If you have read some of my past posts over a year ago, many of them reference to the Morton Arboretum where nature meets man. Joy Morton, A man of Salt and trees, yes Morton as in the salt company had spent his later years preserving this beautiful property in Lisle for all to enjoy the trees from around the world.
We have seen the making of a Childrens garden to occupy the younger ones. We attended special events along with the famous Illumination in December which have become favorable rituals. There is always something to learn, see and do here. Today was an extra special day at the Arboretum.
Recently a Danish artist has been creating his special exhibit which officially opens on June 22. The giant structures of trolls carved by a Thomas Dambo have been slowly crafted at seven locations throughout the park.
Last week I captured a few structures on film as I tried out my new camera. The pictures were not part of the marketing print out which sometimes are so you know what to expect when you locate one. This time the locations were only given. It was a mysterious hunt to locate them only to open the eyes with a wow factor. All reclaimed wood put together, finely crafted on site bit by bit.
Morton Arboretum likes to do things in grand style.
Enjoy searching for the rest of the giant sculptures of hand crafted art. I’ll be back to find the ones I missed.
Posted in nature, outside, parks, Photographic art, photography, sculpture, texture, Trees
Tagged 3D art, adventures, art, blogging, IL, Lisle, Martina Landolt Photography, Morton Arboretum, nature, sneak peek of art in the park., special exhibit, Thomas Dambo, Wood structures
A few posts ago, I wrote about the Historic Ice Age Trail I walked on in Wisconsin. Apparently after that post, there were a few discoveries I decided to share.
While the start of the journey seemed so barren, there was evidence of man and mammals along the beaten path.
After following the yellow brick road (yellow trail) we find a yellow empty cartridge.
We had maps and our colors indicating which direction we were headed. Yellow was it for this day.
Kids are curious and have a good eye for spotting things close to the ground. I thought this was a beaten path for humans, not a shooting range.
The parking fee was not hand collected, towns lack funds to pay for employees to be there. They left this box for trusting souls to pay their fare. We went to find a gas station to get change and pay our fee for a walk in the woods on this overcast day.
The sky dark and mysterious, the sun bright and brilliant shielded by crossing clouds.
Overall it was great weather for walking and finding a new adventure. You never know what you will find when you talk a step and walk outside your comfort zone. The last photo shows the beautiful white birches my son captured so nicely along the water’s edge. The time was in March before the Spring heat and budding green foliage here in Wisconsin began to bloom.
Posted in landscapes, Mid-West, nature, photography, spring
Tagged blogging, hiking trail, historic ice age trail, Martina Landolt Photography, observations, photography, photos, reflections, studio67.blog, travel, Wisconsin
Do you see what I see?
From the natural wild into to the friendly waters behind glass walls at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Perhaps this creature’s instincts keep it still so as to blend into the environment and wait for the prey to come it’s way, or human arms to easily release food.
Zoos and aquariums are educational, yet sometimes I wonder if we should take away the animals, reptiles and mammals natural instincts of hunting, running and living the character nature intended. When species are almost extinct, man has to interfere and try to protect them. In from the wild, into a safe haven.
Aren’t humans the ones who created environments that leads to their extinction? Houses build on every green patch causing wolves, coyotes, raccoons, possums and deer in your backyard. ( At least here in the mid-west they become common place).
Are the hunters who kill for the price of ivory from innocent animals part of the problem. While mans actions of destruction cannot totally be regulated, monitored or controlled, this makes zoos and aquariums a protected space for animals and sea creatures, even if their natural instincts are subsided. The environment is in constant flux and climate change affects all living things.
The question of whether zoos were positive or negative was a paper my kids had to write about in school, my feelings are mixed and more research needs to be done to fully understand. I do recall an animal leaped out and attacked a child at a zoo. There’s no way of knowing what that animal was thinking as it was kept in captivity for visitors to view.
Photos taken at the 5th grade School field trip in Chicago.
Have a wonderful Mother’s day wherever you are. Without Mother’s we would not be who we are and where we are today!
Here we are on a trail that sounds so old and reminds me of the Ice Age movies. Hiking the trail seemed boring at first until you start to take a closer look. Found in and around Wisconsin, there are several spots to park and hike/ walk along a trail. There was a lake in the middle of our hike in South Kettle Moraine, WI. So happy to be photographing what my artistic eye sees. My boy scouts love to be walking along the trail, finding interesting objects and being one with nature, I enjoy it just the same. Excited that the warmer weather is here in this northern climate lasting where the cold weather seemed never ending.
What do you see in the top photo?
Posted in landscapes, nature, outside, photography, spring, What Remains
Tagged close up, hiking, Ice Age Scenic Trail, nature, observations, outdoors, Wisconsin
So the story goes …..I was awarded the “Spark Plug Award” for my volunteer efforts at the IP District dinner last month. I was totally surprised while feeling appreciated for helping the Boy Scouts in their marketing, communications and PR efforts. Officially I hold a committee position.
Last year, I was seeking a venue where my intellect, experiences and my Masters degree in leadership could be utilized. I’m sure my position will evolve over time as additional opportunities arise.
I’m Excited to be alive at a crossroads of time where young women can join the BSA while achieving the rank of Eagle. This will surely open doors for more female leaders. I love the outdoors and adventures as much as my boys do. We are all zip lining this week on our road trip. Wherever the road & adventures may take me… I’m ready to take on the leadership challenges going forward… and of course with my camera by my side, always.
Posted in children, photography, Reflections, through the looking glass
Tagged adventures, Boy Scouts, BSA, committee member, communications, Girl Scouts in BSA, Illinois, Indian Prairie District, leadership, life, marketing, observations, outdoors, photographer, public relations, Spark Plug Award, thoughts, Troops, volunteer