This seems like a good morning to look back, while I wait for the snow to melt and for things to green up. And other things to start flying around and biting (sigh) 🙂
Fifty years ago the Lake County Forest Preserve District voted to preserve a green corridor along the Des Plaines River. It would run from the Wisconsin border all the way through the county to the bordering county to the south. I have just read that the last piece has been purchased now, and nearly all of the trail has been completed. An incredible array of habitats have been preserved, rich in biodiversity. It took a great deal of thinking ahead, and nurturing of relationships with landowners along the way.
This painting isn’t that old, but I did paint it some years ago. It still stands as one of my favorites. I have seen wonderful things in my walks along the Des Plaines River Trail, among them these wonderful old Shagbark Hickory trees watching out over the river. I love their gnarly look and their peeling bark. They were one of the first trees I “met” when I became involved with ecological restoration many years ago. When I see one I am swept back to those exciting days when learning leapt out of the classroom and into the field, and I met people who shared my passion.