Month: March 2018

Spring has Sprung?

Spring has Sprung?

Really the calendar tells me it is spring but Saturday the weather said no sir it is winter still.  The original forecast called for 5-8″ so I thought yeah I can deal with that, besides they have been wrong all winter and fell shot on the predicted amounts all season.

Well I got up at my normal 3:30AM time and looked outside and saw around 2″ of fresh snow on the ground.  Yep they are wrong again, around 4:30 my wife Sandy woke up and turned out our Jack Russell (JJ) and said it was snowing hard.  I checked the weather service and they were predicting up to 10″ now.

At 8AM I fired up the snow blower and blew 6″ of the white stuff away from the cars and part of the yard.  By 10AM they were now predicting 10-14″ in my area with locally higher amounts.  It finally tapered off at around 3PM and we had around 15″.  Back on blower detail once again.  All winter I ran the blower only 2 times total and this weekend I ran it 3 times.  I am ready for spring but it sure did leave a pretty scene on my Sunday morning drive.  Most gravel roads were still impassable but the main roads were good to go.

 

Ducks At Sunset

Ducks At Sunset

I went to the Big Marsh at sunset and managed to get this nice view of some ducks on an open spot of water.  When I first walked to the location they all left then slowly they came back one by one until there were enough to make this image.  I like the colors and reflections of this image on the open water.  An enjoyable experience.

Gravel Travel In Spring

Gravel Travel In Spring

Traveling gravel roads in Iowa after the spring thaw can bring about new challenges.  The roads become soft from the snow melt and the frost leaving the ground.  This road actually looks worse for wear than it really was and was fairly easy to navigate.  I had to stop on top of this hill southwest of Kesley Iowa and take this shot looking east during this mornings sunrise.

Spring Migration

Spring Migration

Always look forward to the migration of waterfowl this time of year in Iowa.  Saturday morning I came across a large flock of geese that spent the night in a field of corn stubble.  I got out of the car and off the went and I managed to freeze them in mid flight.