Category Archives: Parks

Grey Squirrels Feeding in the Snow

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A good morning for finding seeds in the snow. “We are expecting as much as nine inches by midnite tonight.”

Dan O. De Ment

MOVING ON

December 25, 2018

October 2007:  My wife, Jean, and I moved into our home in Peoria Heights October 31st.  This was not our first choice for a home but time constraints made it necessary.  Little did we know how much wildlife was wandering our neighborhood – living in our neighborhood.

1953:  I had grown up less than three miles from here … as the crow flies and, maybe, once in all my childhood a deer was seen in the neighborhood.  As a boy our streets were made from cinders.  Cinders are what’s left after the coal that heated our home was burned.  Everything seemed more quiet and much cleaner back then – even though homes were heated with coal.  The city was not new of course, but the past was still apparent. People living up the street, less than a mile away, still had horses.  

Back to 2007.  Our home has a narrow but deep backyard that touches right up to the railroad right-of-way.  The trains go by infrequently by this time.  None-the-less, they were still a force for moving freight in the area … mostly lumber  actually.  Once in a while I’d hail an engineer and we’d talk a bit about old times. I told him how when I was a boy I’d hop the train to school the back way. (you had to be here.)

2008: One late, fall evening I looked out into the flower garden where we had bird feeders hung on a staff-type pole with feeder hooks on it.  To my suprise a Buck and a Doe were feeding at the feeder.  The Buck was hitting the feeder with his antlers and knocking the seeds to the ground.  Both deer had to have jumped our small chain link fence further back in the yard – near the railroad track – to get to the feeder which was only a few paces from our back door.  When the Buck saw me (I was inside the house) he just kind of snorted and stomped his right front leg, but continued to feed.  The Doe just looked up and continued feeding.

2018: That was our first experience with deer in the area.  Off and on over the next few years we’d see deer running through the neighborhood or walking, in the evening, along the train track.  Once we had four Does in our front yard.  Another time four Wild Turkeys were roosting on a neighbor’s shed roof.

The train track is gone, and, as many of you have seen, it’s been replaced by a walking/bicycle riding track.  Deer, well we’ve seen two in the last three or four years.  Jean saw a Doe looking at her at mid-day, from some cover that managed to miss being cut down by the Park District … they purchased the right of way from the train people … and a year or two ago she saw a Doe and Fawn walking up the track north.  Most all the brush that had been providing cover for deer was removed when room was made for the people track.

The deer have moved back to the Nature Center a few miles from our home – we think.  They are, of course, capable of hiding in plain site, so, maybe they’re here but have not acclimated enough to the sound of so many people noisily interferring with their home turf.  Perhaps they’ll re-appear in numbers again  in a few years.

Feral Cats.  We had numerous Feral Cats, with kittens, running the neighborhood.  Many were caught, spade or neutered, and then re-released back where they were trapped.  A cat who we named Muffin, a Feral Cat, has been with us since the first year we moved in here.  She lives outside – in our garage – but eats here daily.  I can pet her and Jean even picks her up and grooms her with a little brush, however, she will not come into the house.

Stepping back a moment:  Our neighborhood was built, for the most part, in the 1950s.  There has been next to no building since the 60’s.  So, the building of the track is, unfortunately, the main reason for the disappearance of deer.

Time carves an endless furrow.

Dan O. De Ment

I haven’t run off

Howdy:  Sorry I haven’t posted a while.  You’d think someone who loves photograpy would have something new to offer.  Well, I actually posted the same image of our cat, Ming, twice, athough under different titles.  How odd is that?  Do you think I’m losing it?   I can’t believe I did it …  I did and it’s done.

Anyway, I will be out and shooting new images during the upcoming fall presentation.  We have some beautiful fall scenery in Central Illinois and I’ll be bringing it to you as ususal.

Thanks for being continuing followers of, Elm Drive Images.

Dan O. De Ment 😆

Sales and Marketing

Well, after delving into WordPress’ document’s it appears my Sales and Marketing will be accomplished here.  Go figure!  I will intersperse regular postings with infrequent Image Sales.  Thanks for your patience

Dan O. De Ment

 

Illinois River Valley on a cold Winter’s Day

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I shot this image a good many years ago from a Grandview Drive overlook in Peoria Heights, Illinois.  Many of you know this area well – many do not.  Grandview Drive snakes its way for a few miles above the valley floor and the scenery is always worth an image.  You can see for miles standing anywhere along the route of the Drive.  Even having lived less than a mile from this vantage point most of my life I never tire of the vista and the beauty.

Dan O. De Ment

Quiet Country Lane

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This country lane is located at Jubilee College State Park just 15 minutes outside of Peoria, Illinois.  Shadowed on the left foreground is a bean field and in the distance – a corn field. The image was shot on an early, partly cloudy, summer evening.

Dan O. De Ment

Doe stepping out for a drink

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I took this image yesterday at about 7:30 PM.  She was behind a business located next to Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights.   I used my camera, an Alcatel Pop Astro.  She sure was a pretty little gal and had just been drinking from the bird bath directly in front of her.

Dan O. De Ment

The Last Train through Town

 

I shot this image, the last train through Peoria Heights, Illinois, on May 9th, 2009.  I posted it back then but it was lost when I lost my hard drive – fortunately, not all the images.  My IT Guru recovered many of them for me.

The train engineer, shown in the image, told me, “this is it, the last diesel or any other train that’ll ever be seen on this track. He was correct.  The Peoria Park District purchased the right of way, or made some agreement with the railroad, however that’s done, and the rest is history.  As most of you know, the area is now a bicycle/walking track.  Right off the back of our property.

Dan O. De Ment

Illinois River Valley December 2013

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I shot this image in December 2013.  If you enlarge the image you’ll get a better view.

Dan O. De Ment

 

Quiet Creek-No Deer Visible

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I shot this image on September 9th, 2010, in the early morning, at Jubilee College State Park outside Peoria, Illinois.  It was presented at an earlier date but was lost when my hard drive crashed – I did not have a Seagate stand alone, back up hard drive at the time.

It had rained the night before and the water was still a bit muddy from runoff.  Deer came to the water daily to drink back then and we could stop and observe them. Today, six years later, you’re lucky to see a deer. Some, State Genius, decided it was time to allow hunting during the month of January each year.  Having had my say, I understand deer need to be culled when they over populate an area. I won’t go into why as most of you know about disease … cattle, etc.  “I JUST DON’T LIKE IT.”  That doesn’t change the fact it must be done.  Each season in Illinois between 50 and 70 thousand deer are taken during the hunt.  “I still can’t wrap my  head around it.”

Dan O. De Ment

Purple Clematis

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I took down the first post of this image because something caused my right hand menu to overlay it.  SORRY!

Dan O. De Ment

Up the Woodland Trail

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I shot this image at our local Nature Center near the end of October 2016.

Dan O.De Ment