Color Changes

Fall is making its entrance, and the warm weather has people predicting that the leaves won’t stay on trees very long.

Recently I basked in the glorious sunshine that cast a special vibrant glow on the trees.

I love the three-toned trees this time of year.

I am surprised to still see butterflies fluttering and hear crickets in the thick grass, but am going to enjoy nature’s concerts as long as it lasts.

In mid-October Cicadas were still singing, and birdies are doing their thing.

The lake continues to provide peace and perspective.

Maybe I can sneak away to a nature preserve in November to forest bathe a bit.

But the local parks have plenty of beauty to offer.

This week the colder weather will call for coats and socks instead of t-shirts and sandals.

It has been lovely to have summer linger for a bit though.

I hope the color change holds for a little bit.

Here’s to joyous days playing in the leaves.

Seasons are a wonderful reminder of the cycles in life.

Enjoy your pre-Halloween week!

Fall Colors

It is Fall!


I love the beautiful jewel tones of the season.


Summer is still holding on here and there.


We had a few chilly days that got the radiators going.


But now we have warmer weather to where strolls in the park are enjoyable again.


Soon there will be piles to toss around.


The earthy scents are lovely too.


The beachfront has lots of color.


Golden hues abound.


Fuzzy flowers add their brightness.


Radiance is everywhere.


Seasons are a beautiful thing (as much as we gripe about the weather at times).


What’s your favorite season?


Golden Radiance

Tomorrow is Halloween, but this year I am more in Samhain mode.


I don’t know of any costume parties to go to, though the coming weekend is packed.


So here are some photos of the glorious Fall colors we’re having this month.


I love the brilliance of the golds and reds.


The ‘stoplight’ trees are my favorite.


The skies are a glorious blue and the sun is out with its brilliance.


We still have some bunnies hopping about.


he trees are so brilliant.


Colors abound.


Watching the progression is fascinating.


I can’t help but think of Monty Python when the leaves flutter about me.


Here’s hoping the Indian Summer weather holds for a few more weeks into November.


Saturday I’ll be in Lemont for a craft show from 9-12:30 with these three pieces.


I’ll pop by Aurora Rose Boutique afterwards where they have lots of fun Halloween gifts!


Want more trees?


I can’t get enough either.


Happy change of season to you!


May you harvest much goodness.

Ambling Caldwell Woods

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone
with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be
and that God wishes to see people happy,
amidst the simple beauty of nature.


As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will,
I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow,
whatever the circumstances may be.
And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
~ Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl


The day after Bevrijdingsdag (Liberation Day in the Netherlands) I took a stroll in nature, per Anne Frank’s advice, and was indeed uplifted by the beauty around me.


I explored the un-paved path of Caldwell Woods per a friend’s recommendation. Yellow flowers were abundant.


A Wigwam gave scope for the imagination.


It is inhabited!


Another compilation of tree trunks seemed to offer shelter.


There was water to reflect upon.


This tree has a face if you look closely.


These grapevines inspired me immensely, and remind me of some pieces I created.


This looks a little like some of my collar creations.


Spirals feature quite frequently in my work as well.


Textures were abundant.


I channeled my inner Bridgette with a tree photo.


My third eye was made aware of the violas and felt refreshed by the outdoors.


“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember,
a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight;
a home, a teacher, a companion.”
~ Lorraine Anderson (1952 – ),
Quoted in The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women



“Once there was a tree…”
~ Shel Silverstein in The Giving Tree

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

Speaking of books and letterpress, the Botanic Garden had some lovely works on display in their library this weekend, tying it back to the Block Museum Exhibit I visited recently.

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I drove there to see Treewhispers, a special exhibit that ends April 8.

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This project, begun by Pamela Paulsrud and the late Marilyn Sward in 2000, addresses the tree stories all of us have.

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

The project gathers handmade round pieces of paper on which people write or draw their tree story. These rounds are then strung on strings to be hung into a room as an indoor forest.

photo copyright Maike's Marvels

Standing in the room was magical, and I could see a few people passing through connecting with the project.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite books, because it touches on how much a tree can give to us. They are sheltering, they do offer perspective, and I find their life cycle awe-inspiring.

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I’ve got fond memories of various trees and forests. The tree lore of Celts and other cultures fascinates me.

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Do stop by before Treewhispers leaves on Sunday, and share your tree story here.

 If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees. 

~ Hal Borland