Des Plaines Flood – Wadsworth 1

Continuing north on Rt. 41 from yesterday’s post, we drove by a huge open area, normally dry, purchased by the Forest Preserve District and reclaimed from development, and returned to wetlands.

By the looks of the feature photo, that happened just in time!

The hardest thing in taking photos of the flood was to make them interesting, not just “oh look, water!”

Looking north up 41. Looks like one more foot and water would be over here

Looking north up 41. Looks like one more foot and water would be on the road here

The polarizer did help, allowing me the option of reflections or brown water.

Still, it was a challenge!

I took a lot of panoramics (love that setting!), but I didn’t really like how a lot of them came out. I may post one tomorrow.

We got to the Wadsworth Road bridge, where there is a canoe launch area and a spur of the Des Plaines River Trail.

If the water got any higher...

If the water got any higher…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you  head down the path, you are greeted by this:

A bit of an understatement

A bit of an understatement

The path itself was totally flooded.

The trail follows the - uh - open space between the trees to the back

The trail follows the – uh – open space between the trees to the back

 

The trail gave me an opportunity to see how far the river had fallen from its crest. The line of maple tree flowers made a nice high-water mark, and it looked like maybe an inch or two difference.High water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A long way to go!

As we were leaving, there right in front of me were three trees, all bending the same way. I had to get their picture!color trees

b&w trees

I’m not sure which I like better. I was going for an Ansel Adams vibe in the monochrome, and maybe hit it a little.

Tomorrow – one last stop!

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