Starved Rock State Park, Illinois: St. Louis Canyon Canyon and Wildcat Canyon Waterfalls

Starved Rock State Park is in Utica, Illinois. The park is about 2 hours away from Chicago.

My favorite times to visit, in order, are Autumn, Winter, and Spring. Summer is too crowded and the waterfall flows are typically minimum.

I have covered the area in previous posts extensively and will wrap up Starved Rock in two posts, this being the second to last.

St. Louis Canyon Waterfall

I took that image hiking with a friend this past Autumn. I have been to this spot at least a dozen times but this past Autumn is the first time I made what I would label a good shot. Continue reading “Starved Rock State Park, Illinois: St. Louis Canyon Canyon and Wildcat Canyon Waterfalls”

Mish’s Garden: Waterlily Colchicums in Autumn

The ‘Waterlily’ Colchicum is a hybrid resulting from a cross of Colchicum autumnale ‘Alboplenum’ and Colchicum speciosum ‘Album’. The flowers resemble a water lily, hence the name. The fully double, lilac-pink flowers bloom in late summer to early fall on naked stems to 6″ tall.

Up to two-foot tall Leaves appear in the Spring and die back in the summer. The flowers appear out of nowhere, with no leaves in early Autumn. I plant them in beds with low growing groundcovers to add a touch of green leaves.

These are one of my favorite flowers. Deer generally don’t touch them.

I used a Canon 100MM Macro F 2.8 Lens for all of these images.

Following are more colchicum images.

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Mish’s Garden: Crabapple Trees and Ornamental Grasses in Autumn

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We have three crabapple trees in the front that have red berries and one in the back with yellow berries. This is the one will yellow berries. It looks like floating eyeballs.

I shot it from below, looking almost straight up.

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 47mm, ISO 200 for 1/60 second at F18.

Following are images of the front yard.

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Mish’s Garden: Colorful Japanese Maples in Autumn

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That is what our backyard looks like at the peak of Autumn. The maples turn late. It was early November.

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 35mm for 20 seconds at F16.

It was after sunset.

In a rarity for me, I used fill flash to light the trees. The flash, the ambient light, and the light inside the house were all similar. Continue reading “Mish’s Garden: Colorful Japanese Maples in Autumn”