As I conclude my year in the dirty six-thirty and move onto other projects, I’d like to thank you for your attention. Time passed so quickly, it was a challenge to post every week even though I was in nature every day and will continue to do so. My closing remarks to you are to pick an adventure, get lost and find yourself! Stay grounded my friends.

Paint the sky, make it your own.
"To see the summer sky is poetry, though never in a book it lie – true poems flee.
~Emily Dickinson

It’s hot & humid but no complaints here because summer will end soon and we’ll be wishing for this weather in about 6 months. Enjoy. Be well.

Wishing the remainder of your summer is made of magical experiences like rainbows and sunsets to savor into autumn. (sunset photo credit: steve lona while on our sunset cruise in San Juan!)
“Hey! It’s summer! Be free and happy and danceful and uninhibited and now-y!”
~Terri Guillemets

Aaahh, first day of summer! Make the remaining 93 days count–go out and play!

“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.”
~Regina Brett

I had an opportunity to help mother earth–my company, Elkay, partnered with Living Lands & Waters to sponsor an event cleaning up the Illinois River. These images are of where we were stationed at Starved Rock. Feeling proud being a steward to nature. We all have a role to play–find yours…

Ahh, glorious weather!
“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”
—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

My walks are starting to remind me of when I started this blog back in September. It’s light outside by 6am and the temperature is slowly inching upward. I’m starting to feel the sun’s warmth on my face once again. Welcome back : )

This week we explore nature a little closer–macro photography! Some new extension tubes allowed me to get up close and personal with a pine cone and a fallen blossom from my magnolia bush.

Everyone and everything is ready for spring except the weather! We just can’t seem to break 44º F. Some people have begun refusing to wear their winter coats any more in hopes of forcing spring to make an appearance. Oh well, maybe next week.
“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”
~Anita Krizzan

This week we had wind, rain, snow & cold temperatures. I’m still wearing my winter coat on my walks. Boo. A couple hopeful spring quotes below to go with the picture I took at the recent Chicago Home & Garden Show. It goes without saying that, like in life, we can’t always control the things we’d like to; we have to keep practicing patience. Stay grounded my friends.

“I do hope that our spring will be starting shortly and we will all be able to enjoy some sunshine again.”
~Lesley Garrett

“I look forward to spring cleaning and putting things in their place. It’s therapeutic for me.”
~Kimora Lee Simmons

Posting more warm photos from Florida hoping it rubs off here! We’re getting close as we close out March. Much rain should bring blossoms soon.

I know I’ve been away for awhile. Life had detained me but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t indulging in nature to refuel my soul! I was recently in Florida enjoying the heat & humidity that nature provides there. Lots of fun photography…enjoy these nature photos and know that the warmth I enjoyed will soon be here!

A beautiful sunny day today with several inches of snow predicted tomorrow. Like life, the unpredictability of nature is exciting, especially as spring arrives. Get out and get moving so you can be prepared for whatever life throws your way.

“Wholesome exercise in the free air, under the wide sky, is the best medicine for body and spirit.”
~ Sarah Louise Arnold

Returning from Valentines Day, I hope everyone got out into nature and loved it! I did. Nothing like the kiss of cold snow & a brisk breeze to make you feel so alive.

Though it’s very cold and snowing today, there’s hope for spring. The buds on my magnolia bush are set to burst. Just need some sun. The dirty six-thirty has only seen a handful of sunshine this winter. Not much snow but still tough. People are feeling blue and wondering why they are so tired–lack of sun. Official reports say spring is just 5 weeks away now. I’m holding that critter to his word! Hold on and keeping looking forward. The buds on my tree will have bloomed by the end of March. You’ll see! Stay grounded my friends.

Happy Groundhog Day! According to Punxsutawney Phil an early spring is on its way! Today certainly backs up that assertion as it is raining and windy with thunder & lightening! Hang on…stay grounded.

I have a new walking partner! Now I have no choice but to go out into the cold, winter air.