Mississippi River winter dawn2_StaatsLike many people, we’re dealing with colder than normal temperatures.  Sometimes the cold allows for some unusual photography, and such was the case this morning.  Dressed with multiple layers we headed out before dawn, with a temp of -11.  The air was crisp, and the snow was loud and crunchy underfoot.  The main sections of the Mississippi River are frozen, but there are some areas that remain open.  We wandered down to Hidden Falls Regional Park where a portion of the river was open allowing steam to rise into the cold air.  At the edges of the open water were large sections of frost and we could see the new layers of ice forming.  It seemed unusual to hear the flowing water when the air and outside temperatures were so very cold.  Although it was a beautiful sight to enjoy, it was only for a short while as we headed back for some needed warmth and comfort.