Category: Chicago

Let’s Hike in the Rain at Spears Woods

Am I crazy? No! There are many things we miss when we decide not to hike because it is yucky outside: 1. Wildlife is abundant. 2. Humans are not abundant (perhaps the reason for wildlife abundance). 3. The smell of the earth. Yum! 4. The pattering sound… Continue Reading “Let’s Hike in the Rain at Spears Woods”

Chipping Sparrows Return

Oh Boy! Look who I found eating seeds below my bird feeder…it’s a chipping sparrow! You know winter is behind when you see this little guy. Notice his chestnut colored crown and distinguishable eye stripe. One cool fact: according to my Birds of Illinoisby… Continue Reading “Chipping Sparrows Return”

What’s in the Palos Woods?

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… Continue Reading “What’s in the Palos Woods?”

Sunset to Live For

When I saw this scene I had to say…”Whoa!” And take a picture of course! This picture was taken at Centennial Park in Orland Park, IL. The lake at centennial acts like a mirror reflecting a powerful setting sun on a minimal windy day. How awesome… Continue Reading “Sunset to Live For”

Hiking at Palos Park Woods

Let’s go hiking at the Palos Park Woods, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserve System Zone 7. Do you think a winter hike is boring? What can you possibly find in the middle of winter to hold your attention or to justify walking… Continue Reading “Hiking at Palos Park Woods”

Orland Grasslands at Sunset

Yesterday I made a visit to the Orland Grasslands. It’s the kind of place you drive by and say to yourself, “I just want to run wild in that vast prairie! I want to run and run and run and never stop!” Orland Grassland… Continue Reading “Orland Grasslands at Sunset”

Paintings at the Gallery

The LaGrange Art League of LaGrange, IL will celebrate 75 years of existence in the month of February. What an accomplishment! That’s a long time of dedication, sweat, and many hours of volunteer work. I am very honored to be a part of their… Continue Reading “Paintings at the Gallery”

What’s in the Winter Woods?

It’s cloudy, lightly snowing and 25°F. Of all the places on the earth, where do you wish to be the most? Why in the woods of course! Deep in the woods…I don’t blame you… For when you are  in the woods on a magical… Continue Reading “What’s in the Winter Woods?”

Cooper’s Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 0

Holy Cow! Look what I found out my window: I know this is a Cooper’s Hawk and not a Sharp-Shinned Hawk because it was ginormous (like my scientific term?), had a long tail, and that tail was rounded as opposed to a square tipped… Continue Reading “Cooper’s Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 0”

Mystery of a New Year

Here is my picture of the sky falling: Sky falling? What? Do you see that layer of fog developing on the cool ground? Well, fog is actually just a collection of water vapor droplets touching the ground. Guess what? A cloud is a collection… Continue Reading “Mystery of a New Year”