Chicago Landscape Drawings

"Off to the east, Lake Michigan sends out its quiet message of natural beauty at every instant, even though few bother to observe it "shifting, changing, gathering light to itself. playing out the panorama of nature close at hand for the unheeding benefit of this creature, Man...." 

 

Robert Herrick, 1898, quoted in William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (New York: Norton, 1991).

"... I wandered and saw blue haze and red crags and was amazed:;

On the beach where the long push under the endless tide maneuvers, I stood silent; 

Under the stars on the prairie watching the dipper slant over the horizon's grass, I was full of thoughts.

... and all broken, humble ruins of nation."

 

Carl Sandburg, “Masses,” Watercolors Chicago Poems, 1916.

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