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Columbia Bottom Conservation Area this evening. Winter continues its approach, but today was warm (64°F/18°C) and sunny for the bulk of the day. This helped generate a very pleasant ambience for a trip through this Mississippi Valley conservation area.

Unfortunately for both me and ducks, a hunt was in progress that kept me away from some of my favored spots, but it didn't really matter that much. I didn't even that bad for the ducks, the two and half hours I spent brought only one gunshot to my ear.So I wandered around deliciously aimlessly, sopping up the light and warmth before the sun dipped below the horizon, stealing all the warmth of the day with its disappearance.