It has been a while since I have posted under the headline of “RIVER STORIES”, but hey, here is another one…

While leaving the marina at Mud Lake Park with the kayak again this evening, and just after I turned into the main channel of the big river, I saw one of the Bald Eagle adults that call this area home. You can’t have a better start, despite the gray overcast...

The water lilies are in full bloom at the moment and other flowers grow in abundance along the levies and islands in the Mississippi.

No Foster’s Terns today but these adult and juvenile Ring-billed Gulls posed nicely for a shot.

All images: Nikon D750, Sigma 50-500mm / f4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM

This flower is called Marsh Mallow (hibiscus militaris). They can grow up to 7 feet tall. I have never seen them before, although we paddled this area many times during the last few years.