I walked around a frozen lake today, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunshine. We have had a long stretch of gray and overcast days, so it was wonderful. And the temperature was amazing - just above freezing.
I saw some amazing wildlife, which I will get to shortly. First, here are some scenes from the snowy trails.
Next - the lake itself. As you can see, we walk on the frozen lakes here in Minnesota in the winter.
Here’s an overlook built out over the water.
At the very end of my walk, I decided to take this little side trip — a path that goes over a bridge and crosses a creek to a marsh.
And that was when I saw two swans! I have never seen these beautiful creatures in winter here.
The other amazing thing was that I could see two other large dark birds further out. It's quite a large lake and I couldn't get close enough to see them from anywhere. My guess was that they were turkeys, because we have tons of them around here -- although I also couldn't remember seeing them in winter. I was wishing for binoculars!
After I had been watching and photographing the swans for a while, a woman with a nice camera came and joined me. She had a good telephoto lens, and said she had just gotten her camera for Christmas (a Canon Rebel), and was really enjoying it.
I asked her if she could tell me what the other two birds were, and she told me they were eagles! Unfortunately, I neglected to ask her what type. We do have a lot of bald eagles around here but you can see their white heads from quite a ways off so it must have been another breed.
Okay just a few more pictures. The creek was really pretty. And I'm so amazed that the lake is completely frozen and people can walk on it, but meanwhile the water is running beneath the crust of ice.
Thanks so much for visiting and reading my blog! Please leave a comment to let me know if you experience anything like this where you live!
Well that was my #BeautifulSunday walk!
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