|Starved Rock State Park – Illinois Canyon in Spring|
This is the last day of May, and one could say spring is officially over, since in the U.S. we tend to think of summer as June, July and August, even though here in Chicago temperatures have dipped to the 50s today after hitting almost 100F last Sunday. In any case the last day of spring is high time for me to share pictures from one item on my spring list, which I actually did do: Hike Starved Rock State Park
when there might be water falls from spring showers.
|Starved Rock State Park – Illinois Canyon|
We like to approach Starved Rock State Park from the east, where there tend to be fewer people and one can hike Illinois Canyon virtually undisturbed, especially on a weekday. Illinois Canyon does not feature waterfalls, but rather these shallow pools.
|Wildflowers in Illinois Canyon|
Most of the wayside walking in and out of Illinois Canyon looked like this on that day in April. How very different from hiking Starved Rock in the fall!
Hiking into LaSalle Canyon – the promise of a waterfall.
|Starved Rock – LaSalle Canyon Waterfall|
It doesn’t get any better than this.
Well, maybe it does. It’s the coolest thing to be able to walk under a waterfall and not get wet.
You should recognize this picture; it’s the full version of what currently appears in my banner.
LaSalle Canyon Pool
A Waterfall and a Vine
Hiking along a canyon wall. Not all trails in Starved Rock are like this, many meander along the Illinois river, or lead you through the forest until you happen upon another canyon.
Catching a Drop in Tonty Canyon
A Study in Rock Layers
Lots of water in LaSalle Canyon for Reflections
Final reflection – a tree by the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park.