It is around this time of year that my extreme cabin fever sets in. I missing doing something as simple as sitting outside on my lunch hour, sans coat. Right now, I haven't done that in about six months. I always say that people live in Chicago because the summers make up for the brutal winters, but right around now is always the time when I start to question why I choose to live here.
Not to let the weather get the best of us, Mike and I (and our dog Taylor) usually set out on the weekends for some kind of outdoor activity. I always have a camera in tow because you never know what you might see. We live pretty close to a forest preserve so most weekends, we head there. Yesterday, that is just what we did.
We tried a new forest preserve though. I was hoping a different trail and some new scenery might lift my spirits a bit. However, when we got there, the forest preserve pretty much looked like this.
Not exactly inspiring, am I right?
I could have admitted defeat right there and put away my camera. I could have instead focused just on dodging puddles, walking my dog and scraping the mud off my boots, but I felt like that would have been letting the weather get the best of me. Plus, I love a good photo challenge. Then it came to me how much, I missed seeing the color green. I started envisioning how lovely this trail would look a few months from now when it was lush and covered in new foliage. And with St. Patrick's Day the just 24 hours away, I picked my photo challenge. I decided I would look for green.
So we walked, I kept my eyes peeled and anytime I spotted something green, be it natural or man-made, I took a picture. These are my green photos:
So there you have it. Lots of green. It's not nearly as much green as I would have liked, but it does give me some hope. Spring will get here, and when it does, I will be so happy to return to this trail and photograph it again.
A very happy St. Paddy's Day to you!