Sunday Serenity: Kickapoo State Park, Illinois

My friend Janet took these beautiful pictures last month while visiting, “Kickapoo State Park.” The park is located approximately two and a half hours south of Chicago in Oakwood, Illinois.

Janet graciously allowed me to share these photos with you. She also provided me with a quote from the author Rudyard Kipling. Kipling loved the outdoors, and especially Autumn when the leaves begin to turn color.

“A little maple began it, flaming blood-red of a sudden where he stood against the dark green of a pine-belt. Next morning there was an answering signal from the swamp where the sumacs grow. Three days later, the hill-sides as fast as the eye could range were afire, and the roads paved, with crimson and gold. Then a wet wind blew, and ruined all the uniforms of that gorgeous army; and the oaks, who had held themselves in reserve, buckled on their dull and bronzed cuirasses stood it out stiffly to the last blown leaf, till nothing remained but pencil-shadings of bare boughs, and one could see into the most private heart of the woods.

–Rudyard Kipling

Thank you, Janet!

I hope you are having a serene Sunday!

  13 comments for “Sunday Serenity: Kickapoo State Park, Illinois

  1. November 22, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Your friend took some great photos, Cher!! So much like home…

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  2. November 22, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Nice photos, Cher.

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  3. November 22, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Wonderful post, poem and photos!

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  4. November 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Rudyard Kipling always has wonderful prose penned. Kickapoo I know means something in the native language and translated in english to a kids mentality would mean something else Beautiful photos.
    Meaning of Kickapoo
    noun
    1.
    a member of a North American people formerly living in Wisconsin, and now in Kansas, Oklahoma, and north central Mexico.
    2.
    the Algonquian language of the Kickapoo.
    A tid bit for you Cher when that word we dare not speak til December and just maybe we will wrap it up new years eve
    First Known Use of OMED
    Noun
    What is the origin of demo?
    Etymology 1
    From Old Portuguese demo (“demon; devil”), from Latin daemon (“demon”), from Ancient Greek δαίμων (daímōn, “god, goddess, divine power”)
    There is a little history lesson. Hope your sunday is going well.

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    • November 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Well how could my Sunday not be going well after this lesson from history? 😉 😉 Thank you, Joseph!!! Cher xoxoxo P.S. Agreed about Kipling and a certain interpretation of this beautiful state park’s name! 😉

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  5. November 23, 2020 at 12:34 am

    You’re welcome. Pas de sweat.

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  6. November 23, 2020 at 1:40 am

    Wonderful words from Kipling which perfectly match the glorious images …Hope you are keeping well and safe, Cher 🙂 x

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    • November 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Why thank you so much, Carol! I really appreciate your kind words! And to you as well; thank you!! Cher xoxo

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  7. November 23, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Perfect words for these beautiful Autumn pictures, have a peaceful day

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