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Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 27 January 2015 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Van Patten Woods in northern Lake County encompasses 972 acres of prairie, native oak woodlands, and sedge meadows. The Des Plaines River (seen here) meanders the entire length of the preserve, and the beautiful 74-acre Sterling Lake lies at the southern end of the park.

Just north of Sterling Lake lies the northern trailhead for the Des Plaines River Trail, a crushed gravel trail which extends south for 12 miles with a 33-mile link-up planned for the near future. This trail is open to horses, snowmobiles, bicycles, as well as hikers and runners. In addition, Sterling Lake is encircled by foot trails that stretch approximately two miles. In the eastern half of Van Patten Woods lies a one-mile loop dedicated for hikers and cross-country skiers and a two-mile crushed gravel loop for cross country hikers, horses, and bicycles. Anyone out on the trails may see white-tailed deer, catch a glimpse of a coyote, look up to see some of the many raptors (red-tailed hawk, Cooper's hawk, sharp-shinned hawk) or you may be very lucky and see some of the wild turkeys.

Photo captured October 5, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/11.0 ISO 100 57 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's a beautiful place and sounds like great place to walk and enjoy nature . . . except for the snowmobiles.

27 Jan 2015 6:49am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Such a clean feeling to all this . . even the air !

27 Jan 2015 6:52am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Une vue en profondeur magnifique.
Couleurs et lumière extra..un endroit de beauté. )

27 Jan 2015 8:12am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Looks and sounds a wonderful place

27 Jan 2015 9:33am

Laurette from Lonehill - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful composition with a excellent perspective to this very beautiful view. Beautifully seen and captured !

27 Jan 2015 11:20am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely shot and beautiful sanctuary for nature lovers.

27 Jan 2015 11:36am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful landscape. Being there would makes me comfortable.

27 Jan 2015 2:12pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

I like the fence as a base element in this fine picture. It makes a very appealing image.

27 Jan 2015 3:52pm

franz from Baden, Austria

love the treatment you gave to this tranquil scene! must be fun to hike this trail (in good weather ... ;-)

27 Jan 2015 6:10pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Stunning clarity and view.

27 Jan 2015 6:29pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame, clouds, colors, lighting & reflections!
Lovely view!

27 Jan 2015 7:01pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Lovely scene. Such lush, rich country with water.

27 Jan 2015 8:05pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful photo !

27 Jan 2015 8:44pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

I remember that Preserve - always liked it. Very nice capture of it beauty. I am guessing today it would look different. :)

27 Jan 2015 9:27pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning image of this wonderful place ... the colors and light are fabulous !!!

27 Jan 2015 11:38pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That looks like such a lovely spot. Nice fall colours.

28 Jan 2015 12:11am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

The light and colors are a refreshing scene, especially with all the snow in the news! ;D

28 Jan 2015 12:26am

Maxine from Christchurch, New Zealand

Sound like a well planned Preserve. Nice image!

28 Jan 2015 1:11am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is a wonderful landscape.

28 Jan 2015 2:02am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a beautiful place! It is so green and lush! I would love to spend some time there. A gorgeous view!

28 Jan 2015 2:22am

Carol from Leamington, Canada

Definitely my kind of place.... it reminds me of Pelee where we go to get away from the grind. Your photo really captures the beauty of the Preserve. Now I am really looking forward to Spring!

28 Jan 2015 3:19am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Le pont de bois la barrière de bois et ce plan d'eau superbe vue et image.

28 Jan 2015 4:01am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i love the rock pillar

28 Jan 2015 4:02am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe ce cadrage et couleurs

28 Jan 2015 9:01am

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Superb clarity and detail. Gorgeous image.

28 Jan 2015 6:31pm