McDonald Woods

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”

Leading a Volunteer Workday

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”

The Birds, the Bees, and You

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”

Where’s the truth?

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?”

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