In the midst of a winter that never seems to end, some things just are worth the word "awesome." Such are the bald eagles that for the past few weeks have decided to visit the Pecatonica River in northwest Illinois. Everytime I head for Rockford this little group of 8 eagles-3 adults and 5 juveniles-- is busy playing, fishing, or just looking regal even though the cars go by on Highway 70. I snapped this photo in the third week of February. The juvenile in this picture looks to be about 4 years old--bald eagles get their crown at age 5. It's been a long winter, but the eagles sure make it bearable. How spectacularly beautiful!