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August 17, 2020
Weekly update: spiderwebs and nearly-a-finish from With Strings Attached


Wildflowers at Camp Logan, Illinois Beach State Park.  

Left top: liatris (blazing star).  Left bottom: ?  Center top: storksbille. Center: lythrum (purple loosestrife) -- an aggressive invader though eradication efforts have reduced its spread. Center bottom:  SEDGE*  Right top: Joe Pye weed.  Right center: Two-flowered Cynthia (krigia bflora). Right bottom: either water hemlock (poisonous!) or cow parsnip.  

*thanks to those who identified this mystery

In the studio:   I'm up to 23 out of 30 spiderweb blocks.  I know, I know: I said this project didn't need to be hurried. But once I get going it's hard to stop. 

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August 11, 2020
Weekly update: wildflowers, wall hangings, and reading from With Strings Attached

I was up early Sunday morning and caught the sunrise over Lake Michigan at 5:52 a.m.  That's 38 minutes later than the solstice on June 22.

On the way home I stopped at Spring Bluff Forest Preserve and took photos of some of the wildflowers.

Left:  mullein, blue vervain, and prairie coneflower. Top right: primrose. Middle right: tall coreopsis ("tall" is part of the name).
Bottom left: a pretty array. Center: bergamot aka monarda aka bee balm. Right:  Queen Anne's lace.

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In the studio:   after I finished Triangle Endeavour (see the previous post) I began working ...

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June 15, 2020
Weekly update: deliveries, small finishes, and new projects from With Strings Attached

The sky was so clear today that the Chicago skyline was visible from Hosah Park.  That's 40 miles away.  You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Look at the horizon on the right and you can see the outlines of the skyscrapers.

Closer to the ground:  flag iris, coreopsis, daisies, spiderwort. I think the plant not in bloom (upper right) is a mullein. It is a huge specimen.

One Tuesday I drove on the Tollway (I-94) for the first time since February when I went to Glen Ellyn.    I met first with the incoming AAUW-IL president to ...

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June 8, 2020
Weekly update: wildflowers and SIP from With Strings Attached

Early June is a wonderful time for wildflowers!  The collage at the left has pictures from Lyons Woods Forest Preserve and Illinois Beach State Park.

Every year I look for wild flag iris.  The blue flags are native and the yellow flags are invasive. There are a lot more yellow.  (They differ from hybrid iris in that they grow at the edge of marshy area to keep their feet (rhizomes) wet.)

I also look for this patch of misplaced hybrid iris at the Camp Logan unit of Illinois Beach State Park.  It has really spread since I began observing it ...

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June 1, 2020
Weekly update: May round up, June plans from With Strings Attached

There was a protest and some looting in Kenosha last night.  A not-funny-prank call threatened looting at Gurnee Mills, prompting a robo call from our local police warning residents to stay home Sunday evening. It was quiet here.   I hope it was quiet where you live, too.

Saturday at Illinois Beach:  One tree in the water (but still leafed out).  Another will topple soon. Still high water on the trail.

Sunday:  the nature trail in the ravine (a block from our house):
Rue anemone, May apple, Solomon's seal, skunk cabbage, trillium, golden Alexander, ranunculus (buttercup), aquilegia (columbine).

Our friend ...

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May 11, 2020
Weekly update: masks, houses, and how it turned out from With Strings Attached

Tulips, 6 a.m.

Tulips, 11 a.m.
What a variety of weather we've had!  Two warm days (first lawn-mowing of the season) followed by near-record chill with a touch of frost Saturday morning.  The parking lot and trails at the Camp Logan unit of Illinois Beach State Park were still flooded from the April 29 rain (3.37") but Saturday afternoon we tried Hosah Park (the one patch of lakefront that belongs to Zion Park District).  But where's the beach? Somewhere near Indiana by now.  Last summer there was sand at the end of the boardwalk and ...

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