A foggy, snowy day yesterday. I decided to go out and see if I could find some trees with crystallized ice on their branches. Never really found what I was looking for but I did find some interesting things to photograph. The only disappointment was I found a row of trees that had a lot of snow clinging to their branches and in the middle of them sat a beautiful red cardinal. By the time I got the camera ready to shoot he flew away. 😦
This old bridge is no longer used by vehicle traffic, just wildlife critters. I hiked about a half mile (well it seemed like a half mile) to grab this image. There were rabbit tracks and paw prints (I’m assuming fox or coyote.) I suppose it could have been a cat or dog. I’m not fully trained in the art of reading animal tracks.
Came across this old barn surrounded by the snow. There used to be a twin barn that set a hundred feet to the side of it but all that I found yesterday was the foundation. I’m couldn’t tell if it had been torn down or burnt down. Either way it’s sad to see a wonderful old barn gone forever.
That’s it for today. Thanks for checking out the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
As we often do on a Sunday afternoons, Jeanne and I took a drive around the area looking for things to shoot. I always like to check out the 16th Street Basin but again, on Sunday like it has been so far this year, there was nothing going on. Two ducks were swimming in the lower corner (the only open water.) so we moved on to the river. There were eagles flying over the dam and some in trees but there were also fishermen in boats just below the dam so the eagles were not interested in getting close to them.
We then went over to the ice harbor and found the ducks. Last year they were at the 16th Street Basin in great numbers. The year before they spent most of their time on the 14th Street stream. I love to watch the ducks play and interact with each other. Since we couldn’t find them this year at their usual digs I thought perhaps they have moved on. I’m glad to see they are still around.
We took a drive over to the Sinsinawa Mound area. I haven’t been there this year and thought perhaps we could find something interesting. We did find this old rake sitting at the end of a barren field. It would have been nice if there had been some clouds in the background. Yes I could have added them in post production but didn’t even think of that. 🙂
There just wasn’t anything that caught my eye even though we drove about 40 miles total. Lots of barns but none in good light or they had metal roofs. Jeanne doesn’t like barns with metal roofs so I have crossed them off my list. We found some barns with high stone foundations and weathered siding but the light wasn’t good or the barn had a metal roof.
Back in Dubuque we drove down some of the back streets by the river. I have never shot the Julian Dubuque Bridge from this angle. I really liked how the evening sun was bathing it in light. We stopped at a gas station before heading home. My car has a 16 gallon tank and I put 15.74 gallons in it. We were running on fumes. 🙂
There you have it. Three unrelated images with no theme just what we found on a Sunday afternoon drive in Eastern Iowa, Western Wisconsin and Illinois. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day, more snow coming so be careful.