Cook County is home to millions of people, but these assorted photos are evidence that the natural world hangs on and has the power to enchant. It's these small moments of wonder that continue to propel my work and much of my life. A long time ago I committed myself to world of urban horticulture and nature. That work, I'm happy to say, continues to take me in wonderful and challenging directions. I hope that these photos may inspire others, and it's a real honor to be included with this group of artists.