Tag: hiking

Seek and You Will Find

One of my favorite past-times while hiking in the woods, is to take pictures of the inside of tree cavities. Oh how exciting! I want to know what is inside, but I’m way too big to get in there. Who lives in tree cavities?… Continue Reading “Seek and You Will Find”

Weekly Sketcher Announcement

I’ve kept a little secret. I am proud to announce a phenology art project that I have been working on for one year has completed today on August 8, 2010. What is phenology? Phenology is the study of the seasons and how it affects plants and… Continue Reading “Weekly Sketcher Announcement”

Mushrooms in the Woods Sketch

Journal entry: 6-16-2010 85°F mostly sunny, light breeze Country Lane Woods, Cook County Forest Preserves Zone 6 The mosquitoes are vicious this afternoon. Humid wet conditions make them happy. I will put up with them for a little while and render my payment, a… Continue Reading “Mushrooms in the Woods Sketch”

Hike at Little Red Schoolhouse

There are so many treasures to be found while hiking. Let me share with you a secret on how to get the most out of your hike: Walk slow and be quiet, scan the ground as well as both sides of the trail with your eyes as you… Continue Reading “Hike at Little Red Schoolhouse”

Spring Woodland Wildflowers

Spring wildflowers are in bloom right now on the forest floor, but you have to hurry for they do not last long. Why? Spring wildflowers are short-lived because during the beginning of the season, the tree’s leaves are not developed which allows much sunlight to penetrate… Continue Reading “Spring Woodland Wildflowers”

Turtlehead Lake Birds

Oh boy do I love spring when the birds return! It’s so exciting to see a bird you have never seen before or one that you haven’t seen in nearly a year! Well, that’s what happened when I visited Turtlehead Lake in region 8… Continue Reading “Turtlehead Lake Birds”

Sounds from the Creek

Sit back and relax, enjoy the sights and sounds from Crooked Creek: play for creek sound I went for a hike last weekend armed and dangerous with my voice recorder. I couldn’t resist stopping by the creek to get a 40 second sample of… Continue Reading “Sounds from the Creek”

Birds and Bagel

Just a few bird pictures from my hike last weekend, here we have a tiny little chickadee and an incoming downy woodpecker. Now that’s odd. It’s not everyday you find a bagel in a tree. Someone left this bird treat on a branch for easy… Continue Reading “Birds and Bagel”

Where Do Raccoons Sleep…Right Here

I’m not kidding, every time I go out into the woods it’s a different adventure. Something new each time catches me off guard. As I took a hike this morning, I just happened to turn my head and noticed something odd. Do you see… Continue Reading “Where Do Raccoons Sleep…Right Here”

Woodland Birds

Last weekend while hiking, I came upon some benches that had walnuts on them. I did not put them there. Feeding the wildlife is prohibited in the Cook County Forest Preserves, it’s a definite no-no. But boy did I get to see some up close… Continue Reading “Woodland Birds”