An old international combine sits in the field. Been there for years now. Corn is planted around it. No reason to move it. It's not bothering anything.
Used some low level lighting for this panorama to light up the combine and cornstalks. @canonusa
Its hard to find a windmill in Iowa with all its blades anymore. This guy has a tree growing out of the bottom of it, kind of a knarly twisted little tree. Dew covered the grass and the deer walking nearby. Fog started rolling in off the river. The stars were bright. Perfect night. @canonusa
There has been so much clouds and rain lately I feared it would never stop. I had a guy tell me that if it rained on April 20th that we would have 20 days of rain in may. Anyone been counting rain days here in Iowa?
I have noticed the shovelers like to be near the teal, but not too close. Maintaining a personal space since the teal are too rowdy and move around a lot. Flapping and splashing about.
The upside for the shoveler is that the teal are a great intruder alarm since they are so keyed up and wary. The shoveler can relax, and wait for his teal partners to alert him of an issue. He is the last to fly away every time.
Again I am going to speak to the awesome colors of the shoveler. I did not mess with the saturation or edit the colors of this photo. That is just the very bright afternoon sun lighting up this usually overlooked and ignored bird. The northern shoveler has only been on the federal duck stamp one time. 1945-46 stamp.