Saturday, October 27, 2012
Painting Across America, Illinois
Horseshoe Lake State Park, Illinois
5" x 7"
acrylic on gessobord
We made wonderful friends in this part of Illinois. We enjoyed several days here at this beautiful park. Unfortunately, every night, we woke to raccoons foraging in our campsite and the area. Needless to say, Jack was not happy.
Horseshoe Lake State Park is located on Highway 111 in southern Madison County, Illinois, and is situated on a low flood plain called the American Bottom which follows the Mississippi River down to the Kentucky border. Rivers never follow the same path over extended periods of time and oxbow lakes are formed by the isolated sections created when rivers change direction and cut new channels. Horseshoe Lake was formed in this manner centuries ago and is one of two large oxbow lakes that can be found in Southern Illinois. Only about 10 minutes away from downtown St. Louis, the park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities on 2,960 acres.