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September 19th, 2008
07:34 pm


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Turkey Run pictures
For your viewing pleasure, a pile of pictures from yesterday.

A pillar formation near the start of the trail -- a little past the Icebox I think.

I love the texture of the sandstone layers.

The first canyon the path goes through on Trail 3 (going clockwise) -- on the way to the ladders.

This stump was fascinating.

Here I tried to capture the sun coming through the leaves.

These mushrooms were growing in the ordinary woods between canyons.

This is at the upper end of Rocky Hollow, before the canyon gets really narrow.

Here we're into the tricky part of Rocky Hollow.  You can see some of the steps on the lower right, and more at lower center.  Decades of feet have worn the steps deeply, and the rocks are far from flat.  The water was very low, so one could easily just stay in the creek this time.

The spiderweb almost disappeared when I resized this down to post.  I already uploaded it, though, so I'll include it.

This was one of my more successful efforts to fill in the dark parts with the flash.

Here I was trying to capture the sunbeam filtering into the canyon.  It's just barely visible; for some reason the camera doesn't capture it well.  You also get another look at the steps and you can sort of see the ledge the steps lead up to.  The steps aren't so bad; it's the ledges after you climb them that are scary.

A side canyon, and another successful fill flash.

The view coming out of the narrow part of the canyon into the easily accessible part.  I think this is the part that's officially called Rocky Hollow.

Iron staining the rock red and water making it shiny made this attractive.  The built-in flash is pretty limited -- but even if I owned a Speedlight, I wouldn't want to carry it hiking.

Wedge Rock.

Here I was more successful in capturing the light shining into the canyon.

Another angle on Wedge Rock and the canyon beyond.

Another piece of the rock fall that formed Wedge Rock.

Note: I hit post by mistake so you might have seen an incomplete version of this post a few minutes ago.

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Date:September 20th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
very, very cool. thanks for sharing.
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Date:September 20th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Looks like a lovely trail.

(I also find assorted bits of fungus attractive when I'm in that kind of setting with a camera.)
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Date:September 20th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
those aren't at all bad -- give a really good feel for the landscape. wow, the water is low; i don't think i've ever been there this late in the summer.
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Date:September 21st, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
The water is extremely low, which was surprising considering how much rain places not very far away had gotten from Ike. Apparently the Sugar Creek watershed completely missed out on the rain that shut down I-80/94 east of Chicago for a week and gave Urbana a fair soaking as well.
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Date:September 20th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)


May I have permission to use one of these as wallpaper?
I'm thinking either the sandstone layers or one of the Rocky Hollow ones.

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Date:September 21st, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)

Re: Wow!

You're welcome to use these, as posted, as wallpaper or whatever. Just credit me if you pass them to anyone else. If you'd like a higher res version of a specific one, I can manage that -- tell me which one and how big your screen is.

I should learn how to insert a copyright line into the image with the software I'm using, so that if people do email them around (which I assume could happen since I posted the image publicly), the credit will just be there.
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Date:September 30th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Wow!

iWatermark, free works great...

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