Our favorite nature photos of 2022

We're fortunate to spend a lot of time in the preserves, and we see some pretty amazing things

One of the best ways for us to tell the stories of what's going on in the forest preserves is through photos, and we're fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors so we can do just that.

Whether it's trying to frame a cool sunset shot, grabbing the macro lens to see the eye-popping detail on some insects or hanging back at a safe distance to photograph some bald eagles, there are so many opportunities to capture those moments and share them across our social media channels.

While we often use these photos to educate people about the subject matter, we'll keep it simple for our year in review and let the photos speak for themselves. Hopefully this serves as a bit of an inspiration to get outside more in the coming year and see what you can find, whether it's to get it on camera or just take it all in at the moment.

Here's a look back at some of our favorite photos we've taken in 2022: 

A bald eagle perched on a branch

A bald eagle at Hammel Woods

(Photo by Anthony Schalk)

A woodcock in the grass

A woodcock at Monee Reservoir

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Brown fungus on a log

Wolf's milk fungus at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

(Photo by Anthony Schalk)

close up of blazing star

A macro view of blazing star at Sugar Creek Preserve

(Photo by Chad Merda)

Fall scenery at Hidden Oaks

Fall scenery at Hidden Oaks Preserve

(Photo by Suzy Lyttle)

Barred owl in a tree

A barred owl at Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Deer peering through brush

White-tailed deer at Hickory Creek Preserve

(Photo by Anthony Schalk)

Yellow flowers in a field

Coreopsis at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Dew drops on a blade of grass

A dewey morning at Rock Run Preserve

(Photo by Chad Merda)

Tree swallow sitting on a post

Tree swallow at Hickory Creek Preserve

(Photo by Anthony Schalk)

Green heron walking on land

Green heron at Hidden Lakes

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Gray tree frog on a rock

Gray tree frog at Sugar Creek Preserve

(Photo by Chad Merda)

Spider web in the woods

Spider web at Hammel Woods

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Indigo bunting on a tree stump

Indigo bunting at McKinley Woods

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

(Lead image of a northern water snake by Chad Merda)

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