Sunday, March 19, 2017
"My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago"
More nature can be found within an hour’s drive of downtown Chicago than twenty-nine national parks, yet most Chicagoans are unaware. Until now! Come to be informed and inspired, as internationally published photographer, author, and humorist, Mike MacDonald, takes you on a virtual journey into Chicago’s wild side. Combining breathtaking images and imaginative storytelling, Mike leads you on an adventure into wondrous, enchanted lands located just up the road from home, work, and school.
About Mike MacDonald:
For over two decades, Mike has photographed Chicago’s natural wonders: its prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. His celebratory work has earned him the distinction of being Chicago Wilderness magazine’s most prominently published photographer. His images have been nationally and internationally featured in many publications such as Outdoor Photographer, Petersen’s Photographic, Boy’s Life, and BBC’s Gardens Illustrated magazine.
In 2015, Mike photographed, authored, and published his nationally acclaimed coffee table book entitled My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago: A Celebration of Chicagoland's Startling Natural Wonders. Publishers Weekly wrote, "It was celebratory, soulful, and poetic." And just a few months later, Mike doubled down on his commitment to connect Chicagoans with nature by launching ChicagoNatureNOW!, a website that helps people discover the best nature that the Chicago region has to offer.
Mike is the creator of an immersive style of landscape photography, designed to give viewers a hyper-realistic experience of each breathtaking scene. His approach is a fusion of macro and landscape photography that transforms seemingly flat prairie landscapes into rich, three-dimensional panoramas. It has been said that a Mike MacDonald photograph allows the viewer to enter the scene and to share his experience.
Mike's photographic playground includes many wild locations across the Chicago region such as Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, Bluff Spring Fen in Elgin, Spears Woods in Willow Springs, Orland Park's McGinnis Slough, Lockport Prairie, and Wolf Road Prairie in the town of Westchester.
Our Adult Programs:
A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
Our Program for Children:
Location: 7574 Lincoln Ave. Skokie IL (at Howard St.)
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