|Three views of pretty sunshine from Friday morning ride--Rockwell Collins pond on C Avenue (top), hillside approaching MMU (middle) and Catherine McAuley's halo gets a little bright on Rohde Plaza (bottom). Blue sky day.|
And there was Friday, which was a cool day but nice by winter standards.
I rode to work in the morning by the direct route, admiring the sunshine. I left work about 4 in the afternoon, and decided to take the longer Cedar River Trail route home—swinging by Cedar Lake before heading north.
I had not been to the lake for a while, and enjoyed seeing the crowded patch of open water at the lake’s north end. It was crowded with geese and a few ducks, and sounded like a busy cocktail party. I shot some images and moved one.
But a particular bird caught my eye, flying high above the others in a straight line headed southeast. It was a bit distant, but unmistakable—white tail feathers and white head gleaming in the afternoon sun.
I instantly wished I had my good camera with a long lens. Fortunately, the bald eagle interrupted its straight flight and circled for a while near the south end of the lake before turning and heading west.
As you can see, it was a pretty winter day. And in this part of Iowa, in 2018, eagles are not incredibly rare. Still, I think this was the clearest sighting I’ve had in recent months, and there’s still something awe inspiring about the sight of an eagle.
It should rain tomorrow—and I don’t do cold rain, even on my winter beater bike. We’ll see when I can get back in the saddle, but it shouldn’t be long. I did a short ride to and from the gym today, just one day after fresh snow fell, and it felt good.
Not as good as Friday—no eagles—but it seems biking weather is coming back!
|Other Friday views--sunshine through park trees on J Avenue in the afternoon on my way to the trail.|
|Just a small selection of the large bird party going on in the patch of open water at the north end of Cedar Lake.|
|Low sun looking west on trail by lake.|
|End of trail loop, I've circled the lake counterclockwise and am nearing the T intersection to turn north.|