Next on the occasional series about Lake County Forest Preserves, another section of the Des Plaines River Trail!
May 2012: We parked at the Kilbourne Road access and walked north. It didn’t take me very long to realize how out-of-shape I was. What helped? Stopping and taking photos, of course!
It was an early spring for us, warm earlier than usual by about 6 weeks according to my crabapples, and average wetness.
I was surprised by the swampy areas. It was one of the first of many over this past year. I guess you really do need to get out of the house!
Anyway, I also answered a personal question – what did robins do before yards? I saw more jumping and flying around the wet muddy areas than I could believe, and it made sense.
I was so excited at the photo opportunities that
in my one of first swamp pictures, I didn’t even see the wood ducks in the tree!
And one of those opportunities was successful, being a ribbon-winner (red) at the Lake County Fair this past year. That made me think that maybe I could be on to something here – someone else liked one of my photos!
The first wildlife I took deliberate photos of were some of the ever-present mallards, looking like they were getting ready to pair off for the breeding season. I was able to experiment with my new Sony Alpha 55 and the filter my kids got me for Mothers Day, a polarizer.
It was a quiet walk, with wild iris, clover and milkweed blooming. And the butterflies! I spent a lot of time watching them, waiting for them to land, but it seemed like a game to them – ooh, am I going to land here? or over here? More than once, throughout the summer, one would fly very close to us, daring us to capture its image. Stupid butterflies!
We got to the fishing pond (I don’t know what it’s called) and that seemed like a good point to turn around. Managed four miles that day. Not a bad start!
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