Monday, July 29, 2013

a music and nature-filled weekend

What a busy, fun-filled weekend! This is what summer is all about ~ spending
time with friends and family, especially if it involves being outdoors.
Though you'll notice in the photo below that everyone is dressed as if it were 
October. That's what the weather certainly felt like this weekend! Even though we
 were wearing hoodies, we were still cold and wishing we had blankets to wrap around
us. Crazy weather for July. So, this is me and my friend, Cindy on Friday night at an
 outdoor concert that was a benefit for cancer. Photography note: never lean away
 from a camera while having your picture taken or it will look like you weigh 500 lbs.


Sunday morning I was still in my pajamas, sipping coffee and reading the Tribune,
when my aunt called and asked if I'd like to go on a hike with her at Volo Bog.
You betcha! Seize the day!
This beautiful nature preserve is only a 10 minute drive from my house and yet
I haven't been there in many years. I had forgotten what a beautiful area it is
for taking in all the sights and sounds of Mother Nature in such a peaceful setting.


I hope you don't mind this post being more photo-heavy than wordy. I believe these
photos speak for themselves. I took a ton of pictures; these are just a few of my faves.















Definitely no words needed for this one. :-)


What'd you do this weekend?



16 comments:

  1. This is such a great series of photos! The nature of the preserve, the bees, the flowers, and how funny are you in that last photo! Loved it!!

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  2. What a nice weekend! I love your bee photos especially. We did lots of work around the house this weekend and attended a birthday bash for two-year-old twin girls. :)

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    1. Glad you like the photos, Jennifer. I bet that birthday party was fun, especially for twins!

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  3. Living in northern Illinois mysel, we know the bea utter of the Volo Bog. Looks like a wonderful day!

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    1. It's definitely a gem in this part of our state!

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  4. Excellent photos Melanie . . . WOW!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynne - I took them with a point and shoot camera, believe it or not!

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  5. What a fun weekend you had! See you got out too! Thanks for visiting me. I'll be following you!

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    1. Thanks, Patty! I'm following you, as well!

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  6. Thanks for the tip about leaning away from the camera lol.

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    1. Wish someone would've warned me earlier, lol!

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  7. I'm so delighted that your aunt called and invited you to hike with her. Look at the wonderful day you would have missed. Your photos are wonderful. I love all the wildflowers. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. You are right, Connie - I am so glad I didn't miss that opportunity. I can read the newspaper anytime. :-)

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  8. Loved the last picture! Good thing you were with Aunt Suzie to supervise her...lol.

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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  9. Gorgeous Melanie, that's just my kind of flower patch, a prairie wildflower place. That's a look I love!

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