Kickapoo Creek Park
I went to Kickapoo Creek Park, in Lincoln Il, this morning. Unless there is unusual weather, summer is my least favorite season for nature photography. I generally try to go early in the morning so at least I can find interesting light. I had never been to Kickapoo Creek Park before so I thought I'd explore it a bit and see if its worth a visit during a better time of year.
The park is very easy to find has plenty of parking spaces, at least at 6:30 in the morning. I drove down from Bloomington along old route 66 so I'd be able to take a few sunrise pictures on the way.
This photo was taken along the way:
This picture was taken less than a mile away from the park:
I decided to hike with just one camera body (1DX2, and two lenses a 70-200 F2.8 IS, V2, and a 14mm V2.). One thing I really like about the 14mm is its small size. I also took two extenders but I didn't end using them.
The park has several trails and I started with the river trail that leads to a suspension bridge.
I did see a few GBH (Great Blue Heron) along the way, but my view was too blocked to get a picture. Although there are a few spots where you can get clear access to the river, overall I think this would be a better hike when the leaves drop if your goal is wildlife photography. As it was the path was interesting and since I was hiking into the sun I was able to get off a few back lit type of pictures.
After the river trail I hiked through a wood area and did see one white tail deer running across a path in front of me. I was switching lens so I didn't get much of a picture. There were some interesting trees and a few bending paths. Speaking of paths, this path was not as well travels and I was hiking through tall grass much of the way.
Over all it was an interesting place and worth the drive. I plan to go back in the fall.
Thanks for reading!
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