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Branch was made for sitting πŸ˜œπŸ‘ Super cool 🌲#forestpreserve #kanecounty #trees

10 mile bike ride to the old school forest preserve with my boys. πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ #lakecounty #forestpreserve #bikeride #weekending

Sammy & I taking on the tide 🌊 #theriver #sundayvibes #forestpreserve #massachusetts

Short 15 mile ride through Skokie Lagoons. #SkokieLagoons #Cycling #ForestPreserve #CookCounty #Lagoon

Lowcountry beauty is everywhere. 🌳🌾
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#exploreseapines #seapinesresort #seapines #forestpreserve #hiltonhead

Me n' my arthritic friends #pinkeye

I like it when no one else is out here. 🌳😌🌳 #myforest #trees #forestpreserve #illinois

Just another day at the office! #catskillfiretowerproject πŸ’― years of Hunter Mountain Fire Tower! #catskills #forestpreserve #visitthecatskills #forestpreserve #catskillmountains

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β˜€οΈπŸŒ‘β˜€οΈ{((((Eclipse))))} β˜€οΈπŸŒ‘β˜€οΈ Part Two

This being a partial eclipse, although a considerable 87% totality, the experience was more of a darkening than total darkness. As if a cheesecloth had been suspended over the land, filtering and muting the light.
As this partial totality reached its peak, this lens of nature I was viewing the eclipse through changed in focus.
1st & 2nd photos~ A muted beauty. The world feels serene and peaceful. The prairie in partial eclipse.
3rd-5th photos~ The Caspian Terns leave the shore line and disappear, much as if the day was at end. In the 5th photo, their spot on the shore is now empty.
6th & 7th photos~ Juvenile Mallards form a line and swim to shore, just as they do at dusk.
8th photo~ Canada geese form flocks and fly away.
9th photo~ The Prairie Dock plant has grown dimmer, but still holds its bright symbol of what has just been dimmed in the sky.
#eclipse #partialeclipse #darkening #totality #sunandmoon #nature #naturephotography #birds #birdphotography #naturesbeauty #prairie #forestpreserve #lightanddark

β˜€οΈπŸŒ‘β˜€οΈ{((((Eclipse))))} β˜€οΈπŸŒ‘β˜€οΈ::Part One

It was a partial eclipse here--but 87% totality, which was pretty good! We had cloud cover all day but during the peak time and after, the clouds thinned and the sun appeared, making everyone who was out on the prairie with their eclipse glasses quite happy! Fortunately someone let me try theirs and it was awesome to behold.
The feeling of the partial eclipse was as if a storm were moving in, with the sky gradually darkening but with no accompanying winds, thunder, temperature shifts....instead it was just STILL....and you felt something was happening, something profound....
Since it was cloudy, I decided to experience the eclipse through watching the birds(that is to say, projecting my reaction on them??):
1st-4th photos~ About 30-40 min before the peak, and as it is slowly getting darker there was a feeling of quiet expectation or pause...something is definitely up.
5th photo~ The Prairie Dock plant in the darkened light still holds the sun in its bright petals for all to see.
6th & 7th photos~ As the peak of darkening gets closer, a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk goes gliding in over the prairie and lake...perhaps sensing that, like dusk, this seems an ideal time to hunt.
It was the quietness during this darkening before the eclipse that registered most in me.
8th photo~ Caspian Terns at the shore line, also quietly gathered as if in an unknowing expectation as well. Notice the juvenile Caspian to the left, taking a drink in the lake.
9th & 10th photos~ Starlings roosting in large numbers, on electrical wires and in trees and shrubs. Again the silence of this time of approaching darkening was the most striking aspect to witness, especially so in this usually quite noisy, clattering species. It struck me then, that what has happening was a seeping away of energy, and silence is its accompanist.... #eclipse #partialeclipse #darkening #silence #totality #nature #naturephotography #birds #birdphotography #expectation #unknowing #prairie #forestpreserve #watchingtheeclipse

Root structure of naturally deceased tree in Bialowieza Forest. High Marsh forest preserve. #karpa #forestpreserve #natureindanger #forest #marsh #bialowiezaforest #endangerednature #polishnaturaltreasure

Branch was made for sitting πŸ˜œπŸ‘ Super cool 🌲#forestpreserve #kanecounty #trees

If the #eclipse gets blocked out by the clouds today, at least it was a beautiful #sunrise.

Yes, I am doing great!😁 thanks for noticing!😎🚲πŸ’ͺ🚲#bike #bicycle #forest #forestpreserve #biketrail

Wooded play area at #thatcherwoods #forestpreserve in #riverforestillinois the kiddos loved it

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