Hunting for Green

March 17, 2013  •  1 Comment

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.

Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago 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:

Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago muddy dog Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago moss Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago graffiti Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago Amy Sayre Photography forest preserve chicago trail 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!


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1.Madre(non-registered)
Actually that is a lot of green for the cold we have had! I see (split in the middle pic group- pavers on the left - small plants on the right) that you have Mustard plants in IL. They started showing up here about 8 years ago and are VERY invasive. But when I looked them up found you can make a tea with the young leaves.
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