Today we visited Starved Rock State Park with a couple of friends. Sadly, our impressions of the park and facilities have decreased with this visit; we felt it was very crowded and that the grounds areas weren't well maintained.
Even so, we had a nice hike and enjoyed ice cream cones before heading home.
Mason caught a small dragonfly. It didn't fly off for about half an hour; Mason walked and talked with it as we made our way through the trails.
I carried our camera gear and speedlights with us; I wanted to be ready to take an opportunity to practice some off-camera lighting.
We stopped to rest, drink water, and throw stones in the river at a wide spot in the trail and I took that time to try a couple of quick shots.
While these are very rudimentary photos and the lighting could be better, it was very rewarding to break out the gear and give it a couple of tries. I'm looking forward to our next opportunity to use off camera flash.
I don't think we're planning on heading back to this park for awhile. Instead, we'll look for another adventure in the book 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago: Including Aurora, Northwest Indiana, and Waukegan.
It's been a great resource; there's several other editions for other metropolitan areas such as Seattle, Sacramento, Portland, etc.