Finding the right angle

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Post by Brett Peto

I keep thinking about angles. Not the kind you measure with a protractor, but those you measure with your mind. The angle of a story, a conversation, or a project. Photography, of course, uses physical angles—where’s the camera pointed? is the sun directly overhead or is it the sweet time of golden hour?—but the best photos make you want to see even more. They make you want to break open the frame and soak in every bit of the Lake County Forest Preserves in northern Illinois.

Since it’s nearly the end of 2019, I thought I’d turn 180 degrees and peruse the photos uploaded to our group Flickr pool since January 1. Suffice to say: we’re spoiled. Spoiled with the beauty of Lake County’s flora, fauna, and natural areas, and the talent of the photographers who capture it for everyone to see. Trees and shrubs in their bright fall wardrobes on either side of a trail draining into a vanishing point. A sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) with both wings up like a paper airplane as it dashes to take off. A whirlpool of stars spun around a rich blue sky over a tranquil wetland.

I’ve gathered these moments plus seven more below, but that’s only a small taste. I encourage you to browse the rest of the visual buffet as we make the turn out of the 2010s into the 2020s. And, hey! You might become inclined to upload that shot living on your phone, camera, or computer.

"Night Moves." Photo © reddog1975.
Fungi and oak leaf. Photo © Deanna Moran.
"Frozen Tree." Photo © Michelle Wendling.
"Male yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata)." Photo © Phil Hauck.
"Crane Takeoff Roll." Photo © Jeff Goldberg.
"Trail through the local woods." Photo © Dan Lloyd.
Fall color trail. Photo © Lynn Bulgrin.
"Breakfast! Female red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)." Photo © Phil Hauck.
"Golden Shadows." Photo © Jeff Goldberg.
"Peaking." Photo © Michelle Wendling.

Thank you to every photographer who documented the angles they saw this year and shared them with us. To see more eye-catching images from the forest preserves or to share your own, join our group Flickr pool.

And as always, thank you to our readers. It’s energizing and encouraging to know there are so many others enthralled with the nature of Lake County like we are. We’ll be back next month—next year—uh, next decade (!)—with another story from the preserves. Until then, keep your mental protractors sharp and your angles true.

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