The amazing weather continues here in the midwest. Today the sky was crystal clear and it was in the mid 60s. What more could you ask for in the middle of November? My friend Bill and I decided to travel up to theMississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna, Illinois. Bill wanted to look for a type of mushroom he wanted to use as a fire starter. He is really interested in finding different ways to start a fire when he is camping.
Our first stop along the way was the Thomson Causeway in Thomson, Illinois. We usually have good luck photographing something interesting in this area. As we pulled in we saw this beautiful blue heron.
There was not much else to see, so we decided our next stop would be the Palisades. It was still pretty early, and the wooded area was pretty dark, so we didn’t even take our cameras with us. We hiked around a bit, and found some fungus, but not the type that Bill was looking for. So, we moved on to the prairie area where the sun was much brighter. Right away we were greeted by several red-bellied woodpeckers.
Our next stop was Sabula, Iowa. We traveled down a road that we had never been on before. We discovered several areas that we thought would be great spots for the spring migration of water fowl. We also found a great place to launch our kayaks. Off in the distance we saw a large flock of pelicans.
On our way home we decided to drive along the dam in Fulton, Illinois. There are always birds to see along this stretch of road. Today things were quiet with coots being the main attraction. However, we did see several pied-billed grebes, and a beautiful female wood duck.
I didn’t see anything new or exciting on our trip today. However, I enjoyed being out in the beautiful weather, as well as the company of a great friend; it was a fantastic day!