Monday, December 27, 2010

Another Winter Sunday

Winter Sundays can be amazing in the rural southeastern Minnesota landscape. Heading to church is turned into a winter wonderland. It was a cloudy day, but at that one moment there was a bit of light in the east that added to the mystique.
Ice3 at Whitewater State Park, MN

After church- off to Whitewater State Park for another snowshoe hike. It was a cloudy day so the bright blue sky didn't make the snow and trees stand out quite as much as they did last week. But the Whitewater River was as photogenic as always.

Winter4 at Whitewater State Park, MN

It's hard to see, but to the left of the sign are a bunch of animal tracks- crossing thin ice.
TrackIce at Whitewater State Park, MN

The brown and white colors, highlighted by gray, provide the opportunity for pictures galore, even with the downed tree I've watched before.

Winter1 at Whitewater State Park, MN

Even though the water keeps moving, ice forms and makes for gentle crystals.

Rime at Whitewater State Park, MN

Birds1 at Whitewater State Park, MN

And let's not forget the birds. I peeked around the corner and managed to get this one.

The extended forecast has major rain coming in on Thursday and Friday before freezing up on Saturday and sun next Sunday. All this snow could get really messed up if the storm continues the way predicted.  We'll see how this impacts the snow show at Whitewater.

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