So, yesterday I decided to take a trip over the the Mississippi river on the Iowa side. Perhaps see some eagles and other wildlife. So I went to bed early and woke up (without an alarm) around 4 a.m.

Got breakfast and then started on the 3.5 hour drive there. I looked up a nice little place to go that I figured could have a nice selection of wildlife both on the river and with some hiking in the woods.

When I got to the spot I heard some ravens. I barely got a glimpse at them and didn’t get a decent photo. Besides them there was no wildlife at all in the area. I even went hiking in the woods and didn’t hear any birds. But, I found just a few things to take photos of, but not much...

After this little disappointment (can’t have great days all the time) I headed to the nearest photography store (thankfully there was one) and picked up a UV filter for my camera.

Then I headed over to a small town called Galena in Illinois. Thought maybe I’d see something around there. Nope. But I did get some not bad photos, so not a total bust, but still...

The funny part was, I was talking to a friend the day before the trip and he asked “how do photographers always find all these animals?” Well, we don’t “always” find them...