Since Punxsutawney Phil has let us down so completely, here's my own little voodoo rain dance to entice the warm winds of spring. Also, I need help identifying this flower. I think it's some kind of coreopsis, but I'm not sure. If it's a previously undiscovered species, I will name it the canary umbrella.
Here is another recent winter photograph, taken just outside Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. My good and talented photographer friend Ben Coffman had been visiting that week, and we made the most of our limited shooting time together, first with some night photography under the Mormon Bridge and then with some early-morning photography the next day.
While browsing through my photos this morning, I noticed a staggering figure. I have 1082 photographs that were taken at Lake Manawa in 2012, not including the ones I've deleted for various reasons. This image is the very last of the bunch, taken just before sunrise on December 30, 2012--an extremely cold morning. It was the kind of peaceful morning in which even the early risers of the world stayed home to keep warm, giving me the whole lake to myself.