The cold winds blow and bring more snow to the prairie. It is tough on all of us, some of us unknowingly fall into cabin fever. You must stay active like you do other months to avoid it. It can come at any time of year if you don't get out. The mundane lives early settlers had of not seeing anyone for months at a time often created a chaos within some families. I don't have this problem since I play hard all year long, but there are some days I would rather be at the beach rather than standing knee deep in the snow. The wind woke me up in the middle of the night and I knew a soft blanket of new snow would greet me when I got up in the morning. On this day I headed over to the Mississippi River between Clinton and Davenport, Iowa and observed my favorite winter visitor, Bald Eagles.
A mile marker in Princeton
Hanging ten, floating backward downstream on an ice flow.
This pair was greeted by a flock of Lesser Scaup, a diving duck migrating toward the north.
It would be nice to walk across the street and board your boat or have a picnic along the bank of this mighty river.
A prairie palace, once a show place for the finest livestock. It sits out on the prairie all alone now, a ghost of the past waiting for a revival. I enjoy visiting this area peppered with Mennonite and Amish families among a conglomeration of tiny towns. Each has a basic interest to visit for mean something new for more treasures to be found. The café is a central meeting place through the week, a treat to meet new and old friends over a cup of coffee. The weather is always a first comment, and often followed by agricultural interest each person shares. Families have lived on the same tract for decades, passing the land on to the next generation. A warmth of living and loving surrounds these tiny towns and a joy to be part of. This happiness floats across the land on a gentle prairie breeze, for all to enjoy. It kisses my cheek and I travel on looking for more treasures to share and enjoy.
Beach house closed
Looking to another year
And many years past.