Category Archives: Nature Photography

Butterflies & Blooms visit

About two years ago The Chicago Botanic Garden implemented Butterflies & Blooms on its grounds. From late May to Labor Day, the garden has a tent that houses numerous exotic butterflies for the public’s viewing pleasure. It is a great way to get up close with these magical creatures. Morphos were abundant this year, and […]

Girly Time

On Sunday a few of us girlfriends had a gathering where no boys were allowed, and it was a lovely time of chatting, nibbling and toasting each other to the good things in our lives. We capped the evening with a candle-lit Fairy and Goddess Card reading, which seemed to hold good messages for everyone. […]

Buffalo Rock State Park

On my last day of the Utica excursion I decided to give Buffalo State park another chance. I had visited it years before, excited about the earth sculptures, only to get hot in the harsh sun of the prairie landscape. To let a speeding truck pass me I pulled into the Illinois & Michigan Canal […]

A Mini-Hike at Starved Rock

I planned on walking the majority of the Starved Rock Trail on day two of my Utica excursion, but the majority was closed due to fallen trees and storm damage in mid-July. Even the Starved Rock Lodge had a tree fall in per one resident. Basically the entire stretch of the park trail was closed, […]

Bumbling Along Matthiessen State Park Trails

In mid-July I took an excursion to Utica to clear my head and ground myself in nature. My favorite park in the Starved Rock Area is Matthiessen State Park. For a while it was a well-kept secret, with most tourists favoring Starved Rock Park. Unfortunately (for me) it has gotten more popular over the years, […]

Other people’s gardens

Normally this time of the year I have plenty of butterfly snapshots, but they’ve been scarce thus far. I am pleased to see monarchs fluttering about, the cabbage whites are becoming more visible, and I’ve spotted a few admirals, but not as plentiful as seasons past. Those I do see are either too fast or […]