So this is another one of prettymycity’s work. Just a regular ol’ sunflower but nonetheless brings some much needed color to the decaying and wet river trail. This will be especially pleasant to look at come winter’s white and chilling hold. 

Thanks for coloring my city prettymycity. I only wish street art like this were legal to make our daily routines even brighter!

I heard there were foxes along the lakefront…

About five years ago I would see this one fox in the mornings, running in the street around Oklahoma between Delaware and Superior. One day I found it dead, hit by a car. More recently I’ve seen one on the South Shore bike path by the water intake station. A descendant, perhaps? Sometimes I see one by the North ramp from Lincoln Memorial Drive onto the Hoan Bridge.

I’ve seen coyotes all over the city. I heard once about a Native American tradition that says you will find your power animal by seeing it three times on the same path. After seeing the same coyote on the Cambridge Woods bike trail on two consecutive days, I went out the next day in hopes of being chosen by this magnificent specimen. All I saw were bunnies. Lesson learned.

Maybe one day I’ll see a bear, or a cougar!



The Milwaukee River was my first wilderness.

I grew up playing in the woods down by the river, all up and down between Riverside and Estabrook Parks. I remember the rope swing at the Bonzai tree, long before they cut off the branch that held it. Lots of (stolen) bikes got destroyed going over that drop. Back then skating and BMX were just getting started, kids like Amedeo G. were heroes, and there was a cool scene at Funland (now Harry’s).

When we moved to Bay View I had to give up being able to walk from my back yard into the Cambridge Woods, but I always go back to visit and to pull garlic mustard. This morning when I went out I could hear that screech owl that’s always around, down by Hubbard Park. I also ran into a small band of spooky forest people.



Humboldt Park is full of magic…

I heard that gnomes, elves, and fairies could be found in the park and that some of them have taken up residence in the trees, so I went to see for myself. I wandered aimlessly at first, but a chorus of crickets chiding my wood-headedness told me where to find the lair of the Blue Fairy. I found her just before the dawn, while Orion could still be seen cartwheeling across the Southeastern sky. I chose his brightest star, and being careful not to say its name (beetlejuice, beetlejuice, beetle…) I did as she bade me, and made a wish.