Spring has apparently arrived, rather abruptly. Three feet of snow, on the ground since early December, have disappeared in the course of a week. The first red-winged blackbirds are laying claim to the sodden, dun-colored landscape and creeks are swollen and muddy. Overhead huge flights, tens of thousands of geese (snow geese I think) literally filled the skies over the Iowa River valley today. This photo covers only about 1/10th of the geese in the sky at the time I shot it. They were very high and many were in or above the low clouds. The lakes are still frozen so the geese must be landing in the fields, which probably still hold a lot of fallen corn, covered with snow and ice since late last Fall.