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A Seep

I call them swamps, but this one is technically a seep.

Said so on the nice informative sign not far away.

I don’t remember what it said a seep was. I don’t have an interest in looking up what a seep is.

Which is why I call them swamps. So much easier.

All I care about is… how do they look.

How’s the light, the reflections, colors, shapes and how do they all come together. This is the second time I’ve come here just for that and I may have to keep going back. See how it keeps changing.


Just a duck. Technically, a rubber duck. Dicky Duck to be precise. Has nothing to do with anything other than I like to take my little Dicky out for walks with me.


Stopped by a creek to shoot stream beds through water and see what the reflections looked like with a cloudless sky.



Wound up taking 247 shots this day with the last of them being sunset shots. Don’t feel like putting up any of those today.

Quite a few of the images of the swamp, stream bed and reflections have potential.

I need to revisit them over the winter, on a miserable cold day, when the last thing I want to do is be outside wandering around.

It’s so Beautiful out There

The sun is lower in the sky every day, the days are getting shorter and we’ve had a few frosts out my way. The trees are starting to respond accordingly.

Some leaves have changed while others around them can’t be bothered.

The low angle of the light streaks through the trees. I liken it to stained glass. It will only get better as more yellow, orange and red appears.

There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to why some will have already turned bright red while the rest refuse to give up the green.

Around the corner from my house, one lone tree was in a hurry.

Not far from me is what I guess could be considered a prairie. While out at sunset the other day, I didn’t expect this.

From this prairie you can plan a route all the way to the Mississippi River, probably all the way into Iowa somewhere and never drive through a town of more than a thousand people. Out that way fields are being harvested. Corn and soy beans no doubt. You can feel the dust in the air and the dust does this to the sunsets.

In with the trees are more leaves that have turned bright red.

Stunningly beautiful the way they stand out against the green. The type of leaves you want to gather and bring home. Arrange in a vase with other leaves and maybe place them on the dining room table or kitchen counter. Liven up a room a bit.

There’s only one problem with these leaves. Gathering them would be a decision you would live to regret…

…they’re poison ivy.

Suckin’ up that October Sunshine

“What are you doing?” she asked.

“Sitting here sucking up all that wonderful sunshine we’ve been having the last few days. You don’t get too many Octobers like this. The last one that comes close was 18 years ago. You know, the sun is one of the best sources of Vitamin D. So is milk and fish, which is why I like both of those. Gettin’ old you know, gotta keep them bones from cracking and breaking.”

“You’re sitting in the front yard half naked making sucking noises.”

“The back yard is all in shade this time of year, otherwise I’d be out back laying around in the sun, naked. It’s kind of like walking up to a bar and ordering a double. Absorb a little through the skin, breathe a little in, works from the inside and out.”

“The neighbors don’t want to see you half naked and you don’t breathe sunshine.”

“I may not be as tight, but I don’t have a gut. I could be one of those guys out there waddling around looking like they’re eight months pregnant you know. Besides, all that river wading has done wonders for my butt. As for breathing sunshine, don’t forget we’re a couple of blocks from the river. There’s all those negative ions out there floating around, you don’t know if any of that sunshine Vitamin D is sticking to those ions and floating on up here. I’ve never heard otherwise. A little bit of D for the bones, negative ions for a positive attitude and I’m a healthy, happy bundle of pent up energy.”

“You’re annoying. Why does everything you do have to be some kind of weird experiment?”

“We’ve been together what, 6 years? When was the last time you saw me sick? I don’t even get colds. I’ve been out wading around in rivers and hanging around outdoors for the past 15 years. I don’t remember the last time I was sick. If it’s nice out, I’m out. Nice is anything above 20 degrees. If the opportunity is there, I’m wandering around in the river sucking up them D encrusted negative ions. How else do you explain that I never get sick? I’m walking, talking proof of what I speak.”

“You’re a walking, talking headache generator. You never sit still and you never shut up.”

“What do you want me to do? Sit around watching sports? I despise sitting around watching sports. Why would anyone want to sit around watching other people do what they enjoy doing, when you can be out enjoying what you like to do? It just makes no sense to me.”

“I need some Advil. If you have all this pent up energy, why do I have to bug you all the time about cutting the grass?”

“I despise grass, sod and anything that resembles a well manicured lawn. If it were up to me they would be outlawed. Everything would look like mini prairies. Think of all the chemicals that would never make it into all the waterways. Think of all the habitat for wildlife, especially rabbits. You know, I have over 20 recipes for rabbit. My favorite was a combined stew of rabbit and squirrel. The more gamey flavor of the squirrel mellowed out the silkier flavor of the rabbit and…”

“Stop it. Stop. Stop. Stop.”

“Anyway, I’m a little thirsty. If you’re heading into the house, could you be a babe and step and fetch a glass of milk for me? May as well get that D stuff going all through my system.”

“If I step and fetch that for you, when I get back out here you’ll be bathing in sun and milk. All I did was ask you, what are you doing?”

“Ah, yes, sucking up all that wonderful sunshine…”

“Yes, I know, I know. You told me already. And it’s soak, not suck, you moron.”

“Did I mention all those negative ions drifting up from…”

“Oh Lord, please, please, please strike him dead. Now.”

It’s looking like this weekend will be as perfect as it gets

A little over a month ago, I put up a post:

Seems Like a Perfect Weekend for Paddling Down a River

It sure looks like another one is coming up this weekend.

The water level on the Fox River is going to be perfect.

The long range forecast is calling for perfect weather.

The fall color just might peak this weekend, or it will be close, which would be perfect.

The water levels on all of the other local rivers sure look perfect to me.

But then, you may not like floating on water. There’s always that possibility.

Well, you can always go for a walk.

Fox Valley Park District / Trail Maps

Looks like the weekend is going to be perfect for that too.