Friday, April 28, 2006


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A window in the stone shelter at Johnsons Mound Forest Preserve creates a frame image of the forest beyond.

The shelter could easily hold a large crowd, but mostly it stands empty. In the 1950's it would have been filled to overflowing with families on an all-day picnic. They were vets from World War II and their families, arriving with baskets of home fried chicken and potato salad, and balls and bats for a game of baseball. There would be blankets for laying in the sun and taking a nap.

People don't seem to "do" picnics anymore.


pablo said...

That is a beautiful structure with lots of lovely stone work. If you ever get the chance, be sure to visit Fort de Chartes, down in southern Illinois. The state is rebuilding the old French fort with original techniques, and the stone work there is a thing to behold. I haven't been there in years, but I sure would love to come up with a reason to.

srp said...

I always love old stonework and love all shapes and sizes of archways, lovely.

Tim Rice said...

Ah, the stories behind structures. And I still enjoy picnics when I get the chance.