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LaBagh Woods Chicago by Bryna Shields

Whew! September was a crazy month full of projects. Of course I'm thankful for these opportunities, but more than anything, I've been craving some time to explore something new. My friend Aidan suggested we check out LaBagh Woods, which is a forested area in Chicago. I've lived here five years and had no idea this little gem existed! It's refreshing to know that there are still places left to discover if you look hard enough. It was a wonderful weather to get lost in nature, and I'm thankful that summer has stretched its limbs just a little bit further into the end of this month.

LaBagh Woods Chicago by Bryna Shields
LaBagh Woods Chicago by Bryna Shields
LaBagh Woods Chicago by Bryna Shields
LaBagh Woods Chicago by Bryna Shields
LaBagh Woods Chicago by Bryna Shields
LaBagh Woods Chicago by Bryna Shields

Baby Elephant

Herbie the Elephant by Bryna Shields My friend Juli is going to Kenya next month to hang out with baby elephants which I think is super cool and it inspired me to make this illustration of an elephant. His name is Herbie and I hope you like him.

Photographs / Thanksgiving

When I went home for Thanksgiving, the weather was so perfect and I spent a lot of time outside. Living in the city makes you appreciate the outdoors even more - I realized that I'd started to forget how wonderful it feels to just exist in nature. You start to forget about all the stars and sunsets and quietness and freshness. It felt like I had new eyes almost. I took a lot of time to reflect while walking around Walden Pond, enjoyed good conversations with my parents, caught up with old friends,  and breathed. Deeply.

Up There

Whenever I travel by plane, I often prefer the earliest flight possible. It's a little torturous to wake up and be functional, but totally worth it when you get to fly through the sky while the sun is rising. There is really nothing quite like floating through clouds when that golden light hits them and makes all these unexpected colors. These photos were all from my (6 am!!) flight back from Boston. Can you believe how drastically the colors changed within such a short time? I think I could photograph clouds at sunrise for ever and ever.