We did a little driving, both to see relatives and to see some sights.
It seems to break into three or four subjects, at least that there are pictures of. Today I thought I'd talk about Marquette Park, in southern Illinois, the nearby town of Grafton, and of course the mighty Mississippi.
In the early spring, once the ice on the river breaks, there is a blessing of the fleet at the feet of Our Lady of the Waters. Fittingly, she looks out over the waters and the fishermen, tugboat pilots, recreational boaters, and whoever else floats on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. This orientation of the statue makes photography somewhat challenging. I shot the photo from the opposite side of the river, while briefly stopped on the River Road (Illinois state highway 3, I think) and the clouds were somewhat lowering and the mist was trying to start falling again. Zoom is my friend.
|Our Lady of the Waters|
|Cave along one of the trails at Marquette State Park|
|We were pretty sure this was a duck blind. Just thinking about hiding in that cold, cold |
water under the cover for hours in duck season makes me cold.
|Driving along the River Road--large tree-covered blob in river is a new island that has formed from drifting mud.|
After our walk, we were hungry, and since it was not the wrong day of the week, stopped at the famous Beasley Fish Market in Grafton for fried buffalo (fish, not mammal) sandwiches.
|This is THE place to get a fried fish sandwich. I prefer carp to buffalo (no tough skin inside the curled up fish) |
but either has a fine flavor!