With temperatures most days going into the 90's, it's been too hot to ride Blue during the main part of the day. Last night I put him in a pen near the barn so I could enjoy the early-morning hours today.
The sun was just coming up as we traveled the road to the river bottoms. (I need to trim Blue's bridle path; he's looking a little bit "punky".)
We had to wait for a coal train to pass.
Then we headed east with the sun directly in our eyes.
We've had an abundance of rain this year, and there was still water standing in some areas; the egrets enjoy these places.
Hopefully if you click on this picture to enlarge it, you can see egrets in the water and also flying away. You can also see my little town's water tower in the distance.
Shadow against the wheat-stubble.
Can you see the tiny new soybean plants?
Heading home, I enjoyed the verdant landscape: Tassled corn in the foreground, dark green soybean field in the distance.