http://www.melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com Up in the northern reaches of Illinois Beach State Park, near the Wisconsin border, is a network of wetland meadows. When I found it some 15 years ago, it immediately became one of my favorite places on earth. Just looking at it I can feel the cool water as my bare feet plungeContinue reading “Watery Memories”
This weekend I was invited to attend a Pow-Wow in a nearby town. My friend is of Native American descent and I was so pleased to be invited to share a corner of his world. It took me a few moments to get past the feathers and fringes, and begin seeing the people. It wasContinue reading “Water, Water, Everywhere…”
I hope you don’t mind, I’m reusing this image because it seemed so appropriate. Like a lot of the country, Illinois has been experiencing a hot dry spell that defies memory. In fact, I feel like one of those elders, standing around, chin in hand, saying, “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it get likeContinue reading “Out on a Limb”
When my family moved to Lake County, Illinois back in 1974, the roads were narrow, the fields were wide. Wetlands and pothole lakes left over from the last glacier stretched to the horizon. The weather here was, um, dramatic, compared with what I was accustomed to. Being a kid, I thought snow drifts taller thanContinue reading “Still Waters”
Keeping our river ecosystems healthy will help keep our planet, and us, healthy.