Today was a beautiful day. One of the most beautiful of the year. The sunshine and blue skies and flowers and fresh air all made me remember how wonderful living in this world can be, on the right kind of day.
I rode my bike more than usual and I was thankful for the opportunity. In the morning I had to be far downtown for a seminar, so I took the Lakefront Trail for 45 refreshing minutes. A few hours later in the early afternoon, I got to enjoy the outdoors again as I biked from there to my office. While co-workers jumped in a cab, I couldn’t resist stopping by the Lurie Botanical Gardens in Millennium Park on my bike.
I wore one of the skirts I thrifted this weekend for $2. I enjoy wearing flowers in the springtime, although I know my fabric cannot compete with nature’s beauty.
The Lurie Garden is an almost miraculous spot in the middle of downtown Chicago. There is a glorious juxtaposition of nature and city. The skyscrapers are a sight to behold, hovering over the flower beds.
Getting down to the ground level and smelling the blossoms takes me back to my mom’s garden, growing up in North Carolina.
Then I stand up and see the architectural marvel of the Pritzker Pavilion, backed by the Aon Center and the Watertower antennas. Ah yes, Chicago!
I lack the green thumb of my mother, so this guide identifying the different flowers in the garden at this time of year was helpful.
This bird in the tree was making a fuss about me taking its picture. Very loud. Camera shy.
At the end of the day, I decided to take the Lakefront Trail home. On one of the most beautiful days of the year, why not end the day with more of the beautiful same?
I managed to feel like I spent a great deal of time outside, when really all I did was get from one place to another, pure transportation. Yet so much more. Everyone who rides a bike, you know what I’m talking about, right? :)