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Winter Blues and Grays

Winter blues and grays were found at Geode State Park today.  A mild day for January 1st, high 30s’s maybe even 40.  Most of the lake was covered in a thin layer of ice.  The light danced across the lake as the sun tried to shine through the thick billowy clouds in shades of blues and grays.  Dozens of Canadian Geese made an almost deafening sound as they took flight a short distance away.  Then for a brief moment, pure silence and the air still.   That moment blissful, no noise, just a beautiful winter scene of blues and grays.

Winter blues and grays at Geode State Park

Winter blues and grays at Geode State Park

As I drove away from the park it was the golden hour and soon the first sunset of 2017.  Mother Nature was teasing me with clouds moving and the sun trying to peer through.  As I headed west it looked as if there would be a chance of a pink sky just after sunset. The clouds were moving and illuminated with just a hint of sunshine, my hope for a pink sky heightened.  I found a location that I was hopeful to see if the sky would indeed turn pink.  The clouds were low and seemed too thick, but I was patient and waited.  Then slowly, a portion of the sky turned from gray to pink.

First sunset 2017 in Southeast Iowa

First sunset 2017 in Southeast Iowa

I continued to wait hoping the entire sky would explode in pink.  Only a portion turned pink, but a stunning pink for the first sunset of 2017 and leaving the rest of the sky filled with winter blues and grays.

First sunset in Southeast Iowa 2017.

First sunset in Southeast Iowa 2017.

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Happy Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day!  Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginiana, a woodland wildflower that is a herbaceous perennial.  The flower buds are pink with the flowers being blue, but white and pink are possible.  While living in Arizona my yard was full of Desert Bluebells aka California Bluebells.  Now that I am in Iowa, Virginia Bluebells will be in my yard.  These particular Virginia Bluebells were transplanted from the timber where my grandfather farmed to my aunt and uncle’s farm and just last week I transplanted several clumps to my backyard.