A majestic blue heron stands silhouetted as the sun sets along the Illinois River.
© 2004 Bob Martin.
This intricately designed clay pot is an artifact from the Dickenson Mounds Museum Collection.
Public domain. Photo by Dickenson Mounds Museum
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The symbol of the United States of America, the bald eagle can be seen in its natural habitat at the Wildlife Prairie State Park.
Public domain. Photo by Wildlife Prairie State Park
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Colorful pieces of blown glass catch the sun at the Peoria RiverFront Art Festival.
Public domain. Photo by Peoria RiverFront Association
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This waterfall trickles through the niche it has carved along the cliffs near Starved Rock State Park.
Public domain. Photo by Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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These byway visitors ride along the well-packed towpath that follows the I and M Canal.
Public domain. Photo by Ottawa Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Father Jacques Marquette talks to a native tribe next to the Mississippi River.
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This painting by Frances Anne Hopkins (1838-1919) shows a large Montreal Canoe full of Voyageurs shooting some whitewater rapids.
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Several of the Polar Bears of Northern Illinois, a snowmobiling group, stop along a snowy snowmobile trail to chat.
Public domain. Polar Bares of Northern Illinois. Picture obtained by permission from <a href="http://www.polarbares.org/">www.polarbares.org</a>
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Wading herons make thin silhouettes while searching for food in the drainage ditch at Emiquon Preserve.
© September 2006 Kelvin Sampson.