Camp Sagawau. What … Continue reading Oh the Blessings of Spring Sketch

Let’s Paint a Spring Trail!

This is going to be a step-by-step demonstration on how to do a watercolor sketch. Sketches are quicker and looser than paintings. It's great to make a sketch when you just want to get the main idea down without a ton of detail. You can easily take your watercolor journal and watercolor paints on the trail … Continue reading Let’s Paint a Spring Trail!

Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Spring wildflowers are in bloom right now on the forest floor, but you have to hurry for they do not last long. Why? Spring wildflowers are short-lived because during the beginning of the season, the tree's leaves are not developed which allows much sunlight to penetrate the forest floor. Once the leaves mature, the forest will become … Continue reading Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Turtlehead Lake Birds

Oh boy do I love spring when the birds return! It's so exciting to see a bird you have never seen before or one that you haven't seen in nearly a year! Well, that's what happened when I visited Turtlehead Lake in region 8 of the Cook County Forest Preserves yesterday evening. My first thrilling … Continue reading Turtlehead Lake Birds

Deer Grove Forest Preserves

Today I had the chance to hike at Deer Grove Forest Preserves in Palatine, IL. This preserve is a part of the Cook County Forest Preserve Trail System. It consists of about 9 miles of tails, some paved, most not paved. It is surely beautiful. Even though today was a meer 37°F, oh boy did … Continue reading Deer Grove Forest Preserves

Sounds from the Frogs

Click to hear many chorus frogs and a few spring peepers I am happy to say that I am an official frog monitor, volunteering for the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project; sponsored by Chicago Wilderness, Audubon, and the Cook County Forest Preserves. This means that I choose a location and document the frogs present by recording species according … Continue reading Sounds from the Frogs