A Missing Article?
I sit here in front my computer typing away, wondering what I can post for this Thursday’s article. It has become a ritual for me to gather up what I have filmed, photographed, and written in drafts and present them to you as my glimpse into the natural beauty of the Shawnee Hills every Thursday.
In the last two weeks I have hiked and filmed with one mission in mind, to film as many areas as possible before November gives way to the descent into Winter. I want to enjoy this final display of a season of growth.
I have hiked and filmed Garden of the Gods, Giant City, Little Grand Canyon, Ferne Clyffe, Dixon Springs, Trail of Tears, Cedar Lake, and Heron Pond taking in the sheer wonder of the coming of fall. I have been astounded and humbled by the sunrise in the morning, the way the light hits the blazing reds of the dogwood and the golden leaves of the sassafras tree, and grateful for the explosive sunsets that give the landscape an other-worldly quality. Even though we are lacking the rain in previous falls, the display this year’s scenery holds its own.
So, as I sit here on a Wednesday I look at the videos and photos that I could publish for this week’s article that would boast about the natural beauty of that particular area. I silently think to myself and wonder which area will best represent the changing of the season. The Shawnee Hills are alive with colors and I cannot focus on just one area that I can write about.
A Personal Challenge
It is my belief that if you have read this far in the article that you must be someone who values nature. If this is so, I challenge you to get outside and look around and discover your own article. Take the family, take the dog, take yourself and go to your favorite place and smell the scents of the forest as they release their leaves. Bring the camera and capture your own memories of Fall in southern Illinois or wherever you live.
If you feel so inclined, please share your experience in words on the comments section below or post photos on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/shawneehillsoutdoors. I would personally like to share in some of your experiences this Fall. It is time for me to press pause on my articles and allow you the reader to share you explorations in nature.
Enjoy this time before the leaves are gone for another season and be thankful of the time spent in the splendor of fall.
A Note on the Photos
If you put the mouse pointer over the photo it will give information on the location and when it was photographed.