Painting during the golden hour in an old growth forest on the Wabash River was like painting in a cathedral of chlorophyll. At 330 acres Beall Woods may be the largest old growth forest in the Midwest. It was saved from destruction in the 1960’s by the founders of organizations such as Openlands and The Nature Conservancy. It’s definitely one of my favorite Illinois Nature Preserves (even if it’s not a prairie).
More info from Illinois DNR: https://dnr.illinois.gov/inpc/area.area8wabashbeallwoods.html and https://dnr.illinois.gov/parks/interpret/park.beallwoods.html