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!

  • Tag: ‘Illinois’

    Heron Pond Nature Preserve~Cache River State Natural Area, Illinois

    Monday, June 5th, 2017



    Heron Pond Nature Preserve is really close to Shawnee National Forest.


    This is the Heron Pond Trail.


    It felt a little bit longer than the map said to get to the boardwalk.

    But it was the toddlers nap time so that might have contributed to that feeling…


    Nick ended up having to stay at the van with Little Bit and I took the older kids to the boardwalk.

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    Found it!

    I was just about to turn around when we saw it!

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    I am so glad we kept going because it was beautiful!


    I was really wishing for a wide angle lens!

    The trees were huge!

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    You could see a bunch of little trails in the duckweed.

    We read later that they were snakes, turtles and such.

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    It looks like you can just walk right on top of it.

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    I took a picture of this honeysuckle because the previous day’s drive through Shawnee National Forest was filled with the amazing smell of it.

    And we were stopped to change a flat tire…


    We did a small portion of the lookout point trail.

    This is a great trail for when mosquitoes are bad.

    It is right next to a cliff so it is really open and breezy but shaded.

    I am always on the lookout for trails like this in Oklahoma for summer time hikes!

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    My oldest took some pics.

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    Siblings get the cutest smiles for pics.


    This second boardwalk was super easy to get to.

    It is right off Illinois Route 37.


    Such cool trees.


    There are a lot of trails here although we only did a few.

    You could spend a long time exploring.

    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!

    TREC ~Bike Trail in Effingham, ILL

    Wednesday, May 24th, 2017


    Whenever we are going to visit my family in Indiana, we like to stop at Effingham, ILL.

    This is the first time I had seen anything about this bike trail though.


    It was nice to get out and run around!

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    It is a beautiful trail also!

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    It took a lot to get my kids to stop getting in the shot of just Nick and I…



    Nick moved it off the trail.

    Glad we have a new place to run off some energy after the long drive through Illinois.

     It can be difficult to find the entrances so make sure you read up on it before you go.

    There website is, here.