Thursday, June 19, 2008

Twilight on the Trace

A peaceful scene that I shot from the trail at Buffalo Trace trail at Mahomet. Many years ago the area was a feasting site for wild buffalo, who munched on tallgrass praire plants and sipped water from the nearby Sangamon River. I paused to take these photos while running on the trail a couple of days ago. A nice sunset when wildflowers abound is a favorite time to run the trail, as is winter with sparkling snow illuminated by a full moon.A field of wildflowers that borders the trail. A while later . . .

. . . a group of eight deer were browsing on the vegetation in the same field. The photo is fuzzy and I got only two of the deer in the shot. The group slowly moved away at my approach. Fantastic sight.

The trail is interrupted in a few places by small streams, which can be quite muddy after rains like we've had. The makeshift plank bridge on the left was nice, but sometimes it was easier just to run right through the muck to cross the stream.

The Moon Master, my buffalo buddy Chris Migotsky, resorts to a little walking near the end of an all-day 56-mile run on the Buffalo Trace trail. He's not mentally right. Chris organized this week's "seven-day run as many miles as you can" race. So far, I've been out there every day, logging five miles a day.

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