Nature in transition

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Here are a few images from a recent walk down in the valley of the Little Maquoketa River. I tried to capture the essence of the transition between winter and spring. The colors were still very dull. Last year's plants and grasses are in a state of fast decay but they create patterns and structures that I thought would make good B&W Images. I gave them a slight cool color tint, because I like it this way. All pictures were made with the Nikon D200 and the SIGMA 150 mm, f2.8 lens.