About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Archive: ‘National Forest’

    Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge ~Rochert, MN

    Tuesday, January 9th, 2018


    I am convinced that everything is pretty in Minnesota.

    Especially in the fall.


    The Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge is another favorite stop when up there.



    I am not sure of the name of the hike but it is a pretty one, out to a spillway.

    It is between Blackbird Lake and South Chippewa Lake.

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    Nick’s dad is a bit of a survivalist and knows what things you can eat in the woods.

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    There were so many swans!

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    This last trail was pretty funny.

    We went on the trail it looped back to the road.

    We basically doubled back to our vehicle to get to the platform.



    We headed to Itasca State Park from here!

    Shawnee Nation Forest ~Southern Illinois

    Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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    The Rim Rock Trail in the Shawnee National Forest was nice and easy with some pretty views.

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    We also saw a snake climbing a tree!

    But the winner of Shawnee National Forest for us was definitely the Garden of the Gods Trail!

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    It had an easy walking path, beautiful views, amazing light because of it being late in the day and…

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    My kids loved climbing on all the rocks.

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    He takes his photo bombing seriously…

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    Even little bit loves to climb.

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    My kids were like “Path? What path?”

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    We just had to keep an eye on what was on the other side of their climbs.

    Thankfully there were plenty of rocks nowhere near the edge.

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    This was a huge hit!

    So glad we found this beautiful hike!

    Talimena Scenic Drive

    Friday, December 2nd, 2016

    All I wanted for my birthday was mountains(or as close as you can get to them in Oklahoma) and a fall family picture.

    My husband drove me all of the way to Ouachita Mountains and back in one day.

    Long drive but I was happy to be there.

    I would move there in a heartbeat.

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    It is always a good idea to make sure you don’t forget the tripod if one of your goals on a trip is a family pic.

    I ended up balancing my camera on my camera bag and even on the hood of our vehicle.


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    Maybe next time we can stay the night and get some more hiking in.

    And yes, I did think it was odd that I wanted to stay in a vehicle with 5 kids all day for my birthday.