These are taken by the Illinois River slightly south of Lacon, Illinois, in the Marshall County State Conservation Area.
We were driving back from Chicago this afternoon, taking the slow scenic route. Illinois Route 26 at this particular point. We found this spot right by the river. You can see the car parked to the left in the above photograph.
It was very cold, but we lingered until the richest colors had faded. It was just too beautiful to pass up.
[img]The Illinois River was quite low, and much of what we saw was either mud flat or just a very shallow covering of water. In many areas the water was frozen. It all took on this glorious glow in the evening light.