It’s been unseasonably cold here in Chicago this week. So cold that a few big, fat snowflakes got mixed in with the rain today! But, fear not. Spring has sprung, and the April showers continuing into May have delivered some exceptional green all around.
There’s no better way to capture vibrant Spring greens than on cloudy, wet days, so I’ve been making the most of them!
Yesterday, I attended an all-day seminar at the Morton Arboretum (part of my Master Naturalist continuing education), and took a few, quick “drive-by” photos around the park before heading to class.
The redbuds were in full bloom, and I even found a few Virginia bluebells too!
Feeling inspired, today I decided to head out to my favorite nearby nature oasis today, Bluff Spring Fen, to see how Spring was progressing. As I expected, the cold and rain kept other visitors away and I had the whole Fen to myself!
The plants are most definitely a few weeks behind schedule this year, but overall the Fen is greening up nicely. The Mayapples are lush and growing…
The Lilies of the Valley were abundant beneath the giant Bur Oak trees.
The Fen is also starting to show a few wildflowers. Love these shooting stars!
and these marsh marigolds..
Thankfully, the rain paused just long enough to keep my camera dry while snapping these photos!
I don’t know how this little bitty 95-acre Fen manages to do it, but every time I visit this place I leave feeling rejuvenated and energized.
I didn’t realize how much I had been missing my nature walks these past six weeks until today. So, I vow to make time at least once or twice a week for a hike-- no matter what the weather is like (or how many house tasks I still have left to do!).
Have you been out for a hike lately? Where to?
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