One of my favorite things in winter is to head to the Mississippi River to photograph bald eagles. They are fierce birds, enormous, powerful, graceful and gorgeous. And with a big lens, several layers of clothes, a car full of snacks, and lots of patience, the photography is a blast. These images were shot along the Lock and Dam systems at LeClaire, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois.
It's been a while since I had a good old-fashioned four-hour photowalk through the Loop. Dawn was up for the challenge of capturing crowds of people being festive, and after proper amounts of coffee, off we went.