Last week I made some time for some personal photography, walking, and clearing my head. I explored downtown, the West Loop, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It was a much needed creative break and fun to shoot outdoors a bit.
The warm weather and fall colors are about to disappear over the coming weeks, so I figured I would take this moment to remember a trip I made to the Chicago Botanic Garden a few weeks ago.
At the beginning of October, Shannon and I were out in the Boston area visiting our friends Brian and Abigail. During the trip we visited Red Fire Farm where we chopped, mashed, and squeezed a bunch of apples. We made apple cider!
I’ve never made apple cider before and it was fun to learn the process. It’s been years since I’ve been on a farm, so that was a welcomed experience as well. Chicago, or any major city, is very loud and hurried. Rural life can be a bit more quiet and peaceful.
Though I’ve grown accustomed to Thai food, museums, and life without a car, I often miss the tranquility of nature. I miss the stars of the night sky and getting lost in the woods. This trip has taught me, more than anything else, that I’ve done a poor job of balancing my love of nature with my daily hustle in urban life.
There’s even been studies done that say nature can ease depression and boost well-being. And yes, I’ve said this plenty of times before, but I really should explore more. Maybe someday soon I’ll listen to myself.