Deere Marsh after sunset, Mississippi River, Dubuque, Iowa

I interrupt my series of blog posts about our trip to West Virginia and Virginia for a more actual photo from right here at the Mississippi River. After a number of gray days it looked like the sun would come out this evening and so I took the dog, grabbed the photo bag, and drove down to the dyke behind the big John Deere works at the river. I got rewarded with a nice sunset but the clouds and light right after it were even more appealing.

What you don’t see, and so it is not really a part of my visual story telling, is ten thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds resting in the reeds and cattails right in front of my lens. The noise was incredible but I love to see their big gatherings during migration.