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After blowing snow we decided to drive down to the Red Cedar State Trail and check on conditions. As it turned out the trail had not been groomed after a foot of heavy wet snow. Someone had broken trail for about 100 yards but after that we ended up being the only people on the trail. It was really beautiful with the trees covered in wet snow. We decided to ski down to the ice wall located about a mile and a half up the trail.

 

When we reached the ice wall we started looking to see if any eagles were around. My wife spotted two of them on their favorite perch above the ice wall. While we were photographing the ice wall they flew across the river to their nest. We watched as they seemed to be cleaning the snow out of the nest.

 

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When we woke up it was -17 and no wind. I knew it would be a great day to find some frost along the Red Cedar State Trail. I planned on going alone but my wife didn’t want me out in this weather by myself so she decided to come along. When we arrived at the Irvington Parking Lot we could see the frost covering the trees. We skied south on the trail for a short distance because that is where the best frost can be found. More photos from the Red Cedar Trail cam be found on my website.

We were really cold because I was stopping for photos all the time. As long as we were on the trail we decided to ski down to the ice wall that forms every winter along the trail. It was difficult skiing because there were quite a few places along the trail where ice was overflowing the trail. In addition, there was barely enough snow to set a track. the ice wall was in peak winter condition.

On our first walk along the Red Cedar Trail since our return from Iceland  we found a number of flowers blooming.

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Spiderwart

Spiderwart

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade

Thimbleweed

Thimbleweed

One of my favorite spring photography subjects are ripples in small streams. These were taken on a small stream flowing into the Red Cedar River.

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A few days of nice skiing before the weekend rains took us down to the ice wall on the Red Cedar State Trail. On the way back we encountered several Trumpeter Swans. With the warm weather and the open water they seem to be dispersing to new locations.

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A beautiful day for skiing along the Red Cedar State Trail. We haven’t seen the sun all that much this winter but this was one of those days.

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On a recent ski outing along the Red Cedar State Trail we noticed some interesting ice formations in the river. In locations where branches were hanging in the water or sticking up out of the water ice had formed around the branches. In some cases the water level had changes and the ice was a foot out of the water. The next day I brought my camera along to get some photos.

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This was the first time in two years we have had enough snow to ski on the Red Cedar Trail. It was such a beautiful day that we skied nine mile which turned out to be a bit much for our first time out.

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Red Cedar Trail Bridge

Red Cedar Trail Bridge

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Virginia Waterleaf

Virginia Waterleaf

More photos from the Red Cedar Trail can be found on my website.

I was out for a walk along the Red Cedar River last week. It was on, what has turned out to be a rare sunny day. There was a small stream flowing into the Red Cedar. The sun on the ripples in the water created some interesting patterns on the streambed.

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