Orion's Photos: places - Illinois - uiuc - 2004 - forest_glen_2004_07
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Terry Wilmarth, Eric Bohm, Sayantan Chakravorty and I
made the long hike through Forest Glen trail (part of
the Kennekuk county parks) in eastern Illinois south
of Danville this pleasant Sunday, July 24, 2004.
A storm had passed through a few weeks before, and
there were a huge number of downed trees at the trailhead
[0050-0051]. A few downed trees actually makes for a more
interesting hike. The trail is highly improved, with nice
stairs  and bridges [0056-0057] in most places.
Like many river bottoms in this area, coal seams can
be found at river banks [0061-0062,0074]. We found a
very interesting rock, likely some sort of hardened clay,
that resembled a turtle shell .
The insect life was also interesting. We found a beautiful
vivid turqouise and black dragonfly [0064-0067]. A huge
number of strangely-shaped spiders populated the woods--they
have a very small forebody and a huge hind end shaped like
a large inverted pyramid. Their pyramidal hindquarters are
ringed with spikes on top, and have a small dot at the
downward-facing point of the pyramid, which I speculate is
their silk spinner. They came in yellow [0072-0073]
as well as iridescent silver [0082-0089]. There was also a
huge hornet's nest near the end of the trail .
An unknown critter made these large, 4-pronged tracks in
quite hard mud on the river bottom [0080-0081]. They're about
the size of deer tracks, but they don't look like anything I've
All images taken by Orion Lawlor
and placed completely in the public domain.
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