When you think of wintertime, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For most, snowy days, frigid temperatures, cozy sweaters, and nights by a fire perfectly sum up just what the blustery winter season is all about. In some areas, winter is a luxury.
I spent the majority of my life in the South and it was a rare occasion to see snowfall and to experience a real winter. When those times actually do happen, everyone takes advantage of the rarity. Schools and businesses shut down, forcing communities to slow down and take in the tranquil stillness that befalls them.
For the residents of Gladstone, Illinois, this calm stillness brought a rather large surprise. One day, a photographer named Brian Woolman witnessed a sight that was unlike any he had ever seen before. It was so rare that he knew he had to document the occasion.
While standing near the Mississippi River’s edge, he saw sheets of ice floating with the current. That, in itself, was a sight! As he looked closer, something else caught his eye. Standing on pieces of ice were Bald Eagles. Their demeanor looked as if they were just enjoying a leisurely float down the river with no worry in sight. He quickly grabbed his camera and caught this stunning footage. Check out the video, below, to see it!