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Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 8 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

From Wikipedia:

Starved Rock State Park is a 2,630-acre (1,060 ha) Illinois state park located in Deer Park Township, LaSalle County, Illinois in the United States. The park is along the south bank of the Illinois River on Illinois Route 71, just southwest of the village of North Utica. The park is the most visited Illinois state park in Illinois, with over two million visitors in 2009.

The area was once home to Native Americans, particularly the Kaskaskia who lived in the Grand Village of the Illinois across the river. Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette were the first Europeans recorded as exploring the region, and by 1682, the French had established Fort St. Louis on a large sandstone butte overlooking the river. The fort was the first major settlement by the French in Illinois.

According to a native legend, a group of Illinois Confederation (Illini) pursued by the Ottawa and Potawatomi fled to the butte in the late 18th century. The Ottawa and Potawatomi besieged the butte until all of the Illini had starved, and the butte became known as Starved Rock. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1960.

The park includes 13 miles (21 km) of hiking trails, numerous waterfalls (ice falls in winter) and other landforms. Starved Rock State Park contains 18 sandstone canyons carved over the last 12,000 years by a combination of surface water runoff and groundwater outflow.

Captured on September 17, 2010.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Looks really lovey, did you get any shots of deer

8 Oct 2010 5:19am

@Alun: No, but my car nearly "met" a deer. :-) I was actually fortunate to arrive early Friday evening as the rest of the weekend got "washed out."

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful view..

8 Oct 2010 8:08am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Awesome colors and reflections ! Nice work Steven, have a lovely day :)

8 Oct 2010 8:22am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Very well captured, the light is really beautiful.

8 Oct 2010 8:29am

Florence from Paris, France

The colors are really beautiful, in the trees but not only. Their reflections in water are exquisite. It's a poetic place for me, a place to dream between blue and green.

8 Oct 2010 8:29am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Even with the curious name of Starved Rock, this place manages to be a treat to the eye . .

8 Oct 2010 9:44am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Wow! What a beautiful view!
Love the colours, lighting and reflection...

8 Oct 2010 2:52pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


8 Oct 2010 6:11pm

Antoine from France

Superb photo and beautiful view. Have a great afternoon Steven.

8 Oct 2010 8:41pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful light

8 Oct 2010 9:13pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Stephen, Thank you VERY much for the great narrative...I never knew ANY of that. Now I want to go there...awesome photo as always! Thx Again

8 Oct 2010 11:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I like those reflections. The surface of the water has an interesting texture. Cool shot.

9 Oct 2010 5:03pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A beautiful view of a place where time seems to be standing still.

10 Oct 2010 1:14pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice tones !

10 Oct 2010 5:17pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

The reflections are beautiful!

10 Oct 2010 11:35pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

the reflection of tree images in the water makes your photography enchanting

11 Oct 2010 8:24pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I think my son and his girlfriend are headed out to starved rock this weekend.. for the changing colors. How lovely it is here!

15 Oct 2010 3:48pm