Ribbon trees in Chicago

I’ve been back since last weekend from a three-week trip to Washington, Chicago, and New York City. It’s taken me seven days to shake off the droopiness of jet lag.

Ribbon tree in Chicago/enclos*ure

Our two days in Chicago were windy (of course) and occasionally damp, and very few trees had even begun to leaf out.

But I was taken by this arboreal display of blue outside the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue.

blue ribbons tree in Chicago/enclos*ure

The ribbons were tied in the trees and along the fence in memory of the 28,828 children of Illinois who were abused last year.

Ribbon trees in Chicago/enclos*ure

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.  You can get more information here.

The ribbons will removed this Tuesday.

Ribbons in trees in Chicago/enclos*ure

The church has a nice Gothic courtyard too — although it was still quite bare in early April.

Church garden in Chicago/enclos*ure

this is the garden: colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing. . .

— e.e. cummings, “This is the Garden

Arbor Day

Yesterday, the last Friday in April, was National Arbor Day in the U.S.

The Washington Post had an interesting article about how tree canopy density is an indicator of wealth among D.C. neighborhoods. The reasons for the disparities are complex.