Category Archives: Nature Photography

Daily Walks

My hands are busy making bees and my brain is busy processing research, but I also aim to take daily walks as the weather allows. Here are some snapshots of the recent beauty in my neighborhood. I don’t get beach tokens, but sometimes I am tempted to take a day at the beach. Picnic tables […]

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 […]

Peonies

I’m getting my head back from being surrounded by sparkles and tools at the Bead & Button Show this year. My workshop was highly inspiring and I look forward to practicing the new skills I learned. Meanwhile, here are peonies that captivated me upon my return home. I just love how lush the blossoms are. […]

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 […]