Sketchbook drawing of the creek at Pilgrim Park, by Jacqueline Perry, 2012

At sunrise, I hiked the steep hill to a favorite spot in Pilgrim Park (near Princeton, Illinois). In the past, I would always find deer there; but, no deer this time.

I sat on a crude camp bench to watch the sun come up through a line of bare trees.

POP POP POP…POP POP POP, the sound echoed loudly from the next hill. Hunting season, I remembered. Was I wearing any orange?

Examining my brown coat with the fake fur, I decided to head back, down the hill to walk the labyrinth instead.

About tobeamazed

My name is Jacqueline Perry. I am an artist and a pastor serving a congregation in the Midwest. In addition to my usual duties I lead art workshops as a way to explore lives of faith. Before I was ordained, I received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University. I have been an art teacher and exhibited work over the years. Living on the Great Plains has awakened my love for nature. I am amazed by nature, art and people.
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1 Response to Instead

  1. jane tims says:

    Hi. Glad you decided to move, but also that you had time to sketch the rocks and moving water…. Jane

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