Because some of the logs and trees are very large, after the fire gets going I need to take the bobcat and move debris into the hot part of the huge bon fire. Well it cannot hurt the Bobcat, but I found out it can hurt the operator. I pushed a large tree into the heat of the fire and I got doused with hot ambers on my exposed arms......lesson learned if I live long enough to do this next year.
I have never seen the islands looking better. They are stunningly beautiful. The river is near flood stage as the upper midwest has had high rainfalls, but if the frost is delayed and the river does not freeze this year, it will allow all that excess water table to drain off which normally freezes up and lets loose with floods in the spring. We are concerned about spring floods, but this record warm weather will allow the midwest to drain its water table without surface freeze.
My neighbor built this incredible eagles nest by his causeway where the water stays open from ice in the winter. We have a tree where an eagle sits in the winter fishing open water. However, this year I doubt the river will freeze. Our biggest challenge for our children and grandchildren will be climate change.