Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.
What a difference a week [or maybe a couple of days] can make! As recently as March 10, I still needed snowshoes to navigate across much of the North Iowa landscape and wind chills were still routinely dropping into negative numbers. And then came the Big Thaw. Snow depths that looked [and felt] as if they should take weeks to melt, have disappeared in two days.
No longer exposed atop endless miles of snow cover, area pheasants must be breathing a sigh of relief. White-tailed deer are returning to bed in CRP grasslands. Sure would be nice to see a drier spring nesting season for 2014!