Category Archives: Cook County Nature

Information and photography about Cook County nature, wildlife, landscapes, habitats, and biodiversity. Cook County is in Illinois. Chicago is in Cook County.

My 2015 Search for Spring (and Skunk Cabbage)

Every March, I go to the woods in the hope that I will find evidence that spring has begun. For me, that’s when skunk cabbage emerges from the mud or, as is the case this year, through the snow. Skunk … Continue reading

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The Monsters in Our Midst

Along this tranquil autumn stream, monsters lurk in plain sight. Location: Black Partridge Woods, Lemont, Illinois Forest Preserve District of Cook County At Black Partridge Woods, invisible raindrops plummet from the gray onto a canopy of yellow sugar maples, dislodging … Continue reading

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Stop and Look Up: A Winter Daydream

Stop and Look Up Sun and snow on the trail, slip-sliding with ease, Stop and look up, see the lace in the trees. Take your mind off the cold, as your fingers they freeze, Stop and look up, see the … Continue reading

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Searching for Spring (and Skunk Cabbage)

Today, March 10, 2013, spring officially began in the Chicago area. For me, the beginning of spring does not arrive in a fanfare of color. Rather, it begins subtly, when sometime in March, speckled maroon and yellow spathes of skunk cabbage … Continue reading

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Digital Landscape Photography: New Possibilities in Storytelling

Not until recently, did I begin to photograph the landscape with a digital camera, leaving behind the beauty of transparency film and the process of leaning over a light table, one eye to the loupe, to immerse myself in the colorful world living within. … Continue reading

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Transcendental Light & The Art of Landscape Photography

On this typical May morning, along a bluff at Black Partridge Woods, transcendental rays of new-day light fleck the verdant floor and streak across serpentine waves of woodland phlox, casting the divine onto this springtime panorama. Thirty minutes earlier, though, only flat blue shade … Continue reading

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New Nature Photography Blog: A Celebration of Biodiversity & The Art of Nature Photography

It’s a new day and a new year, and with them come a fresh new resource, a nature photography blog that speaks to the avid photographer and the lover of nature. I call it: The Heart of Nature. The purpose of this blog is to share my insights about photography … Continue reading

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