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Lyons Woods Forest Preserve

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 1 March 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A grove of barren oak trees spotted in the Lyons Woods Forest Preserve in Waukegan, Illinois.

Lyons Woods is diverse, supporting prairie, savanna, woodland and fen. In the prairie, you’ll find such plants as dropseed, big bluestem and goldenrod. The woods support these large stands of white, bur and black oaks.

Five of the state's endangered species take refuge here; one is so rare its existence in the nation is threatened. Ecologists and volunteers give special attention to these species, but also work hard to protect and restore the preserve's many habitats. Over 1,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted here. Several techniques are used to keep non-native species at bay, such as controlled burning and selective clearing.

Photo captured February 20, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Nice b+w processing. It works with those stark trees.

1 Mar 2012 5:47am

Iris from Assen, Netherlands

beautiful those b/w trees!!

1 Mar 2012 6:09am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Stark almost graphic pure black and white - it works for me!

1 Mar 2012 8:13am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very nice b&w, I like the calm atmosphre and the diagonals of the path... Well done ! Have a nice day :)

1 Mar 2012 8:32am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Love the BnW processing

1 Mar 2012 8:57am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

what a cold atmosphere
well done indeed
Have a lovely day

1 Mar 2012 9:39am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very beautiful with all the branches and the shadows on the path !

1 Mar 2012 10:45am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful depth to this landscape with the trees so bare. Must be a dramatically different view once the leaves and canopy return.

1 Mar 2012 11:47am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Excellent, I love the play of light and shadows upon the road. Beautiful work, Steven!

1 Mar 2012 1:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of these naked trees. The B&W is especially nice.

1 Mar 2012 1:48pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The contrast is wonderful. Beautiful scene.

1 Mar 2012 4:51pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The shadows make nice patterns on the path. Nice B&W.

1 Mar 2012 5:37pm

franz from Baden, Austria

the ideal motif for a monochrome photo - the bare trees in winter! excellent light management, compelling contrasts ...

1 Mar 2012 7:05pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

lovely mono...stark as Curly says.

1 Mar 2012 7:44pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

I like how we can see deep into the forest, a great capture without the foliage of the trees, a wonderful scene and view.

1 Mar 2012 8:32pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

1 Mar 2012 9:10pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Great detail, light and shadows on this road, beautiful tones in your photo today !~

2 Mar 2012 12:19am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh Yah - that's what I like to see...I LOVE trees when you can see their branches....cool shot Steven

2 Mar 2012 1:24am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great b&w. I like the shadows and the path. Makes you want to explore beyond!

2 Mar 2012 1:37am

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Amazing B/W image. I like the light and shadows play on the path. The trees look great !!!

2 Mar 2012 2:01am

Stefanie from Paris, France

Great b/w shot.

2 Mar 2012 9:36am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Oak trees are always beautiful, no matter the season. I like the light and shadow here -

3 Mar 2012 7:06am

Wendy from Canterbury, New Zealand

Love this!

9 Mar 2012 9:44pm