Posts Tagged ‘Monday walk’

Not far from us is the Lake Renwick Preserve, home to cormorants, egrets, herons, pelicans and more. During the breeding season, March 1 through mid-August, the preserve is only open for public programs and guided bird viewing so as not to interrupt or bother the birds. On a nice day, it’s a lovely walk. This day was several summers ago, but worth a revisit!

Tree swallow seems like a rather colorless name for this bright beauty.

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The main nesting area looks more than a bit like something from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

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Although I know Jo’s shivering just read this and will continue to do so as she virtually walks with me, this really was my dream walk. Many of you know we’re getting ready to move to Arizona in a few months, which prompts everyone to tell us how lucky we are. Truth be told, I grew up in the Midwest and, except for several years when I lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (think skiing plus an extra season, mud season, which comes after winter), I’ve lived with four seasons all my life. I confess: I love winter!

I’ve been actually praying for a good snow before we leave, but it’s been an almost snow-less winter so far. But when I woke up last week, we had about 5″ of snow, enough to feel and look like a good snow, but not so much that it was a problem.

After shoveling the driveway, I headed for the park, where my dream got even better…I was the first person to walk there since the snow had fallen!!! My cheeks and my smile were both frozen on my face.

Everything was covered with snow and breath-takingly beautiful!!

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The sun’s up earlier these days and I got going a bit later so the sun was hitting the tops of the trees along the river when I arrived at the snow-covered park. It wasn’t a lot of snow, but enough to look pretty and cover the bumpy ice still on parts of the path. It was nice not to crunch at every step!

Turn around. There’s the sun just over the horizon.

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I promised that we’d complete our walk through the Beyond Bauhaus weaving exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, so let’s get going. (Here’s the link to the prior post if you missed it.) There are some very fine (as opposed to coarse) weavings as well as another one of the ones that remind me of a waterfall. You’re welcome to stop and look whenever you like. Except for the last one, these depend not so much on color as on texture and shadow.

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Today you’ll be happy to be doing a virtual walk, as this walk was cold and windy, windy being a trademark of Chicago, and as I’m writing this, it’s also cold and windy. But you don’t even have to bundle up, whereas this poor lion in front of the Art Institute of Chicago was wearing nothing but a wreath. (He’s even blue with cold!) The enormous line of people waiting were bundled up a lot more.

We’ve seen part of the weaving exhibit at the musuem, but today we’re going to venture around the environs of the museum, heading toward The Bean, more formally known as Cloud Gate, in Millennium Park. But first let’s take a look at Crown Fountain, where the faces change regularly in all seasons, but no water comes out in winter. Wonder why? 🙂

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It’s grey and cold outside, so let’s take a walk indoors, inside the Art Institute of Chicago to the Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus exhibit. (If you click on the link, you can see a wonderful creation that I couldn’t photograph well. Worth the click.) And you can read a bit more about the exhibit, the movement, and the weavers here.

But if you just want to walk, you’ll find some fascinating and unusual uses of weaving, starting with this first one. I can’t even imagine the amount of time and material this took, to say nothing of a very large studio area!

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At this time of year, it’s not difficult to get to the park before sunrise. It’s my favorite time, a time when animals are often still out and when the park is usually rather empty (unless it’s the weekend.) In the last week or so, there’ve been some rather good sunrises, the sun first a small red-orange fingernail on the horizon, gradually growing larger until it emerges as a giant red ball.

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