Not much to say except that these photos were taken on the eastern edge of the Southern Illinois University campus. There is a creek that runs through the woods. What looks like underbrush is actually fallen trees and their branches. This is just one small part of the various wooded areas that surround the university.
SIU-Carbondale is known for its beautiful, wooded campus on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Chicago natives are very often enthralled by the natural environment of deep southern Illinois and decide to spend the rest of their lives here.
Frackers are trying to move into Jackson County, but so far they have been forestalled.