Happy TGI Friday for all my friends who are still working.
After I finished up my photo shoot in Maquoketa yesterday, I decided to drive out past the Duck Pond. This is what I found on my way out-of-town. This was a corn field that hadn’t done very well and had been chopped into silage. It was flooded and a family of Trumpeter swans were picking corn off the ground. This is the male of the family. I was surprised at how close they let me get to them. I guess the pickings were better than their fear of me. Especially because I stayed in my car.
I was happy to see the four young signets from this past season. The dad kept a close eye on me while the others continued to feed.
Farther away across the field (lake) was another family of swans with three signets. I couldn’t get all four of them in the shot. Interestingly as I went past the Duck Pond it was a full of water as I can ever remember and not one species of wildlife was in it.
About one hundred yards down the road was this cornfield under water. I certainly feel bad for the farmers of the area. They work so hard getting the ground ready, planting, maintaining. Have a reasonably good growing season and then when it’s time to harvest their crop this happens. Difficult lively hood. We are grateful for them.
Enjoy your day and be careful.