Nature Walk

Yesterday, on my way into the studio, I took an impromptu detour onto a road marked The Hollows that I’ve been intrigued by for a while, thinking it might be a good place to go for a walk. Charlotte and Daisy Mouse were with me, and the truth is, we could all use a little more exercise.

Sunday at The Hollows

While we were there, we explored lakes and wetlands ringed by tall prairie grass and cattails, walked through a forest, came across an old fashioned drinking fountain pump, and encountered a few liberated gnomes, who had been restored to the wild, as part of the local conservation effort. At first Charlotte got very excited, mistaking them for Keebler cookie elves. While they teased her about that, they didn’t take offense, and later showed her the best place to take a catnap, on a soft bed of rushes at the water’s edge.

I took these snapshots with my phone—not great quality, but a good enough reminder of a very pleasant Sunday afternoon.

Since Charlotte really isn’t all that outdoorsy, I’ll likely come back here on my own sometime soon, to enjoy the scenery and go for another walk. It’s a really beautiful place, even on a cool and overcast day.

The Hollows Conservation District

Meanwhile, hope y’all had an excellent weekend, and stored up plenty of R&R to fortify you throughout the coming work week. Happy Monday!

About Jean Tuttle

Jean Tuttle is a Chicago-area illustrator, designer, and doodler.
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8 Responses to Nature Walk

  1. Sue says:

    Love the gnomes, makes me think of the movie “Amélie”.
    Your photo is beautiful. Almost like a Turner painting too!
    What a nice find.

    • Jean Tuttle says:

      Thanks, Sue. It sure is a lovely spot. Reminded me of the wonderful places we used to go walking in Westchester County on weekends. Though this was more prairie than forest. And never ran into any liberated gnomes back in those New York haunts. 😉

  2. Barbara says:

    Love it! Love the writing too!

  3. Alece says:

    Now I’m seeing a tv show in this!! LOVE it!

  4. carol says:

    Beautiful, Jeanie.

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