Category Archives: Parks

Doe stepping out for a drink

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I took this image yesterday at about 7:30 PM.  She was behind a business located next to Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights.   I used my camera, an Alcatel Pop Astro.  She sure was a pretty little gal and had just been drinking from the bird bath directly in front of her.

Dan O. De Ment

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The Last Train through Town

 

I shot this image, the last train through Peoria Heights, Illinois, on May 9th, 2009.  I posted it back then but it was lost when I lost my hard drive – fortunately, not all the images.  My IT Guru recovered many of them for me.

The train engineer, shown in the image, told me, “this is it, the last diesel or any other train that’ll ever be seen on this track. He was correct.  The Peoria Park District purchased the right of way, or made some agreement with the railroad, however that’s done, and the rest is history.  As most of you know, the area is now a bicycle/walking track.  Right off the back of our property.

Dan O. De Ment

Quiet Creek-No Deer Visible

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I shot this image on September 9th, 2010, in the early morning, at Jubilee College State Park outside Peoria, Illinois.  It was presented at an earlier date but was lost when my hard drive crashed – I did not have a Seagate stand alone, back up hard drive at the time.

It had rained the night before and the water was still a bit muddy from runoff.  Deer came to the water daily to drink back then and we could stop and observe them. Today, six years later, you’re lucky to see a deer. Some, State Genius, decided it was time to allow hunting during the month of January each year.  Having had my say, I understand deer need to be culled when they over populate an area. I won’t go into why as most of you know about disease … cattle, etc.  “I JUST DON’T LIKE IT.”  That doesn’t change the fact it must be done.  Each season in Illinois between 50 and 70 thousand deer are taken during the hunt.  “I still can’t wrap my  head around it.”

Dan O. De Ment