Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015 Starved Rock, French Canyon, Wildcat Canyons

Not necessarily the best photo of the day, but how can I not feature the ELUSIVE GREEN DRAGON!

Today's Walker's Club had 39 walkers and 3 dogs.  Started out a little cloudy but ended up a beautiful day.  Had my jacket around my waist most of the time.  Wildflowers are still out there but are dwindling to a few.  Enjoy!!!

39 hikers and 3 dogs take off for the trail

Nice picture, but I think this is an invasive honeysuckle plant

Going into French

French Canyon

1 of 2 Poison Ivy display signs.  Leaves of 3 leave them be!!!

My motto is, "If its green leave it be"

Lover's Leap --- View to the East from the top of Starved Rock. 
Look real close, this is a zoomed photo of Leopold Island. There is an Eagle in the center of the photo.
Pelicans have arrived

Ron telling the Legend of Starved Rock

View of the Lodge from the top of Starved Rock

Looking over the boardwalk atop Starved Rock

Muillen at the top of Starved Rock

Poison Ivy creeping out onto the steps

Heading to Lover's Leap

Stay on the Trail!!!!   We have a new walkway and stairs

New stairs near French Canyon

You can still find a few Jack in the Pulpits

Everyone from the Walker's Club says HI!!!  Photo taken from Lover's Leap

Barge getting ready to come through the Locks
View from Eagle's Cliff looking East (Best view in the park)

Arnie and Cocoa enjoying a photo op at Eagles Cliff
We enjoyed the new stairs coming down to the river trail from Eagles Cliff

Columbine (Red) and Mouse eared Chickweed (white)

I think this is a Common or Northern Dewberry

Wildcat Canyon

This sister and brother pair from Evanston joined us today after the sister came in January for a hike.  She then told her brother about our group and park.  Both enjoyed the hike today.

Helen taking a break in Wildcat Canyon

These (Jack in the Pulpit) flowers are almost gone until next year.  I just couldn't resist the photo.

Coming out of Wildcat, have to go up, up, up.... 150 or so

Top of Wildcat

The Green Dragon   This flower is very hard to find... because it is green.  Notice the top is curved. The dragon comes up from the ground similar to the Jack in the Pulpit.

Just the dragon part.  Green bottom shooting yellow

2 dragons

After the Starved Rock hike, a few of us went to Matthiesen State Park in search of a Yellow Lady's Slipper.  (photo below)  Photo above is of a very large Jack in the Pulpit.  They did seem to be a bit big this year. 

Yellow Lady's Slipper at Matthiessen Park
 What a great day for a hike!!  (Like there is ever a bad day!!) Love finding those elusive wildflowers.  Soon I will be looking for Coral Root (another orchid).

I will leave you with this: Dreams are the seedlings of realities.  And it is often from the fertile soil of failure that they grow.


  1. It was a perfect day for a hike! Nice pictures and descriptions!

  2. So was the green dragon on your way away from wildcat canyon after climbing the stairs?? So neat