Tag Archives: monarch butterflies

Habitats and waystations

The Independence Day blog post I am working on keeps enraging me, so it will have to wait, and instead I am going to share my recharge sources. Lately the weather has been great for daily walks, so I walk my standard route to the lakefront and enjoy the flora along the way. Evanston is […]

Monarch love in North Park Village

On Friday I visited a lovely new-to-me Nature Preserve. North Park Village Nature Center is a remnant of a former Tuberculosis clinic in Chicago. The wooded, 46-acre nature preserve holds various types of landscapes. The easy-to-follow looped trails offer an overview of Savanna, Woodlands, Wetland, Prairie and Edge Forest. Open from 10 am to 4 […]

Neighborhood Nature

I am not feeling well today so there are no coherent words to write. Instead, I give you some nature photos from recent walks. You can find lots of beauty in your neighborhood. This sign at the Bristol Renaissance Faire made me chuckle (and a lavender bath is on the schedule). I love this flaming […]

Radvent: Wrapping

“If you look deep within, you will find a brilliant light. Too many, far too many, squint and turn away from the shine. Let your eyes adjust, and bathe in the radiance.” ~ unattributed Wow, after posting my “unwrapped” blog about Style, the Radvent I caught up on was Wrapping. It asks how you present […]

the holiday studio

UTEE figurines for Christmas by Maike's Marvels

I’ve been getting my crafty on with the advent of December. It’s been fun to “bake” my UTEE people to embellish holiday cards with. You can still order cards by messaging me The card creating was interrupted by a custom holiday order of a collage I did earlier this month. Even though I used the […]

Happy Monday!

photos of monarchs arranged on paper by Maike's Marvels

I have a post about the weekend in the works but was too busy cleaning on Sunday. Somehow that extra daylight savings hour got spent on straightening things up. It feels good to have the home swept and mopped. My back isn’t as happy though. Here’s a sneak peek on this week’s order. A variation […]

A butterfly scientist and mesmerizing Monarchs

Engraving of a Anna Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) portrait by her son-in-law Georg Gsell (from Chrysalis)

“Just living is not enough, said the butterfly.¬† One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen¬† By now you know I am fascinated by butterflies. Their magical lifecycle and the transformation they symbolize have mesmerized people for ages. I can’t help but hold my breath when one flutters by me, […]

Friday Fun: Rainbows and Monarchs

The other day I want to see the fall colors of the Botanical Garden and was surprised with a lovely rainbow. The pot of gold might be buried somewhere in the pond, but it was too chilly to check. Although I went for the leaves, a lot of flowers were still in bloom. This Autumn […]