Living in an urban environment can make it difficult to experience real nature. I have lived in Chicago for the past 20 years and I am glad that we have several Forest Preserves surrounding the city. Without these stretches of nature we would truly live in an urban concrete jungle.
Schiller Woods is located on the northwest outskirt of Chicago. Part of this Forest Preserve borders the city and the other side the suburb of Schiller Park. These woods are a popular destination for picnics, family gatherings, BBQs and sports events. I enjoy walking the trails and occasionally I ride my bike through there as well.
Last October I was feeling fed up with the day to day grind so I started visiting the forest on an almost daily basis. Since I worked in the afternoons I had time to visit before my work day began. The fresh air and the sights made my days so much better. Fall is a wonderful time since every day brings new colors and new sights. I eventually got inspired to bring my camera and I snapped some photos:
- Fall Flashback – Kawishiwi Falls October 2012 (wildforthewoods.wordpress.com)
- Habitat restoration workday held at Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove (dailyherald.com)