Posts Tagged ‘alton’

Views of Alton and Grafton, Illinois, 270713

August 1, 2013

After we were done at the Lewis and Clark State Historical Site, looking at the old boat and the settler’s houses, we went to Alton:

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The

Clark Bridge

with its distinctive, floating-in-the-air look, is one of the most beautiful bridges I’ve seen:

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We also cross the Missouri river, over another, more conventional bridge:

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The road to Alton, along the right bank of the Mississippi river, has limestone cliffs:

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As one enters Alton, this beautiful mural greets one:

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The distinctive quarry is another landmark:

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An old-style paddleboat, which now houses a casino, looks colourful:

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The lighthouse in Grafton is very pretty…

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This wooden boat takes visitors for rides:

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The windows and wall of this house caught my attention:

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There’s no doubt about the food served here:

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We went down to the Grafton Ferry:

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The buildings on the riverbank are very pretty:

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Sailboats on the river enjoy the beautiful weather:

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However, a surprising number stay moored in the marina:

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Light aircraft take up people for joyrides:

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There are kayaks for hire…

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They go past interesting-looking clouds like these…

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Hope you enjoyed the visit down to Alton and Grafton!

The Bald Eagles

January 27, 2007

Gosh, this jet lag means no sleep at the “right” times…so I decided to post the bald eagle photos before going off for my walk…Photos by KM. The camera had a lot of trouble midway through and we were lucky to get any pics at all.

We went to Alton and before we were taken to the eagle habitat by bus, we went to see a captive bald eagle on the hand of his trainer, at the Visitors’ Center.

Here he is, McGuire the bald eagle, in all his majesty…he is named after the famous baseball player. He lives in Milwaukee.

Bald Eagle, Alton, 21 Jan 07

several more pics here

The Gulls’ Own Art…

January 27, 2007

As we went around the area from which we could see the bald eagles at Alton, we saw these gulls wheeling over and around the reservoir. They keep shitting all over the gates. what is amazing, though, is that one of these by-products has actually taken on the likeness of a gull itself!

Gulls at the Reservoir,Alton

Look at the marking under the third and fourth gull from the left…and tell me, doesn’t it look like a gull, beak and eye and all? Ha, self-portrait in Gull guano…!