Daffodils are reflected in water in a ditch along Dillinger Road in Carbondale on Tuesday morning. More than an inch of rain was reported in many areas from the storm that moved through the area early Tuesday.
Air Mail: A juvenile red shouldered hawk perches on a mail box on the north side of Carbondale Friday, October 14, 2016. Red shouldered hawks belong to the same family as the well-known red-tailed hawk. The "Birds of Illinois" notes that red-shouldered hawks were once plentiful in bottomland forests throughout the state, even being considered regular summer residents of the Chicago area. However, beginning in the 1960's, they began to decline and are now found most often in southern Illinois. Habitat loss, disturbance of nesting sites and pesticide use are the likely culprits. However, they have been making a comeback in recent years, thanks to the strong protection of the law. They are no longer considered threatened in Illinois.
A great egret is seen by the edge of the lake at the Du Quoin Fair at dusk Thursday, October 13, 2016. This body of water is at the edge of the fairgrounds and separates the fairgrounds from Du Quoin. This photo was taken after covering a high school cross country race at the fairgrounds.
The changing of leaves to a colorful hue is usually a sign of fall, but this year that has not been the case so much perhaps because of the unseasonably warm temperatures. However, as can be seen on this road through the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge, there is hint of some color and leaves are beginning to fall.
A large flock of pelicans were in Carbondale Reservoir near the Carbondale Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday morning. A mild week is on tap for the region as temperatures in the 70s are expected for the remainder of the week.
An SIU Aviation airplane passes in front of the moon while practicing takeoffs and landings at the Southern Illinois Airport in September in Carbondale. Some area aviation officials said after the weekend's deadly plane crash near Vienna that despite tragedy, crashes can provide teachable moments for those interested in flying.
A great blue heron passes through a shaft of light as it flies along the shoreline of Campus Lake at Southern Illinois University on Monday evening. University officials are draining the lake as part of efforts to deal with toxic algae in the lake.
These Green-Spored Lepiota mushrooms were spotted along Route 148 north of Herrin. According to "Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois" by Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller, these mushrooms are not edible. In fact according to this guidebook, "No other mushroom in America causes more poisonings than the Green-Spored Lepiota."
A meteor streaks across the sky (upper left-center of the photo) outside of Carbondale during the Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2015. This year's meteor shower is expected to be one of the best in years and will peak later this week.
A bolt of lightning streaks through the clouds over downtown Carbondale, on May 11, 2016. A weather system that caused tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings across Southern Illinois also caused the skies above Carbondale to be filled with lightning for hours.
A cottonmouth snake crosses the Snake Road in the Shawnee National Forest on April 1, 2015. See a slideshow and video from photo editor Byron Hetzler's visit to the Snake Road online at thesouthern.com