Category: Countrysides

Bergman Slough Super Moon

Coyotoes howl in the distance as the frost super moon rises over Bergman Slough. Smoke from a prairie fire lingers in the air to enhance the mysterious aura of the night.

Starved Rock Canyon Walls

Deep inside Illinois Canyon, the glowing St. Peter Sandstone cracked walls surround a burnt-out tree. Once a home to birds, insects and small animals, the charred tree truck now precariously rises above fallen autumn leaves in an attempt to make

Queen Anne’s Lace

Whether you consider the Queen Anne’s Lace invasive or an elegant delight, its delicate beauty is a sight to behold. The bright white flowers of the Queen Anne’s Lace can be found almost anywhere, lining our Midwestern highways or in

Snow Blanket

Covered in a blanket of snow, the sugar maple trees and dark spring-fed waters of Black Partridge Woods create a magical winter wonderland. The snow-kissed sugar maples stand guard over the spring-fed stream at Black Partridge Woods. The tranquil waters

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Once Lost Now Found

Previously overlooked, ignored, forgotten or lost? Regardless the reasons, rediscovery of these odds and ends has been a treat. From autumn’s hues to spring’s delights, what was once lost has again been found. Creamy water glistens down the waterfall at

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Forgotten Flowers

Summer’s beauty has gone and now these aging wildflowers go barely noticed. The change of seasons has taken its toll, withering them into woody remains. With little resemblance to their previous delicacy and elegance, one has to look closer to

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Autumn Color

Can’t see the forest for the trees, my feeling as I wandered the forest floor. Lost in autumn’s wonderland, trees stretching vertically toward the sky and leaves exploding in vibrant colors. Too much minutiae with little significance but how does

Ole Number 11

Beams withering, joints rusting and paint peeling, the adventures have come to an end. The once proud craft provided numerous safe passages through the chain of lakes for the many fishermen she has met. The vessel’s captain need not ever


Like a sculptor with a chisel, nature used glaciers, wind and water to carve the St. Peter Sandstone into rising bluffs and deep narrow canyons at Starved Rock State Park. For over 400 million years nature has been hard at

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Springtime Glen

Waterfall Glen is one of the most ecologically diverse forest preserves in DuPage County. The preserve includes prairies, savannas, woodlands, marshes, creeks and a 9.5-mile hiking/riding trail. This blended environment provides a habitat for a large cross section of scenery

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