When you think of the city of Chicago, what comes to mind? Towering skyscrapers? Fabulous shopping on the Magnificent Mile? Decadent deep-dish pizza? The Bears? Corrupt politicians? I suspect a haven for nature is not often thought of.
Surprisingly, there are several locations along Chicago's scenic lakefront where beautiful nature and wildlife can be found. Two favorite gems of mine are North Pond Nature Sanctuary and Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary. Below are a series of photographs taken at these small but special preserves where nature florishes.
Two precious downy goslings enjoy a dip in the pond
A Gray Catbird pauses from dining on tasty Sumac seeds
A colorful Green Heron hunts for a finned lunchtime meal
The striking masked face of a Common Yellowthroat
A Black-crowned Night Heron hides amid the leaving tree buds
The beautiful markings of a Yellow-rumped Warbler
A pretty Palm Warbler alights upon a blossoming branch
A queue of Red-eared Sliders rest atop a log
A diminutive Blue-gray Gnatcatcher flits from branch to branch
A lone Ovenbird perches upon a limb
Two Mallard ducklings delight in a late morning swim
The click of my camera shutter wakes a napping Red Fox
I have been a nature enthusiast since childhood. I am forever enchanted and captivated by nature's splendor. With this blog, I hope to share my bird, wildlife and nature observations through photography and writings.
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