I am lucky to live very close to the Hennepin Canal in north central Illinois. It is a quiet place to hike throughout the year. I spend a lot of time roaming the trails in the spring and summer. Just recently I got a little better outfitted for winter outings. So this afternoon I put on my boots, coat, mittens, and hat to see if I could find something to photograph. I saw only one bird (although I heard a few more), so I took the opportunity to capture the beauty of Lock 26.