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Mississippi River Life

One month ago on Friday, 30 December 2005 I had the good fortune to have a shoreline to myself at the Genoa Dam in Genoa, Wisconsin, to photograph bald eagles. For three hours I watched the immature and adult eagles fish the open waters of the Mississippi River. The fog eventually rolled into the area bringing with it a light rain and temperature drop that made it difficult for me to continue photographing. The eagles began to perch in the trees in groups or solitaire on the ice flows. Three hours that reminded me that Nature is our teacher.


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Friday, 27 January 2006 was an ideal Spring day of 53 degrees, sun, and blue skies with interesting ornithological activity in Southwest Wisconsin. Along the Mississippi River I observed bald eagles mating in the trees, a pair of bluebirds and a cedar waxwing basking on the sunlit branches of an oak that looked ready to bud.


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The ice is still covering the backwaters of the river with plenty of open water in the main waterway for the eagles to hunt.


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Monday, 30 January 2006 brought sticky snow and clouds to the Blue Mounds, Wisconsin area.


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It is my pleasure to photograph Mother Nature in all Her wardrobe changes.


Photos © 2005,2006 Gwyn Padden. All rights reserved. Do not cut and take.

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