Climbing Out

The boys climb out of Kintzele Ditch toward the foot of a familiar sand dune. Following a winter of extreme erosion by wind and waves, the banks of the stream are wide enough to walk along.

Beaver DAMage

A determined beaver gnawed his way through a pretty large tree along the bank of the Little Calumet River.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.

Forest Floor Comes to Life

A sure sign of spring, small wildflowers pop up along the trails of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Entering the Little Calumet River

A small channel re-enters the Little Calumet River near the old Bailey Homestead.

Upper Level Parking

This way to the best parking.


A tiny horsetail plant begins life in the early spring sunlight. These plants remind me of prehistoric crinoids.

Beverly Shores Wetland

Spring wakes up the plants of the wetland bordering Beverly Shores, Indiana. Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Curving dune

From the bank of Kintzele Ditch, the east dune has an interesting curve upward that the clouds seem to imitate and continue into the sky.

The Honor System

A new park along the Illinois River in Rural Wilmington, Illinois boasts a small boat ramp. There is a charge of $5 to use the ramp, and it's totally on the honor system.