Rusty and Lulu were out in the river raising nets this morning, in that very cold air over the cold water, traveling 30 miles per hour in that cold air between nets. I didn’t get to talk to them, but I could see the slicker coats being used to good effect. They are really good to break the wind. Sometimes I don’t envy what those guys do to make a living. It’s good for romanticizing, but not for the reality of it. At least not at my age.
It is easy to notice the migratory birds that have reached here and are going about their winter duties in the yard. There are dark-eyed juncos, goldfinches, phoebes, white-throated and white-crowned sparrows and several others available for viewing every day. It’s hard to eat lunch without constantly looking out the window at the feeders behind the house. After picking out the meat, or most of it, I throw out the pan full of fragments of pecan shells, and the cardinals, sparrows and blue jays really go after the scraps.
The second picture is the same sunrise this morning, just a little later and at a 2X magnification.
The river is at 6.8 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge, falling to 5.4 feet by Monday. The Mississippi has a small rise that should get here next week, but the Ohio is falling hard and so no more water is expected very soon.
Rise and Shine, Jim