A forest offers many stories. Views offer untold tales of history while foreshadowing future narratives. I invite you to spend awhile with one of this posting’s photographs and try to imagine the story that led to the scene or that is yet to happen.
I will provide a little history of the Cook Country Forest Preserve to set the scene for your story. This part of the Preserve dead woods according to one Forest Preserve employee. An absense of snakes signifies an incomplete food chain which leads to a reasonable inference that the continued survival of this forest is in peril. The urban forest is an oxymoron. “Forest” indicates wild and untouched plants and animals; “urban” indicates people presense and all the man-made unnatural ingrediants foreign to a forest. Telephone and electric wires signal division between forest and residential spaces. Buildings are visible backgrounds in many forest vistas. Traffic noises accompany bird calls. Some residents appreciate the chance to be close to nature; other residents would prefer the “weeds” to be controlled.