Category Archives: Nature Photography

Early Magnolias

 “Magnolias are aristocrats of ancient lineage possessed of many superlative qualities.” ~ plant collector E.H. ‘Chinese’ Wilson When I was at the Morton Arboretum hunting for Trolls, I came upon a Magnolia Grove. There was a beautiful sculpture indicating the beautiful blooms to be seen here in Spring. I didn’t know that Magnolias were endangered. […]

A chilly Morton Arboretum Troll Hunt

I checked out a book during my Elmhurst stay that had to be returned in Elmhurst, and since I was “out West” I took a drive to the Morton Arboretum, where the Troll Hunt is on display. Of course after a perfectly sunny day, I picked the one on which a hailstorm erupted as I […]

Elmhurst Outdoors

While I was in Elmhurst, the temperatures were still fitful, but I did want to explore some of the outdoor attractions nearby. On my museum day in Wilder Park I popped into the Wilder Park Conservatory. The charming greenhouse was filled with the fragrance of Hyacinths. Narcissi gave me hope for Spring. The off-limits airplants had […]

The Slow-mo Snow Melt

We have had record-setting weather this winter, but the cold temperatures might finally be coming to an end. The ice queen is holding out during the warm-up, but she seems to be getting with the ice-loss program this week. I was able to resume my longer walk route on Monday and Tuesday, when it was […]

SnowMelt

From polar vortex to ice storm. This winter is definitely packing a punch. My frosted windows melted away on Friday and my car started without a hitch. This weekend most of the ice and snow also melted away in above 40-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. This cheerful snowman had a very short life. But our brief time […]

Polar Vortex

I am hunkering down for the polar vortex today. It is interesting how weather events can be very distracting. I was already planning a work from home week (rather than visiting a cafe or finding outside excursions), but when the weather dictates your schedule, it gets distracting. The temperature flux this week also requires extra […]

The Ice Queen visits again

January started off mild, but now we are getting the brunt of winter. A first blanket of snow appeared January 12. By mid-week the temperatures had become frostier, and the Lake had a visit from the Ice Queen. I enjoyed the stroll, although fingers get frosty by the lake when the wind is whipping. The […]

Preparing for 3 September events

September is here and it will kick off my holiday season. I am working on some Elmhurst angels for Girls Nite out on September 12. Then I head over to the Ravenswood ArtWalk September 15 & 16. I will be back in the “Atrium Building”, also known as the Hayes Building (same as last year). Meanwhile, […]

Nature Love

It’s been lovely to stroll around Evanston in this gorgeous weather. I am taking daily walks as part of a health plan, and love getting to know the various streets and gardens of my neighborhood better. Milkweed is abundant here, both planted by the city and private gardens, and it thrills me to see the […]