Category: hiking

Lichen, Moss, and Mushroom Sketch

Just look at the beautiful specimen I found while hiking last Sunday! I always like to note what the weather conditions are because I think it is so vital to what you encounter in the woods. While I was hiking it was 41°F, raining… Continue Reading “Lichen, Moss, and Mushroom Sketch”

Lichen from the Woods Sketch

Do you remember our hiking trip on Thanksgiving Day? Well, I found the most beautiful piece of lichen growing on a section of branch. This little piece of branch was laying in the middle of the trail. Ohhhh, ahhhh! I looks like an alien… Continue Reading “Lichen from the Woods Sketch”

Country Lane Woods on Thanksgiving Day

I took a 2 hour hike at Country Lane Woods on Thanksgiving morning and was very thankful I did (get it, get it), because the wildlife was out in droves! I’m not sure why. Was it because the woods were empty of humans? Did the wildlife… Continue Reading “Country Lane Woods on Thanksgiving Day”

Mighty Oak Watercolor

Over the weekend as I went hiking, I came upon this beautiful specimen. Isn’t it mighty? Even with absolutely no leaves it has an impact. It’s skeleton tells the story of strength. I don’t know how old this oak tree is but it sure is… Continue Reading “Mighty Oak Watercolor”

Woodland Berries in September

Oh BOY! I love finding berries! I also love eating berries, but only from the grocery store (blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries; in order of preference) , I don’t trust my berry knowledge in the forests to eat without getting sick! Not yet anyhow. Here… Continue Reading “Woodland Berries in September”

Let’s Paint a Phoebe Nest with Babies!

Before we begin, let me show you what else I found in the Teason Woods, part of Chicago’s  Cook County Forest Preserves. Starting on the yellow trail heading west, I immediately encountered a scarlet tanager: here is another view: Isn’t he sooooo beautiful? I… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint a Phoebe Nest with Babies!”

Let’s Hike at the Orland Grasslands

Oh boy! Let’s go for a walk at the Orland Grasslands, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves. I wonder what we will find… This day was overcast, warm and humid. One great thing about an overcast day is that all of the colors… Continue Reading “Let’s Hike at the Orland Grasslands”

Let’s Hike at Swallow Cliff South

We’ve been doing a lot of painting and little hiking, so get your hiking boots on and come with me to Swallow Cliff South, part of Chicago’s Cook County Forest Preserves! Yesterday was a beautiful day, no rain, beautiful sun, not hot and not… Continue Reading “Let’s Hike at Swallow Cliff South”