Over the last few years as I’ve spent more time in nature I’ve started to notice so many differences between all the different trails I walk in and have come to realize that each and every one of them is special in its own way (at least to me). And yet having said that after reading an iNat user bio emphasizing the beauty of southern Illinois nature, my knee-jerk reaction was incredulity! I realized that despite never even having been there I had unfairly imagined field after field of crops and never stopped to wonder what nature in Illinois might look like and just how wonderful it probably is.
So I wanted to ask you all: what are some of your favorite local nature spots? Is there anywhere that highlights what you love most about the typical nature that exists in your area? Or maybe somewhere that is (or seems) “uncharacteristic” of where you live that you find special? Some place you wish more people were aware of?
I’ll share one of mine. I live in coastal AL and one of my very favorite local trails is the Splinter Hill Bog which blew me away with its abundance of biodiversity. Here’s a Flickr link for general photos and an iNaturalist link to see observations. I had never been somewhere that suddenly felt so alive in comparison to the surrounding yards of grass-and-not-much-else and it was a really special experience to me. I hope to get to read what you all have experienced and learn what other parts of the world are like!