Oh, Deer

You may remember my telling you last year that my favorite place, Illinois Beach State Park, was closed due to fallen trees.  Freak winds turned the woods into jack straws~ I’ve never seen anything like it.  I rejoice to say that most of the trails are open again.  Getting to walk “my” trails after a whole year of separation was kind of emotional for me.  I realized just how much this place meant to me.  Here are some images I took:



It’s hard to really grasp how much damage occurred here.  Well, damage may not be the right word.  Although I have never seen anything like this happen in these woods, I know that the ecosystem as a whole thrives on disturbance.  Now that so many of the black oaks are down, the canopy has opened up.  Plants like the lupine are quick to respond to increased light…Image

Along the way, I met this handsome young fellow :

Isn’t he a charmer?  So long as he and his kind stay in balance numbers -wise, I’m delighted to see him.

Published by melissabluefineart

visit me at www.melissabluefineart.com to see my original paintings available for sale.

4 thoughts on “Oh, Deer

  1. So glad you’re back in your favorite place. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly the land will bounce back from the destruction. It’s amazing to see how much Yellowstone has bounced back from the huge fires they had there in 1988.

    1. Oh, yes, I know! The first experience I had seeing nature bounce back was in a nature preserve where fire had been reintroduced after 50 years of suppression. It was just like watching a Disney film~ plants that had been lying dormant in the shade sprang to vibrant life. It was magical. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. It is interesting how what seems like devastation to us is really just business as usual to mother nature. We get so emotionally attached, and with our measily little life spans, it’s harder for us to see the big cycles of nature. I love your paintings, as always!

    1. Hi Michelle, Yeah, I think about that too, our little life spans and how important we think things are. If you’re ever near Chicago look me up~ we’ll paint together! 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Making the most of every new day!

Melissa Blue Paintings

Paintings Inspired by Nature

Poetry and Art

Francina & Guests

On Art and Aesthetics

Publication + Consultancy. Championing creative talent before a mass audience. Passionately global.

Western Carolina Botanical Club

The mission of the Club is to identify and study native plants and their habitats

Kevin Gleason Art

Plein air lanscape paintings from Santa Barbara and beyond...

Illinois Native Plant Society

Dedicated to the study, appreciation, and conservation of the native flora and natural communities of Illinois

B +Ve!!

A site for all positive thinkers to grow together!


return to the natives ... native plants are the answer.


I am beautiful princess.

My Small Surrenders


Murray Robertson (photography & poems)

I make photographs and poems to please myself (and share them to please you).

Suzette B's Blog

Inspiration and Spirituality **Award Free**


Tales, Thoughts + Tribulations of a Free Spirit in Suburbia

Lake Superior Spirit

Blogging from the Upper Peninsula North Woods...

By the Sea

In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. ~ Rolf Edberg

%d bloggers like this: