Chicago is FLAT unless you include concrete overpasses and underpasses. Starved Rock State Park is a short two-hour drive west from my hometown flatland. The change in environment is extreme and refreshing. Also, it is exhausting for Chicagoans’ muscles used to walking flatland. So, while I rest my arthritic knee and other stressed body parts, I will share some this area’s splendor. My aches are welcome remnants of time well spent; my body will heal and my memories will last for ages.
Some images are from the nearby Matthiessen State Park which we visited as well thanks to the strong recommendation of our daughter. Both Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks in Illinois are results of glacial movement south and then melting and retreat. These parks are witness to natures’ strength and constant change.
Warning to anyone that thinks venturing off marked paths would be fun! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Canyons of Matthiessen State Park. The people in the background give you an idea of its grand perspective. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg.
That bridge is partway down into the canyon. Awe inspiring views. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Wild Cat Canyon in Starved Rock State Park. One of many canyons in the preserve. Waterfalls were very small because of lack of rain recently. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
100 steps down from the Lodge was the “beginning” of many more steps down into canyon bottoms. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Bee and Fly laboring on Dahlia. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Watching others busying themselves is my amusement lately while I take time out from routines and duties to refresh myself. It has been too long since I have been able to stay still in one place, just be tranquil, with empty thoughts. This luxury of unfilled time will last only a brief while. Time is precious. I watch others do their routines such as this Bee and Fly on a summer Dahlia and I am grateful for the ordinary, underappreciated, normal paces of life. Soon I will rejoin the busyness and be productive again with a passion that comes from this immeasurable restorative respite.
Tigger, stopping to enjoy life. copyright 2008, Pamela Breitberg
This picture of Tigger, years ago, serves as a reminder for me to STOP and spend some time outdoors, just being one with life and nature. I thought it appropriate to use it as my 300th post. How rewarding this blog experience has been for me over the years.
My primary reason for beginning to blog was to share images with long distant family and friends. Silently, partly subliminally, I was also fulfilling a desire to write as a naturalist. This blog has allowed me to write in a manner that fits my life schedule. I have yet to figure out how to have the time necessary for any lengthy writing projects.
I am blessed. My hours outdoors are gifts. To be able to retain a tiny portion of these experiences via the camera is a “Miracle Respectfully Preserved” that I revel in sharing with each of you. Each of your “likes” and comments been a treasure for me. THANK YOU and keep enjoying the miracles, big and small (are there really any small ones?!) around you!