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Jack Frost painted his magic across north Iowa again last night. What a beautiful day. With thick fog and below freezing temperature the frost grew on everything. We drove around for many miles and there were thick frosty trees, shrubs, grasses and fences everywhere we went. I don't usually post a bunch of photos at one time, but I couldn't help myself. Click or tap to flip through the images. Enjoy. [Click Images to see larger]
Dale Mills and I started out the new year with a bit of paddling on the Winnebago River down river from the discharge area of the water treatment plant. We made it 1.8 miles before we got to ice-over, but it was at a convenient take-out place to get a ride back the vehicle (Judy's shuttle service). It was a beautiful day, overcast but with no wind and mid 20's temperature. It was a quiet float except for hundreds of noisy Canada Geese and ducks. We saw wild turkeys in trees and along the river bank, five Bald Eagles, a Kingfisher that flew from tree to tree just ahead of us down the river and 13 Trumpeter Swans that got up off the river and flew noisily right over our heads. A great way to start the new year!
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The Cupola Inn Bed and Breakfast is a charming B&B on the banks of the Winnebago River between Mason City and Nora Springs, IA. One of the fringe benefits is that guests have the opportunity to paddle the river with co-owner Dale Mills, an avid paddler for nearly two decades. On this float I accompanied Dale and a guest (Greg, a family friend) to enjoy paddling on an unseasonably warm November day as Dale made stops along the way to inspect and clean out several Wood Duck nest boxes only accessible by water. Along the way we saw Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, Canada Geese, Kingfishers and White-tailed Deer. The reflections on the river were wonderful even though most of the leaves were gone from the trees.
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While paddling the Winnebago River I took a little different abstract view of the of the fall colors reflecting along the side of the kayak.Click images to see larger.
Yesterday was the most beautiful, calm fall day for paddling the Winnebago River with good friend Dale, co-owner of the Cupola Inn Bed and Breakfast. The colors of the Ash and Silver Maple trees were brilliant, with spectacular reflections in the slow-moving, calm water. Besides taking time for photos we spent a lot of time just floating and enjoying the view. We really were in awe at such a perfect, beautiful day. We saw several eagles, two owls, Canada Geese, and a Kingfisher bird that was just taunting me, continuously flying just a head of us all the way down the river, just a bit too far to get a close-up photo. I did get a couple of photos of two of the eagles though.
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