After a week or so of oppressive humid heat in early June, some cooler air blew in over the Emiquon Wetland Observatory.
As I entered the compound from the highway, I paused and looked south towards Havana. Bright blue sky and billowing clouds filled the sky behind the remaining foundations left over from farming.
Looking North, the trees that once surrounded the farm houses and buildings stood tall on the grass emerging after the year-long construction project.
The Lake Observatory is closest to the boat ramp. The boardwalk reaches out over the edge of Lake Thompson.
Looking north across the lake from here I could see the long boardwalk leading to the Wetland Observatory.
Looking to the west towards the highway and the upland bluffs of Morton Mounds, a semi-truck passes by.
I started out on the boardwalk that crosses the wetland on its way out to the observatory.
Long ropes of algae made patterns in the water.
As the humidity began to rise, clouds formed over the bluffs.
And a Red-winged Blackbird called out to mark his nesting territory.
A female Red-wing also stood watch nearby.