Day Two Hundred Twenty-three

Crowd-pleasing Nature

We’ve gotten greedy. On most of our nature walks, we only see a few other people. Today’s walk was quite the opposite.  It was downright crowded.  It actually took some getting used-to, especially for our son (fourteen and on the autism spectrum) with his extreme dislike of toddlers and their meltdowns.  Unfortunately, we encountered several toddlers–many of them unwilling nature-walk participants–but our son did quite well, and I’m proud of how he handled himself.

It was easy to see why the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, in Palos Heights, Illinois, is so popular; it is downright beautiful.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

We did not go into the popular nature center building, but instead walked on the Black Oak Trail (which was less crowded the farther we got from the nature center). This limestone and gravel trail winds past the Long John Slough, packed with water lilies, and through a forest of black oaks.  We ended our walk back near the nature center at an interesting bee-keeping area.

I have entered WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge with two pictures I took on this walk. The challenge is to take two pictures of the same scene or subject, with one horizontal and one vertical; check it out here.

My runners-up:

Little Red Schoolhouse LiliesGood day, good walk!

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