Urban Nature

by Camellia Staab July. 31, 2019 389 views

At this time of the year, Chicago streets are bloated with people. Tourists from all over the world and country make their way into this city for many reasons. Some come to admire the skyline, others to participate in the street parties (Chicago has over 100 festivals and parades from spring through fall). Some come to enjoy the activities on the lake, while others eat their way through the food trucks and restaurants, and yet some come to shop.

Chicago's Michigan Ave., a 13 block stretch, dubbed 'The Magnificent Mile" or "Mag Mile" is home to three indoor malls and about fifty flagship stores. On this street you can find everything your heart desires including the constant sound of car horns.

Other attractions on Michigan Ave. besides the shops and the abundant number of people and cars are the landscape beds and planters that have been arranged by volunteers.

Every year the City throws what it calls "Downtown Planting Party" the first week of May (weather permitting) and encourages volunteers to bring their own shovels and spades. The City's Public Works crew prepares the garden beds and the City supplies hundreds of flowers for volunteers to plant.

The result is what you see. But the presence of these flowers not only bring beauty to the streets of Chicago, but it also brings in some curious winged and wingless insects.

And so this is one way that the City of Chicago has tried to incorporate nature into the urban fabric.

It sort of works don't you think? 🌺🌼🌻

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Paul Hanssen 10 months ago

Great and inspiring idea!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Paul Hanssen 10 months ago

Indeed, well thought, on the part of the city.

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David Swatton 10 months ago

I remember walking down there in January 2000. The temperature was -5c without the wind chill and the pavement (sidewalk for our colonial viewers) was very empty... Love the planting - wonder how many of the crowd stop to look?

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Camellia Staab Replied to David Swatton 10 months ago

While I was walking, not many stopped. But at one instance there was a guy who had stopped and was looking at a tree. I stopped to see what he was looking at and he pointed to something hanging off of a leaf. With further inspection we noticed that almost every leaf on this tree had one of these things hanging/swinging. It turned out to be caterpillars making cocoons. I took pictures but only I can tell what they are. Anyway, to answer your wondering, very few were stopping to look at flowers. That's the beauty of being a photography hobbyist, it has taught me to stop, look around, take notice, and take photos, even if the photos are crap smile

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Bethany Plonski 10 months ago

Gorgeous! My absolute favorites are #23 and #24 - incredible details on the wings and legs, and I've never seen a bee hang like that! The location of these was a complete surprise to me too. I do some travel writing for work, and earlier this year I wrote about the Mag Mile for a conference we hosted in Chicago - this was not at all what I expected to see there. Love it!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Bethany Plonski 10 months ago

Thank you Bethany, this city always surprises me. If your travel writing is for public viewing I would love to tread it 😊

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Lynn F Medley 10 months ago

Definitely works!  your beautiful images portray this immensely!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lynn F Medley 10 months ago

Thank you Lynn smile

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Russell Smith 10 months ago

It amazes me how much wildlife is in the barren desert of the city. I do rather enjoy this series .

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 10 months ago

Thanks Russell.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 10 months ago

Thanks Russell.

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Berckmans Peter 10 months ago

Every bit of green counts. Nice set

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 10 months ago

Thank you smile

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Antonio Gil 10 months ago

Love the contrast between the buzz of the city and the buzz of the bees and other insects smile Pun intended

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Jay Boggess 10 months ago

Never having been to Chicago. I'm glad to see it has a softer, more colorful, humane side, rather than the stereotypical imaginings I've always had of it, as a cloudy, cold, windy, grungy place, full of ruthless gangsters, corrupt politicians, and slaughterhouses.....

Your camera work with these is stunningly beautiful with wonderful subjects, compositions, colors, clarity & bokeh....
Thanks for changing my attitude about this city! Now, I'm curious to go there to see what other pleasant surprises may be waiting for me!+1grinning+1

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 10 months ago

You are not the only one who has this vision of Chicago. Sadly it is an image that Chicago created of itself to the rest of the world through movies, its politics, its gangs.....Like every big city it has its good qualities and its bad qualities. The only way I would live there if I was rolling in money, which I am not. Therefor it's fun to go visit and sight see and be able to return to my "safe" home smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 10 months ago

I know you're right......
I don't like big crowded, expensive, dangerous, polluted places to visit.
When I travel now, I always try to stay in rural areas, in or near small towns, in modest "mom & pop" operated accommodations.
If I want to look at the collections of fine art, performances of music/theater/movies/etc, I'd rather experience them on the TV screen, in the safety & comfort of my own refuge, rather than having to risk life, limb and my wallet.....by having to negotiate the jungles that most inner cities, sadly, have become....When I was a young man, it was exciting, but now it's just become an unpleasant, uncomfortable, overpriced, dangerous "hassle"....... I guess my age is starting "to show".........right???
(((GRIN/Grimace)))

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 10 months ago

Age is what you want it to be....my mother is 87 years old and still thinks she is 25 ( granted her body doesn't think the same) 🤣😊

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