Tag: Cook County Forest Preserves

Let’s Paint the White Trout Lily!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there. For your present, I am going to show you how to paint a white trout lily! Here we go…. First I’ll show you my reference photo that I took in the Palos Woods, part of…

Snake in the Woods Sketch

“You’re such a snake!” Why does the idea of a snake conjure fear and evil? Could it be the story of Adam and Eve? The snake is the bad guy in that scenario, but don’t be fooled…evil can take the form of anything…good or…

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…

Let’s Paint a Spring Wildflower!

“Oh you’re such a squill!” Try saying that to someone at work today. I did! And before they hit you say, “It means you’re a really beautiful blue spring flower!” Then run if they don’t believe you! Well, you can always show them this…

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…

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…

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…

Let’s Paint a Frosty Winter Morning!

Last Tuesday morning on the way to work I saw this beautiful winter sight: The sun rises behind the forest and sets the sky on fire! I love when winter reveals hot colors during very cold weather. How ironic the sky teases us with…

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…

Nature Sketch from your Car Window

Once again Chicago has dealt us a wicked weather hand. In a mater of a few hours, 4 inches of snow has melted and 3 inches of rain had fallen. It was just yesterday that single digit temps reigned the daily forecast, but now…