Hiking near the Des Plaines River as nature wakes up from a long winter. The grass is turning green, the trees have buds, and creatures are out by the dozen. We encountered some snakes wandering in the tall grass, and even climbing the trees. The water levels were up a bit due to the recent rains, and portions of the wooded island were under several inches of water.
The water rushed between islands, and where the river narrowed, some pretty heavy rapids formed for short distances. Warm weather birds are just beginning to make their appearance, adding some interest to the shore and sky.
Posted by Tom Gill at Tuesday, April 21, 2015