The past few weeks I have been busy with family visits, gardening, and getting a few projects done around the house, so I have only been out with my camera a couple of times. My first trip was to Mautino State Park in Buda, Illinois. This was the second time I have been been there with my friend Bill. We decided to focus on the prairie area of the Park. The prairie was simply beautiful with lots of blooming flowers! However, the trail had not been mowed, so it made for some tough walking, plus we each came away with several ticks.
My second outing was to Shabbona Lake State Park; again, I went with Bill. I had never been to this park, and it had been a long time since Bill had been there. State funds in Illinois are hard to come by, so many of our state parks are suffering. However, we were pleasantly surprised by how well the park was being maintained. We spent the morning walking along the beautifully mowed trails and I spotted two birds that I am struggling to identify. So, if anyone can identify either of these birds, I would appreciate the help:-) The first one I believe is some type of wren, but the yellow legs and bill have made it hard for me to identify. Both of these birds were spotted in the prairie grass.
Summer is coming to and end, and I will be back to work in just over a week, so this outing was kind of a farewell summer. It was a wonderful day to be outside enjoying the beauty of nature! If you get a chance, stop by Bill’s blog, The Rural Path, where he focuses on his love of nature.