I got up late today and didn't get out of the house until 1, but I went to Kickapoo with my camera. Today I only took the 17-85 lens; my back is bothering me a little and I didn't want to burden myself with extra lenses and I wanted to get some scenery pictures. It was about as close to a perfect day as you could ask for: not a cloud in the sky, comfortably warm in the sun, a touch of autumn crispness in the air. Insects were fairly active; some birds but not very many. I went to the Out and Back area, but I went up the haul road to the overlook where I like to have lunch. Between starting late and taking so many pictures, it was after 4 by the time I got there, and after I'd eaten and read for a bit, it was 5 by the time I left, so I only got into the woods north of the haul road very briefly. I do hope to get in there when I have more time and with the sun higher in the sky, but for today almost all the shots are from the more open areas.
I hope this set will give you some appreciation for what we'll be losing if the governor is successful in his plan to close it down.
This opener is the only shot that's out of chronological order. It's from the first, biggest prairie/meadow area. I hope the view of the path will invite you to view the rest.
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