The Illinois River from Lover's Leap

June 16, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
For Central Illinois, Starved Rock State Park offers some of the most beautiful views. After a hike up to Lover's Leap, I was able to make this image. I was thinking about waiting around for a sunset but the clouds were moving, but I was happy with this view and composition showing a little bit of the rocky bluffs in the lower right and featuring t...
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Peace Along the Vermilion River

June 14, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
One of the most relaxing spots at Matthiessen State Park is this spot along the Vermilion River. It was so relaxing walking out on a rock and just sitting while listening to the water trickle by. We had this spot to ourselves and it was heaven.
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Wildcat Canyon Falls

June 12, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
It was more like a trickle than a waterfall in the Wildcat Canyon on Tuesday but I was thankful and surprised that there was any water at all. Julie and I had this beautiful canyon almost to ourselves. I was able to get out the tripod and take a long exposure image. It was well worth the hike.
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Green Heron in Good Light

June 06, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
I always consider myself lucky to find Green Herons and especially lucky when I find them in good light. They typically are in very dense cover along bodies of water. This one was stalking fish along the pond in the open and in good light.
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Banking Great Blue Heron

June 05, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
I thought this image of a Great Blue Heron banking as he was about to land, gave a unique perspective and view of its massive wing span.
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