Category: nature

Little Red Schoolhouse Fun

Today was a nice day to visit the Little Red Schoolhouse of Willow Springs, IL. There is a lot of construction going on around here, a two story educational building is being built right next to the schoolhouse. Parking is a little limited, but… Continue Reading “Little Red Schoolhouse Fun”

Let’s Paint Crawdad Slough!

This is Crawdad Slough, part of the Palos Division of the Cook County Forest Preserve System. Crawdad is a pothole filled with water, small but beautiful. There are no designated trails from this spot, but on the first day of Autumn, I could not… Continue Reading “Let’s Paint Crawdad Slough!”

Lucky Squirrel

This morning I had a visitor! Look who came by to my neighbors yard: It’s a beautiful hawk!!! I took this picture right out of my dirty window. He sat on top of that swing set for a really long time, just looking left,… Continue Reading “Lucky Squirrel”

How Birds Cope

After three straight days of non-stop rain, we received almost 7 inches in my area and twice+ that amount further north. The streets were beginning to flood and so was my neighbor’s yard. My neighbor has two pole mounted feeders that he religiously fills… Continue Reading “How Birds Cope”

Rock Flipping Day at Horsetail

Yesterday September 7th was International Rock Flipping Day. Thanks to my friend Dave from Osage+Orange, I found out just in time! What is International Rock Flipping Day? That’s when you turn over any large rock you can, to discover what lives underneath, but you… Continue Reading “Rock Flipping Day at Horsetail”

Gotta Paint that Weed!

UPDATE: TOM WITH THE OHIO NATURE BLOG, HAS IDENTIFIED THIS PLANT AS THE “FLOWER OF AN HOUR”, HIBISCUS TRIONUM.THANK YOU SO MUCH TOM, YOU THE MAN! I have no idea what this is. The good thing is, I don’t need to know what it… Continue Reading “Gotta Paint that Weed!”

What Am I?

UPDATE: Based on some unscientific web-surfing research, I’m pretty sure this is a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth! Here is some info and a few pictures. Whatever this thing is, it’s huge! Maybe the size of a small hummingbird or large butterfly. It’s huge, scary, but… Continue Reading “What Am I?”

Sky Over Maple

I had maple syrup over my pancakes this morning….this picture is the sky over Maple Lake yesterday. Maple. Yum. This picture has good composition and may be a painting one day. It might seem easy enough, but paintings with limited colors are surprisingly challenging.… Continue Reading “Sky Over Maple”

Goose Lake Prairie

I’m sorry I haven’t been very bloggie lately, but I ‘m having some transportation issues that are weighing me down. Nevertheless, I was able to take a wonderful trip with my mom to Goose Lake Prairie, which is about 1 hour southwest of Chicago.… Continue Reading “Goose Lake Prairie”