You may remember my telling you last year that my favorite place, Illinois Beach State Park, was closed due to fallen trees. Freak winds turned the woods into jack straws~ I’ve never seen anything like it. I rejoice to say that most of the trails are open again. Getting to walk “my” trails after a whole year of separation was kind of emotional for me. I realized just how much this place meant to me. Here are some images I took:
It’s hard to really grasp how much damage occurred here. Well, damage may not be the right word. Although I have never seen anything like this happen in these woods, I know that the ecosystem as a whole thrives on disturbance. Now that so many of the black oaks are down, the canopy has opened up. Plants like the lupine are quick to respond to increased light…
Along the way, I met this handsome young fellow :
Isn’t he a charmer? So long as he and his kind stay in balance numbers -wise, I’m delighted to see him.