A view of my world in Central Illinois and places we go.

Day Trip to the Emiquon

Took a trip west to Havana today to see one of my old work haunts, The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon National Wildlife Area. The purpose of the trip was to do some reconnaissance prior to taking our Camera Club to the area for a fall photographic expedition. The Emiquon is adjacent to the west bank of the Illinois River, opposite Havana. It is an excellent example of returning what was farmland to wetland. When we were working there, conducting a study of groundwater conditions prior to flooding, the Emiquon property was still being farmed and we were able to drive across most of the area. Not now! Take a look at this:

Emiquon Panorama 2

The above image is looking northeast from a viewing stand constructed by TNC to allow visitors to view the flora and fauna that abound the Emiquon. The tree line on the horizon is the Illinois River about 1 mile distant. We were hoping to see more birds, but apparently at this time of day (late morning), most have left. More will return in the evening, spend the might feeding and resting, then off again on their way south. So, we were left to look at a lot of water, a number of ducks and coots, a proud heron and a white pelican paddling by. My recommendation to the Club will be to get there early, either by staying overnight the night before, or leaving Champaign at 5ish so as to get there at first light (sunrise being around 7 these days).

Before we crossed the river to see the Emiquon, we stopped in Havana to see their historic water tower, built in the late 1800s. Here’s a view:

Historic Havana Watertower

Now a couple more pics from Emiquon.

Heron at Emiquon Standing Heron Heron in Flight

White Pelican Heron and Pelican

Emiquon PanoramaFrom the Emiquon, we drove over to Lewistown, had lunch, and cruised the town square, replete with a very fine county courthouse and a very quaint old Presbytarian church.Lewistown Presby Church Fulton County Courthouse

I’ll finish with a view of the rolling Mason County countryside and our great Illinois sky.

Mason County Skyline

4 responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful! Al, you have a rare and wonderful talent for capturing the beauty of the natural world and for displaying all of the beauty that is the Midwest! (Not to mention the great dog photos, as well)! Thanks so much for sharing these – they made my day!


    October 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

  2. Hi! I’m Steve’s wife from Henry – I think we may have met. Anyway, What Camera club? When? Do you accept visitors? I haven’t made it that far yet. I will be going to Amboy Marsh for its official opening tomorrow, Oct 13.


    October 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    • Not sure who the Steve is that you mention…but the camera club to which I referred is the Champaign County Camera Club. It is open to all, but if you are in Henry, that’s probably too far away. Visitors are certainly welcome. The current plan is for our Club to visit the Emiquon on Oct 19. I will want to be out there at sunup. Where we go from there will be spur-of-the-moment.


      October 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

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