melissabluefineart A little over a year ago my daughter and I went exploring in a different forest preserve than our usual haunts. Illinois can be a bit flat, but here we found a lovely ravine with a bit of a stream meandering along at the bottom. The air was soft and still, and golden leavesContinue reading “McDonald Woods”
The Botanists http://www.melissabluefineart.com Yesterday I had the good fortune to help lead a volunteer workday at a nearby nature preserve. Almond Marsh is blessed with a large natural marsh and a nice quality upland savanna. It is also blessed with a wet area accidentally created when a road was constructed. A low area filled withContinue reading “Leading a Volunteer Workday”
Blazing Stars Along the Dead River This was an exceptional summer for blazing stars at Illinois Beach State Park, and I wanted to share them with you. I think I’ll probably paint a whole series, because it was just so pretty. This kind of beauty is worth hanging on to, don’t you think? Luckily weContinue reading “The Birds, the Bees, and You”
I have been thinking about trees a lot lately, and, coincidentally, so has my forest preserve district. When I was in college I was taught that the climax forest in my area was the oak-hickory forest. I interpreted this to mean that if a forest was left alone, it would arrive at a community ofContinue reading “Where’s the truth?”
Keeping our river ecosystems healthy will help keep our planet, and us, healthy.