Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Nature Addiction Part Two

So upon returning to the Prairie State, I've searched out my own little nature walks.  You've already seen the Prairie Path (or at least parts of it from Crystal Lake to Algonquin) in a prior post;  here is Huntley Park.

The walking path encircles the park and weaves through a tiny bit of wooded area on one side.  It's gently hilled and there is a little pond in the center upon which float Canadian geese.

Again, for a much better view, click to enlarge:

I'm Becoming Addicted

to nature walks.  Well, as much nature as you can get in the suburbs. 

This addiction seems to have taken root since I retired and have been spending winters in Florida. The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area has many parks, each with distinct and varied features.  My favorite is Lake Seminole Park, with its treed entrance, many different shelters and pond/lake areas, and especially the walking/biking path.  For you nature lovers, click on the virtual tours of the parks at the link and then Philippe Park and Walsingham Park, two more I frequent in the winter.  (Click photos to enlarge...it's worth it!)

Driving in

Lake Seminole

One of the ponds
(Winter '08 under construction)

Another pond

Part of the walking path

Over the River and Through the Woods......

only it's not "to Grandmother's house we go" nowadays.  Since my son and his family have moved, it's Grandmother going to their house.  Which I'll be doing for a week every month once I relocate to Florida for the winter.  In the meantime, to give you a glimpse of what I miss (especially if you aren't aware of my daughter-in-law's blog...photos courtesy of her):