Tag Archives: Illinois river

Young Baldy

Took a drive through Starved Rock State Park yesterday to look for bald eagles. Only saw a few here and there along the Illinois river. Some were flying, some were perched in the bare trees over the water. This one, a juvenile, was sitting in the snow picking at what might have been a fish.

Did you know it takes five years before a bald eagle gets it’s white plumage?

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Tree Monster Walking

Many years of the Illinois River overflowing it’s banks has exposed the root structure of this 
Silver maple, yet it still lives.
Doesn’t it look like it’s about to walk away?

Hunkered Down for the Storm

Today was my day off, so I was happily holed up my my house, catching up on some neglected things (like my Blog) thankful that I didn’t have to drive in the snowstorm.
Then the phone rings. Okay, no big deal, a few people know I have the day off.  I answer.
“Hi Mom!” my son Eddie says cheerfully. “Guess what? I’m in a ditch!”
Okay~ I ask if he’s okay. He says he’s not hurt, he just slid off the road on his way to work and his truck is fine (little S10 Chevy), no damage, he’s just stuck. Not to worry though, he’s already called the tow truck and it’s on it’s way.
Okay good. I tell him to call me back when he gets out. We hang up. A couple of minutes later the phone rings again…. “Hey Mom, Guess what? I locked my keys in the truck and you have the only spare! Can you bring them to me?”
Sigh… So much for not going out today.
He went off the road across from the Illinois River Lock and Dam Visitors Center. I grabbed my camera on the way out thinking I might as well get a few shots of the river while I’m there.
The roads were a mess, it was slow going, but I saved the day (again) and made it in one piece.
By the time I got there, the tow truck had pulled him out and was long gone. One of the people who worked at the Visitor Center was kind enough to let Eddie sit with him in his car until I got there~ Yes, there are still good people out there! Thank you Bob!

The snow was really coming down now. The Geese above were hunkered down for the night, heads tucked down against the snow. The looked quite comfortable.

And the other side of the river was barely visible.

 I snapped my pictures and then we drove slowly home.

It Finally Snowed!

Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL

It snowed two days ago actually. This was the first time I could get out with the camera.
I must admit, I wasn’t thrilled when it started snowing because I was at work had to drive home in the middle of the storm. I am a transplanted Illinoisan and driving on snow and ice doesn’t excite me, but now that the roads are cleared and the sun is shining again, it really is very beautiful.

I love the way the light sparkles in the snow in the late afternoon sun, as in these pictures here. And the way the long blue shadows reach across the snow is very inspiring.

Yes, I guess you could say I do love the snow, from an artist’s perspective that is….

my tracks

weeds on cliff at river’s edge

Illinois river~ South Channel, looking East towards Lock & Dam

Illinois river, Lone Point Shelter, (south bank), looking west toward Starved Rock

Tiny Iceberg on Illinois River, Looking North

Itsy Bitsy Spider & forgotten Peony

 I was taking pictures yesterday and saw this tiny little spider and her web in my Nine Bark.
 If you look closely, she’s invited three gnats for dinner!
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…and my Peony finally bloomed!
another one I planted years ago
and forgot the variety name of,
Sigh……
It has a really sweet scent!
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More Flooding On the Illinois & Fox Rivers

We’ve had a lot of rain to go along with
our long, cool spring and once again,
our rivers are rising!
( We got another 2 inches of rain right after these shots! )
Junction of Fox and Illinois Rivers, Looking East

Veterans Memorial Bridge (RT.23) connecting Ottawa’s North Side to Ottawa’s South Side.

Looking across the water to Allen Park in Ottawa, IL The water is halfway across the Park.
This years flooding is minor compared to what we had in 2008. This light post is the same light post in the picture below (it’s on the boat docks under the same bridge in the second picture ).  Normally it stands above the water.
I think the water was a little deeper in 2008…. What do you think?   I had to stand on a nearby hill to get this shot because of the height of the water!

Apples and Cabbage (more signs of Spring in Starved Rock)

 
 
 
 
 
Commonly called mayapple~  Podophyllum peltatum,
cover parts of the wooded areas.
the Skunk Cabbage here~  Symplocarpus foetidus, is a rather foul smelling plant that love wet areas.
 And the final sign that Spring has arrived in Starved Rock…..