trailside museum of natural history

Chicago’s suburbs–there is Park Forest, Forest Park, Oak Forest, Lake Forest. (So many forests.) And on the western edge of River Forest sits the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History. A smallish museum in a grand building.

You can read about native birds and trees. Free admission for those looking for an complimentary place to learn.

spooky town

Was in northern Florida for a work trip, and I forgot how much I appreciate Spanish moss. So spooky looking. It drifts in light breezes.

Spanish moss is neither Spanish nor a moss. It’s a bromeliad–a perennial herb in the pineapple family, of all things. The University of Florida offers a online fact sheet on this perennial, which you can access here.