Carrying on the theme from the last post, I’m back with a shoot summary from earlier in the year. In fact, this shoot was the morning of the same day we made it to Hebron. Linda was running the dogs at a big agility show in Libertyville IL. Knowing the serious downtime that surrounds a dog show, I opted to explore a local park to see what the Northeast part of the state had to offer. After some quick searches on the web, Independence Grove was selected as the destination.
Once again we are taken advantage of by the Chicago leach burbs requiring a $10 fee just to get into the park. Not aware of any alternatives on the spot, the extortion was paid and I found a parking lot capable of holding the Wombat. With Beast in hand I set out to discover a bunch of +1’s. Jumping to the punch line… zero +1’s for the day – make that a punch to the gut. The Grove is a nice park complete with a large lake, bike path, kid’s center and even a nature walk area. Everything you would want unless you were looking for new birds. All was not lost – there were some nice print shots accumulated in the tin. The Mallard shot of the mother and her juvi (above and below) came out pretty nice.
Adding to the print set was this female Red-Winged Blackbird. She was keeping a tight eye on my every move to make sure her prize catch wasn’t going to be taken. At first that green hopper was putting up a struggle, but eventually is succumbed to the higher entry in the food chain.
Hit the jump to see more shots from The Grove