Southside Egrets
A statuesque great erget displays its elegant white plumage while hiding near dried lake reeds.

Southside Egrets

Once again south suburban Chicago lakes, ponds and sloughs are the home to migrating Great Egrets. In the springtime they pass through the area and some even stay all summer long to nest and raise young ones. During springtime, their breeding season, the great egret changes into its gorgeous nuptial plumage. A patch of skin around its eye turns neon green and long flowing plumes grow from its back. The egret fans its plumes during a courtship dance in hopes to attract a partner.
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White Trout Lily, a Magical Wildflower for Spring
A rebirth of a colony of white trout lilies takes over the charred logs on the forest floor.Trout lilies are one of the first wildflowers to announce the arrival of spring in the woodlands.

White Trout Lily, a Magical Wildflower for Spring

A wonderful surprise to wake up to this morning. One of my photographs of white trout lily flowers is in the recent issue of Horticulture Magazine.The growth of this colony…

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Donkeys, Guardians of the Farm
On a farm, near the edge of the woods, two donkeys graze on the remains of the plowed field.

Donkeys, Guardians of the Farm

The donkey, often misunderstood and underappreciated, is instead an intelligent and independent thinking animal. Their stubborn behavior only arises when they perceive a threat to their own safety and self-preservation. A donkey will never do anything that it considers unsafe, rather it will dig its hooves into ground to make itself immovable.

On a farm, near the edge of the woods, two donkeys graze on the remains of the plowed field.

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It Was Raining Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill cranes fly in a V-formation formation across a darkening cloud filled sky.

It Was Raining Sandhill Cranes

It was raining sandhill cranes. For a short time in mid-November, flocks and flocks of these magnificent birds flew into and out of the cornfields and marshes of northern Indiana. They gathered, gabbed, danced, ate and rested before flying away like kites in the sky to continue their southerly winter migration. Consolidating into V-shaped flying formations these awe inspiring fliers reached thousands of feet into the sky.

Sandhill cranes fly in a V-formation away from a threatening cloud filled sky.

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A Prospering Colony
With the appearance of a star in the sky, a solitary white trout lily flower rises from the the green leaves of the woodland floor.

A Prospering Colony

John Muir once said “Most people are on the world, not in it”, on a peaceful May afternoon I was truly in the world. At the edge of Tomahawk Slough there is an oak savanna. Within this oak savanna lay a colony of white trout lily. These lovely spring ephemerals spread across the burnt logs and rising oaks to carpet the woodland floor in green and white.

A large colony of white trout lilies spreads through fallen charred logs of the forest floor. In early springtime, trout lilies are one of the first wildflowers to announce the rebirth of the woodlands.

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Hidden Gold Mine
In between the swampy overflow of a creek and the rise of woodland foot hills, a patch of marsh marigolds blooms in the formation of a lollipop.

Hidden Gold Mine

Like a typical gold mine, this one is brimming with the brilliant, shiny golden objects. Though these gems are not nuggets but instead the yellow flowers of the marsh marigold. A delightful harbinger to spring, the marsh marigold makes a brief, spectacular appearance in late April through early May, then it disappears as fast as it arrived. The golden flowers and emerald green leaves of the marsh marigold make a stunning forest floor carpet.

In between the swampy overflow of a creek and the rise of woodland foot hills, a patch of marsh marigolds blooms in the formation of a lollipop.

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Pelican Pond
As it is about to crash land into a swimming flock of pelican, a flying pelican tries to change course before it lands. One wading bird, with its beak wide open, screams warning to the misadventurous landing pelican.

Pelican Pond

For approximately one week in early April, Maple Lake in the Cook County Forest Preserve turned into Pelican Pond. Each day there were well over seventy American White Pelicans swimming, flying and foraging at the lake. For this brief week in April these white feathered birds were like angels floating on a small blue heaven in southern Cook County.

Like a knight to its king, an American white pelican spreads its wings outward and curtsies to another unimpressed pelican. The water bird rises out of the lake in an effort to gain the attention of its aloof companion.

People often think of the pelicans only as seacoast birds but they are typically only thinking about Brown Pelicans. American White Pelicans differ from their coastal cousins in several ways; (more…)

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Bergman Slough Super Moon
A coyotoes howled in the distance, the frost super moon rises over Bergman Slough. The mysterious aura is enhanced by the smoke that lingers in the air.

Bergman Slough Super Moon

Coyotoes howl in the distance as the frost super moon rises over Bergman Slough. Smoke from a prairie fire lingers in the air to enhance the mysterious aura of the…

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Starved Rock Canyon Walls
Deep inside Illinois Canyon, the glowing St. Peter Sandstone walls surrounded a burnt out tree as it makes its final stand.

Starved Rock Canyon Walls

Deep inside Illinois Canyon, the glowing St. Peter Sandstone cracked walls surround a burnt-out tree. Once a home to birds, insects and small animals, the charred tree truck now precariously…

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American Bird Conservancy Report
rose-breasted grosbeak perches in a redbud tree. tree is in bloom with pink and white flowers. background consists of shallow focus of sky blue, pink and white blooms of the tree.

American Bird Conservancy Report

I am especially thankful when I see one of my photographs on a magazine cover. This photograph of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was on American Bird Conservancy's 2016 Annual Report.…

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