Scarlet Tanager and the Mississippi

Difficult to find because they spend most of their time in the high canopy of deciduous forests, I got several shots of some while hiking because the trees hadn’t sprouted leaves yet.  That has changed.  The trees have sprouted and the possibility of spotting a scarlet tanager will be more difficult now.


When Europeans first migrated across the United States, the first great obstacle was the Mississippi River.  I am camped near it and it is flooding.  Snow melt from this Winter and Spring rains have caused the rivers in this area to flood.  All that water is flowing into the Mississippi River, which is expected to crest here on Monday.


The information kiosk in the middle of the photo is about 2 and a half meters high.  Half of it is under water.  The dock in the background is wheelchair accessible and can usually be reached by walking.  You would currently need a boat.  Next part of the trip will be to cross.


4 Responses to “Scarlet Tanager and the Mississippi”

  1. 2 joel
    May 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    an your blue highways adventure begins……have fun

  2. 3 Randy Roberts
    May 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    thank you

  3. 4 Randy Roberts
    May 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Have fun? I don’t know? No working, only responsibility is to make sure I’m fed and housed and to take lots of pictures. Well, I’ll try.

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