Car dash display alternates between two messages: four below, ice possible, four below, ice possible. Message clearly designed by someone who never visits Wisconsin. When its that cold there is ice. Get moving its time to take in a cold January sunrise. Only -4° F in the parking lot outside of Palmer Park in Janesville, WI. Sunrise breaking through the trees at 7 am the temperature fell from predawn light. It was minus 1 in my driveway, ice was possible then too.
Palmer Park and Rock River Railway are just two of many urban nature areas on the National Ice Age Trail. Janesville WI hosts quite a few miles of urban wildlife habitat on the trail's southern loop. Janesville's green spaces are home to a variety of critters. I frequently visit Rock River Railway and Palmer Park. These spaces ring true to the same rule as everywhere. More frequent visits equals more critters found.
Past few years at the Rock River Railway I've seen more than I can remember. Numerous squirrels, mallards, buffleheads, osprey, eagle, downy woodpeckers, mourning doves, cardinals, black capped chickadee seen frequently. Less frequent but good to see are indigo bunting, snowy egret, blue heron, bald eagle and belted kingfisher. I'm sure I've missed a more than a few. Well worth return visits.
Set out to watch the sunrise and photograph some birds. Rarely do I find everything I look for. Today makes no exceptions expect cold weather birds - find steam off the Rock River. A whole different set of photographic settings used to capture winter river steam. I'll write an essay about it soon, until then here's an example.
Learn how to shoot without editing later in my next tutorial winter river steam.