Maples in Color in Peoria Heights, Illinois

I caught these Maples in different color all growing in a row.

Dan O. De Ment

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Rainbow caused by yard sprinkler

Over the weekend I was amazed to see a rainbow appear, at always the same spot, when my neighbor’s lawn sprinkler reached a certain point as it went back and forth sprinkling his yard.  Anyway, if you’re interested in learning what causes rainbows, go to the following link and find out.  When we see a rainbow in an unusual place it has to do with where we’re standing from what I could understand from the article.  Anyway, I only saw the rainbow when the water and the light were exactly in line with where I was positioned.  (As a matter of fact, I was inside my home looking out through the front storm dorm looking down the street and into the neighbor’s front yard with the sun shining on his yard.  When I moved from the storm door and looked at my neighbor’s yard from a different vantage point I could not see the rainbow.)  Schooling teaches us a great deal but  nature can be a supreme teacher…I’m 70 years old and had never experienced this phenom before.

Dan O. De Ment

What’s up the Pathway?

This image was shot up one of the connecting  trails wandering through Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights, Illinois.   As many of you know I am a great fan of light and shadow in any image and hope you enjoy this one.

Dan O. De Ment

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Sparrow Hawk chasing Grackle

Three days ago I stepped out through my sliding glass door onto our deck and heard a very high pitched screeching sound.  I looked up just in time to see a Sparrow Hawk, I believe it was a Sparrow Hawk, talons out stretched, wings spread out vertically,  preparing to snag a Grackle when suddenly the Hawk banked off to the left and disappeared over my neighbor’s garage.  The Grackle high-tailed it for goodness knows where.  It was quite remarkable to see this Hawk with its wing’s out and talon’s ready to strike.  Why it suddenly broke off the chase when it was within striking distance is a mystery to me.  There’s at least one lucky Grackle out there.  Luckily, my wife did not see the encounter.

Have not seen any more of the deer mentioned in my previous post….more later with some new images.

Dan O. De Ment

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