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I was driving through St. Charles County on a progressively grayer and cloudier afternoon when I came across this sight.

A burning tree stump just off the road. Dead grass and ice in the background – the contrast between the light and heat of the fire and the bleak landscape was most striking.

I stopped the car and walked down to the bonfire. It was giving off a strong heat. Pleasant to stand by on this cool day.

There was no one around looking after the fire that had clearly been set to destroy the old stump. Rather a waste of a good fire, I thought.This eagle, however, seemed perfectly at home on the frozen Mississippi River. Brrrr….