The lowlands of the Mead Wildlife Refuge are often shrouded in an early morning ground fog such as in today’s image. The fog was not thick enough to obscure close at hand landscape features but was just enough to scatter the early morning light into a beautiful reddish glow. I could include the rising sun in the image as it’s intensity was reduced by both the fog and distant tree branches. The conditions allowing this image do not often happen and do not last but a few moments.
“The Mead” consists of approximately 30,000 acres, bordering both sides of the Little Eau Pleine River in northern Wood and Portage Counties and southern Marathon County. It is managed by the DNR as a mixture of habitats for plants, animals and birds, especially those associated with water. Parts of the wildlife area are open for hunting and fishing during regular seasons.