A variety of topics for today's post... Each not quite deserving of it's own page, so will cover them all at once.
Tekakwitha Forest Preserve, so it is a natural destination when getting in a walk to "get back to nature" or just a chance to almost get lost in the woods. It has been a pretty mild Winter here, with lots of cloud cover if not downright fog and mist. Not great conditions to get pictures, but I took some to put my new mosaic software to work. Shown here is a 3-frame panorama showing the bike path down the east border of Tekakwitha that leads down to the Fox River, then across it on a bike/pedestrian bridge. Even when you only have a few minutes to walk, the quarter mile walk down the hill to take in the views of the Fox is always worth it. Over the last few years I've seen deer wading across the river, watched egrets and herons feeding in the shallows and cedar waxwings reducing the local insect population.
Of course, a tree and bark like this calls for some 3D action, so I took a few frames to put together in Photoshop. The frame at left is a stereo shot of the same section of tree as above, at right is a different part of the tree. As with the rest of my 3D posts, cross your eyes slightly so you are looking at the right image with your left eye, and the left image with your right eye. You will then see a center image that displays depth.