What does she, the darling descendant of a fortune-telling traveler, see in her future? It is certainly less bleak than that of my great-grandmother and her 11 siblings who were brought up in the poorhouses of London, but is it secure? If the children are our future, then hopefully it will not be too late for her generation to put right the wrongs that have been done in the name of power, profit and political gain, especially over the past few years.
This is my response to Ann-Christine’s request for us to look to the Future for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.
It’s been a while since I last visited Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg and there have been some changes which were noticeable as soon as I arrived. There is a new children’s playground complete with slides, climbing areas and waterfalls where the kids can have a great time. I just hope the parents don’t forego the opportunity of taking them around the rest of the facility to see all the wonderful things that nature has to offer, like flowers, animals, birds and other living, breathing things. There is also a new pond that has been created nearby although it appears to be a work in progress.
With all the rain we’ve had just lately it wasn’t surprising that the place looked so lush and green. I love walking around here! Apart from the forest preserves, this is the closest thing we have to ‘being in the country.’ I think it would be impossible to count all the different plants that flourish in Spring Valley.
The water in the lake was quite high and covered with water lilies which made ideal resting and hiding places for the frogs. Underneath the surface it was teeming with life as frogs, fish and turtles, in a frenzy of activity, made hundreds of little waves in the water.
I was pleased to see that the Kid’s Garden was flourishing, with plenty of flowers and vegetables on display. I think it’s so important to encourage children to take an interest in nature and that is just what the people at Spring Valley are doing so ably. After all, the future of our world and the environment is in the hands of generations to come. In these troubling times, it would be a sad thing indeed if we did not make the effort to teach them to understand and respect nature and each other.
Cee is certainly putting us through our paces as she has us crawling and flying for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge. For some, like this great blue heron taking off into the sunrise just outside Mackinac City, flying comes naturally…..
while most of us need a little help, like this plane coming in for a landing at O’Hare Airport in Chicago………
And others just launch themselves down a hill and hope for the best, like this ski jumper in Fox River Grove.
Crawling takes a bit of practice, as our granddaughter demonstrates. How quickly they grow up! Now she’s swimming, bike riding and doing gymnastics.
And here’s something we found crawling up the wall at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center in Ashland, Wisconsin.