By Timothy Collins
Spring Sampler: West Central Illinois
A Photo Essay
Traveling along the backroads of West Central Illinois in McDonough and Fulton counties reveals treasures of light and shadow and splashes of color. April, 2016, in among days of gray and rain, offered some times of rich and unforgettable beauty.
A golden sunset bathes the Spoon River Valley on Helle Road in Fulton County, IL.
A cedar tree and a gate along Helle Road in Fulton County filter the setting sun.
Farmers Run in McDonough County basks in the early morning Sun where 1400E crosses. It drains into the Lamoine River, part of the Illinois River Valley.
Newly planted corn grows in the rich prairie soil near a wooded stretch of Farmers Run in McDonough County, IL.
Spring skies in West Central Illinois can be spectacular in between showers and thunderstorms. This is along 1500N, near the Lamoine River.