In 1978, a 1,110 acre plot of land was purchased by the Lake County Forest Preserves. This property was a former gravel quarry and it was, most likely, quite an eyesore. The thought was that this property could be recycled and reclaimed - two of my favorite words and actions! In the early 1990's a master plan was created for the land, and finally in 2001 the park opened and it was called Independence Grove.
Whenever we can, and especially in the late afternoon as the blazing sun diminishes, Wes and I head north on Milwaukee Avenue about 8 minutes from our home to this lovely place. The water (remember I am a "water" girl!), the native grasses, flowers and critters plus the serenity of this park beckons us. Each time we leave, we are renewed and refreshed. Tonight was just such an experience.
Here's your namesake flower, Anne!
(The striped image in the middle is a dragonfly!)