Spring is gradually arriving in Des Moines. This morning's walk at Raccoon River Park shows how much snow has melted, and how it's causing the river to swell. In some places, fast moving water was only eight feet (2.4 meters) from the trail.
Compare today's March 15 photo...
...with this one taken January 8.
Another trail-walker clued me in to keep watch for this migratory Eastern bluebird which I was able to catch with my camera. Though my picture isn't the best, it was lovely to see this spot of color on such a gloomy morning.
Our side yard has a minimal amount of snow remaining. We have lots of clean-up ahead, removing dead branches that have fallen from river birch trees.
And this dirty pile of snow, shaded from the sun on the north side of the house, will likely be the last bit to melt.
Happily, we're ahead of schedule with the expected snow melting progress, and we're hoping for the best as experts monitor flooding in low-lying areas.