I have been asked by friends in the past to show more of the landscape that surrounds the Mississippi Valley. Well, here are a couple images that were made last Sunday during a trip along the big river.
The first one was taken from a popular overlook north of Guttenberg, Iowa. I have seen this peninsula in the river completely flooded several times before and I’m sure the most owners of these recreation homes do not keep any valuables on the first floor. With the rapidly rising temperatures the snow cover on the ice started to melt and I believe we are not too far away from seeing the ice on the river disappear. The Mississippi is here about 2 kilometers wide, just to give you an idea about the scale
The second photo is made at Balltown, a small town up on a hill just a few miles northwest of our home. You can look deep into Wisconsin on the other side of the river. The limestone bluffs on the Wisconsin side are about 5 kilometers away from Balltown. I like to drive through the country side here in eastern Iowa, especially at this time of the year. It never looks the same to me and even if the fresh green is not out yet, it is just nice to see the snow go away