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Environmental Photographer | Artist | Woodworker
Environmental Photographer | Artist | Woodworker

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Exploring Nachusa Grasslands
Just outside of Franklin Grove, Illinois, and a few miles from Dixon, lies 3600 acres of Illinois prairie. Much of it is in the process of restoration, but there are many rare remnants of natural prairie, savanna, and wetlands withing the boundaries. Volunt...
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Exploring Nachusa Grasslands
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French Canyon
One of the closest canyons to visit in Starved Rock State Park is French Canyon.  Just a few hundred meters from the parking area, it's a popular destination for visitors.  However, the narrow canyon makes it just a bit tricky to walk up a short portion of ...
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French Canyon
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Visiting the Falls in LaSalle Canyon
The recent rainfall in Illinois increased the amount of water falling in the canyons of Starved Rock State Park. The waterfall in LaSalle Canyon is a popular destination for hikers, and the trail goes behind the falls. The view through the falling water is ...
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The Waterfalls of LaSalle Canyon
The rain let up just before we arrived at Starved Rock State Park, allowing us to view the waterfalls at their full flow. Summer often dries up most of the waterfalls, and leaves the others dripping a trickle of water to the canyon floor, but luckily they w...
The Waterfalls of LaSalle Canyon
The Waterfalls of LaSalle Canyon
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Color Returns to the Dunes
Following a colder than usual spring, the colors and flowers are back again along the rolling dunes of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  A large cluster of wild lupines blooms just over the ridge of a wooded dune, just a few yards from Lake Michigan. F...
Color Returns to the Dunes
Color Returns to the Dunes
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Canyon Waterfall
Waterfall Glen forest preserve is known for miles of hiking trails and a popular waterfall almost everyone loves to visit. But that popular waterfall is not what it seems, it's a man-made waterfall built in the 1930s.  The real attraction at Waterfall Glen ...
Canyon Waterfall
Canyon Waterfall
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Sagawau Canyon
Sagawau Canyon near Lemont, Illinois, is Cook County's only natural canyon, and a protected environment. It's not only a protected area to save the intricate dolomite canyon walls, but the canyon supports some rare and endangered plants and even some wildli...
Sagawau Canyon
Sagawau Canyon
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The Restricted Cliffs of Hanover Bluff
The tall stone cliffs of Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve seen from afar. The area is now restricted, and not open to the public. We wandered around the area for quite some time, looking for an open trail, but were not successful. A DNR officer happened to dri...
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The View From Hanover Bluff
After a long hard climb to the top of the bluff, we were rewarded with a fantastic view of the valley below. No trails led to this open area on top of the wooded bluff, well over 100 feet above the flat Mississippi River valley, but we managed to navigate o...
The View From Hanover Bluff
The View From Hanover Bluff
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Upton's Cave
Following a narrow trail worn into the side of the sloping ground at the foot of the tall, stone bluffs, we eventually came to Upton's Cave. Driving past this area in winter helped us find this cave; every other visit was in the warmer months where the dens...
Upton's Cave
Upton's Cave
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