02-26-2011 28°F Light snow, no wind We first hike the Black Oak Trail, to get our blood pumping and connect with nature. The heavy odor of burnt firewood hangs in the air. I do not know where the smell originates. Fresh snow makes identifying animal tracks a lot of fun. Three individual coyote tracks, traveling together, stays with us … Continue reading Sketch Class Results Feb 2011
I JUST finished watching, "Venom: Nature's Killer" on my PBS channel and I'm really HOT. Super MAD HOT. Not because today's scientists are sampling venom from jelly fish, spiders, and lizards and coming up with medication that combats heart disease, epilepsy, and possibly cancer (awesome)...but because in the last 10 minutes of the clip, one scientist … Continue reading Venom: Nature’s Killer NOVA on PBS
This is a picture I took about two years ago at Spears Woods. I'm not 100% sure this is a poplar tree, but I love its shape. It's super tall and it's the only one like it around. One interesting thing I learned is that all planted poplar trees are male, so they do not … Continue reading Let’s Paint the Poplar Tree!
I didn't have much time today so I made a quick stop at Crawdad Slough, just to find something to sketch from inside my car in the parking lot. It sure didn't take long before my focus centered upon a tree full of character. I fell in love immediately. I like the way it was leaning … Continue reading Crawdad Slough Sketch
I'm alive! As you may have heard, much of the United States was bombarded by strong storms recently. In my area we received 20.9" of snow in a 24 hour period. This produced white-out conditions for hours and staying off the roads, if you could, was imperative. 200 poor motorists were trapped on Lake Shore Drive … Continue reading Blizzard 2011 Chicago Sketch