In our fast-paced world of technology, where populations are becoming more urbanized and life is increasingly experienced on electronic screens, people are losing their connection to nature. Yet nature is all around us, especially if you live in the Chicago area. Unfortunately, few Chicagoans know it's there. In My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago, photographer and humorist Mike MacDonald takes you on a trip to Chicago's wild side—a verdant, untamed Chicago that has been there all along, just waiting to be explored. Combining breathtaking images and imaginative prose, MacDonald leads you on an adventure into wondrous, enchanted lands located just up the road from home, work, and school. From kaleidoscopic tallgrass prairies to the open canopies of rare oak savannas, from the free-flying expanse of the butterfly to the mysterious world of the coyote, startling photographs of a vast and scenic Chicago evoke astonishment and delight with every turn of the page. MacDonald's contagious enthusiasm and decades of comedy experience are channeled into inventive essays, captions, and poetry that engage the imagination and add richness to your journey. This inspirational volume invites readers to cross the threshold, to get off their couches and abandon their screens, to come out into nature and play.
Mike MacDonald is passionate about Chicago’s nature. He wants to share that passion and introduce others to the more than 350 square miles of natural areas within an hour of downtown Chicago. He’s spent more than two decades as a photographer in this area’s prairies, savannahs, and woodlands. His immersive style of landscape photography give a hyper-realistic view that takes you into the real wonders of our natural world. McDonald’s new book of photos is, “My Journey Into the Wilds of Chicago. ” It took five years to complete. He shares some of the region’s most secretly beautiful spots.
Mike MacDonald expresses his passion for nature and photography in this TV interview.