A few weeks ago I went for a day hike at the Forest Glen Preserve, in east-central Illinois. It is one of the nicest natural areas in that region, with beech-maple and oak-hickory forests. Beech occurs here, on the western edge of its range. It was great getting to see beech trees again, it reminds me of the northeast. Beech-bark-disease (BBD) does not occur out there yet, so there are some very beautiful, large and healthy trees.
|One of my favorite sights in northeastern forests-- sunlight streaming through beech leaves|
|Kermit liked laying in the creek.|
|Kermit was afraid of walking all the way to the top of the Fire Tower, so some Boy Scouts at the bottom watched him for me while I quickly checked out the view.|
|This photo is very grainy, because I took it with my cell phone. This was taken from the top of the fire tower in Forest Glen.|